Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos will lock horns in pre-season, as they do battle in a game specially arranged to mark Jamie Peacock’s testimonial.
Peacock has played on both sides of the bitter West Yorkshire rivalry, and with no league fixture between the two sides this year, the curtain-raiser on January 25 will be certain to have a real edge to it.
Peacock has won three Super League crowns with the Bulls, as well as five more Old Trafford successes with the Rhinos, since joining them in 2006. He has also won the Challenge Cup and the World Club Challenge with both clubs, too.
“Jamie has been a fantastic servant to the game of rugby league, Leeds Rhinos and, of course, Bradford Bulls – where it all began for him,” said Bradford boss James Lowes..
“He wanted to see the Rhinos go up against us and we were happy to accept his request. The game will provide us with another high-quality test, in which we will make use of a full squad. It will be another step up for us.
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“For us, by that point, it will be about ironing things out, readying ourselves for regular-season action. I am sure there will be a great atmosphere at Headingley. It is a game for our supporters to look forward to.”
Former Great Britain and England star Peacock has spoken of his honour, while looking forward to the New Year clash.
“Firstly, I would like to thank James Lowes and the Bulls’ board of directors for agreeing to come to Headingley Carnegie for this game.
“To have a testimonial game is a real honour and I am grateful to all those who have made this possible.
“I know throughout my career how special any meeting between Leeds and Bradford is and with us playing in different competitions this season, it will certainly give this game extra significance.”
Leeds boss Brian McDermott added: “Jamie thoroughly deserves this testimonial game after he has given so much to the game over the last two decades.
“I know the Leeds fans will turn out in force to show their support for him and I am sure the Bulls fans will do likewise given the success he has brought to both clubs.”