Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Leeds Rhinos

Rhinos want long-term commitments from key players


Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington wants the core of his squad to finish their careers at Headingley. The 59-year-old was speaking after handing Carl Ablett a lengthy contract extension yesterday that will see him remain at Headingley until 2018. Hetherington also wants England winger Tom Briscoe to end his career with the Yorkshire club. “Carl is now contracted until ... Read More »

Ben Jones-Bishop letting his rugby do the talking

Ben Jones-Bishop. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos winger Ben Jones-Bishop plans to let his performances do the talking in his pursuit of a permanent place in Brian McDermott’s starting 13 this season. The England Knights star, 25, has been a Rhinos regular since 2011, scoring 46 times in 71 appearances. However, in the offseason, McDermott signed England winger Tom Briscoe, and it is rumoured the ... Read More »

Kevin Sinfield: Rhinos hungry for silverware

Kevin Sinfield. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has spoke of his side’s disappointment at finishing the 2013 season with no silverware. The West Yorkshire giants failed to add a trophy to their cabinet for only the second time in seven years in 2013, and are now determined to end what can only be seen as a drought given their track record. “We ... Read More »

Jamie Peacock up there with the all-time greats, says McDermott


Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has compared Jamie Peacock to some of the game’s greatest ever prop forwards, claiming he is ‘one in a million’. Peacock, now 36, has signed a new deal that will see him stay at Headingley until the end of 2015, just weeks shy of his 39th birthday. “While it’s an interesting note because of his ... Read More »

Sutcliffe will be an old-fashioned stand-off, says McDermott


Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott believes promising youngster Liam Sutcliffe is destined for a career as a halfback, despite being physically more suitable for a role in the back row. The 19-year-old, who is six feet tall and weighs just under 15 stone, made his Rhinos debut in 2013, scoring seven tries in 18 appearances. “I think Sutty will have ... Read More »

Hardaker is a good egg, says McDermott


Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has praised Zak Hardaker for the way he took the disciplinary action that resulted from his behaviour at the World Cup. The young full-back was sent home from the competition by England coach Steve McNamara and was fined by the Rhinos on his return. “He’s had a bit of a controversial offseason with what happened ... Read More »

Rob Burrow: Rhinos are more determined than ever

Rob Burrow. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Rob Burrow says he and his team-mates are more determined than ever to win some silverware this season. The West Yorkshire club had only their second trophy-less campaign in seven years in 2013. Burrow says it has ignited a hunger in all of them. “We’re more determined than ever,” said the England and Great Britain international. “Of ... Read More »

Rhinos to take on London at full strength

Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey, now in his 13th season at Leeds. ©RLphotos

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has named a full-strength squad for Ryan Bailey’s testimonial match against London Broncos on Friday night. The lineup features no less than seven of England’s World Cup squad, including new signing Tom Briscoe, who will make his debut in front of a home crowd. Bailey starts at prop for his testimonial game as he kicks ... Read More »

Brett Delaney: Show up for Ryan Bailey’s testimonial


Leeds Rhinos back-rower Brett Delaney believes Ryan Bailey deserves a big turn-out for his testimonial game against London Broncos this Friday night. The 28-year-old Australian, who lives with the English prop, believes the 13 years of service Bailey has under his belt warrants a bumper crowd. He also revealed he has a softer side. “Everyone thinks he is some big ... Read More »

Jamie Peacock to retire at end of 2015


Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock has signed a contract extension that will see him hang his boots up at the end of 2015. The 36-year-old signed a similar deal in March of 2012, hinting he would call time on his career at the end of 2014, but a superb 2013 saw him think again. He will be just weeks from ... Read More »