In full: Brian McDermott’s in-depth transcript about how games are being refereed

After Leeds’ defeat to Hull on Thursday night, Rhinos coach Brian McDermott addressed the media in relation to how he believes Super League games are being refereed at different stages of the year. Here, in full, is what the Leeds boss said. McDermott: “I’ve got a little bit of a whinge going on. Too many possessions, whether someone is a…

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COLUMN: Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s incredible numbers don’t lie; he’s a Leeds icon

When you think of Leeds Rhinos’ self-titled golden generation, who do you think of first? Kevin Sinfield, perhaps; the man who led the side, famously kicked the goals and was first to lift each and every one of the trophies won by Leeds since their first Grand Final success of 2004 through to his retirement in 2015. Danny McGuire, maybe?…

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Watch Rugby League Back Chat (Show 5) on TotalRL.com now

Watch the fifth edition of the new series of Rugby League Back Chat now on TotalRL.com This week’s Rugby League Back Chat show is hosted by Dave Woods and features a guest panel of Gary Hetherington (Leeds Rhinos), Phil Caplan (40/20) and Chris Irvine (The Times). Rugby League Back Chat, sponsored by TotalRL.com, is broadcast every Thursday on FreeSports TV,…

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Occasions like Friday are why you play rugby, says Brian McDermott

Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes occasions such as tonight’s Grand Final rematch with Castleford in front of a bumper Elland Road crowd are why players want to play rugby league. McDermott is hopeful the two West Yorkshire heavyweights can put on a show befitting of what could yet be an all-time Super League record crowd at Headingley, as the two…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v Castleford (7:45pm, Elland Road – Sky Sports) Leeds are unchanged for Friday’s Grand Final rematch with Castleford at Elland Road. The Tigers, meanwhile, make one change to their squad – but it is a significant one, as prop Jesse Sene-Lefao has undergone MCL surgery which will rule him out for a number of weeks. Jy Hitchcox takes his…

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McDermott pleased with defensive resilience as Leeds return to winning ways

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott praised his side’s defensive toughness as they bounced back to winning ways with victory over Hull. Two tries apiece from Kallum Watkins and Tom Briscoe ensured the Rhinos made it three wins from their opening four games, on a night when the club reopened its doors to Emerald Headingley for the first time since construction…

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Leeds confirm Catalans fixture is in ‘some doubt’ – with decision likely on Thursday

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has admitted that Friday’s game against Catalans is in ‘some doubt’ – with a decision to be made before the Dragons fly to England on Thursday. West Yorkshire is one of a number of areas currently being hit by the ‘Beast from the East’, with snow and freezing temperatures engulfing large parts of the…

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