Lewis Jones, Vic Hey, Eric Harris and Arthur Clues are some of the greats of rugby league who, during their careers with the Leeds rugby league club (LRLC), earned such a kinship with famous South Stand of Headingley.
The fact is that all first played for Amber and the Blue before 1952, nevertheless, hints at total how many special players have featured at the front of the iconic terrace that will get demolished after the game against St Helens. Though, the demolition is in its way to a new state-of-the art stand by 2019, but so many memories intact will this iconic terrace is there.
From here, Jamie Jones-Buchanan watched the team, which he is going to be part of from the South Stand. The likes of Garry Schofield, Kevin Sinfield, Mick Shoebottom and John Holmes, would all become the darlings of that Headingley crowd vociferous part since the opening stand in the year 1931. Thus, for the West Yorkshire club, it often proved as an extra man.
The emotional send-off of this terrace is planned for the evening and on the occasion, some handful of Leeds players will be seen actually recall their childhood memories of standing on the terrace as kids.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan Second-row is one of that individual. He said:
“At Leeds, my first experience was in the South Stand. I never thought that I would be a professional player some day or play for Leeds. I used to come here, just to watch the game of the best team in my local area.
It has been a wonderful place. The place is the witness of a number of epic games internationally, not just for Leeds. I recall how I used to come here and watch the game of Australians in front of nearly 23,000 people.”
Featherstone Rovers captain Ian Hardman has signed a new contract thus extending his stay with the club.
The new contract is expected to expire after a year.
Hardman joined the club from St. Helens in 2009 and ever since then, has become a fixture in the side.
Last Friday’s game against Leeds Rhinos which saw them fall 58-0 under the hammer of Leeds was his 250th appearance for the club.
In the Kingstone Press Championship, the Jon Sharp led side currently lies in the fourth berth. Halifax is in the fifth behind them with just one point and one more game than Featherstone.
And while the 31 year old was delighted to have penned a new contract with the club, he insists that their focus will be to ensure that they hold down their position in the top four.
“It has been a real privilege to lead the team this season and I hope to be leading us in an exciting Qualifiers campaign in August. We are fighting for our place in the top four, while striving to make it back into the top two.” Hardman said.
He also stated that with the current squad the team is building and with the kind of ambition spirit they possess, they would be sure to reach great heights.
Hardman also noted that they could end the season on a great note as well as to begin the new season on a fantastic note if they can keep on strengthening and performing better on the field.
He believes he is fit and he continues to work hard to ensure that his form remains up. He hopes that as far as his body remains healthy, he could continue to remain a part of the club’s future.
It is expected that LEEDS RHINOS’ England forward Brett Ferres may face the ban of four to eight matches, when the disciplinary panel of Rugby Football League’s will call him to appear before them.
Ferres is facing the charge, that at Headingley during Rhinos’ 26-18 win, he made dangerous contact on Wigan’s Oliver Gildart.
The second-rower, who has played three games in total so far in Leeds in 2017 after recovering from groin injury, which was for a long period of time was sin-binned by referee Ben Thaler. Thaler issues the grade E charge on him. Under the disciplinary system of RFL this is the second most serious level of charge.
The decision was taken when the incident came to the sport’s match panel and studied by the review panel of the sport’s match. In the similar incident, Rhinos prop Brad Singleton got strict punishment and was banned for six matches. So far, he has served the suspension of half of a six-match.
The ban was imposed on him because of grade E charges of striking Catalans Dragons’ Greg Bird with an elbow in a game. It was the most serious punishment handed to a player of Leeds player after David Cruickshank faced the banned for eight games in the year 1990.
Shaun Wane the coach of Wigan said, after the action, Gildart suffered a “serious back “injury”. Because of this he will not be able to play for two to three months.
However, after the game, Ferres Tweeted and said, “I would never want to hurt a player intentionally” and also revealed in the tweet that he had apologized Gildart after the incident happened. What kind of punishment will be given to Ferres will be decided on soon by the sport’s match panel on Wednesday.
England’s winger, Ryan Hall has made a call to his club side and fellow team mates at Leeds Rhinos, to aim higher this season and try to be the best they can.
Leeds will begin their Betfred Super League campaign as they travel down to St Helens next Thursday. Top on their to-do list, would be to regain their lost pride after a disastrous campaign in the 2016 season saw them miss out on a place in the play-offs for the first time.
In all competitions they participated in, the previous year’s treble winners lost a whooping 16 out of a total of 19 opening matches.
They were in serious relegation danger before they were able to pick up form during the season’s second half.
At the end of the regular rounds, they were able to climb to the ninth position, therefore topping the Qualifiers table, a zone made up of the bottom four in Super League and the leading quartet from the Kingstone Press Championship.
They were able to win 11 games out of their final 13 games, thus restoring a little pride, and leaving them with something to build on.
However, Ryan Hall has admitted that their performance was not good last year. He wants them to work together and achieve something, get back among the trophies, head onto the major finals and go on to become the best team.
“You have got to set out to try and achieve something and to be the best team and that’s what we are trying to achieve, in all competitions.
Adrian Morley, former Leeds and Great Britain forward will be once again join his first club by today, December 1st as part of a new-look backroom team with the club.
The newly created role which will see him work as Academy Head Coach, in addition to being part of the senior coaching team at Leeds Rhinos. Also, he will serve in ambassadorial position at Headingley Carnegie on every match days.
Last season, Morley worked at Salford Red Devils last season, after retiring from the game back in 2015. The Great Britain international finished his career at Salford, his home town club, thus bringing a 20 year journey to full circle.
Morley is the only British player to have won an NRL Grand Final and a Super League. In his new position, he would replace Chris Plume as Academy Head Coach, thus allowing Plume to concentrate solely on the first team squad.
Head Coach, Brian McDermott while commenting on Morley’s appointment had said,
“The appointment of Adrian will certainly strengthen us for next season.
“To have secured Adrian is a massive boost to our youth development programme. He will work alongside our Head of Youth Simon Bell and I will definitely welcome his input on the first team squad given his standing in the game and his record of achievement throughout his career.
“It is great that we have kept a man of his experience, on both sides of the hemisphere, in our game here in Super League.”
Morley noted on how funny it was that he had started out with the club as his first, and also made his final appearance with them a year ago after appearing as a guest in the club’s clash with New Zealand in 2015 at Headingley Carnegie.
There are still two rounds of Rugby Championship matches to be played. But, that is immaterial now as New Zealand has won the Rugby Championships on their home soil after taming South Africans 41-13.
The Rugby Championship was confirmed in New Zealand after Argentina was not able to stop the formidable Australian rugby team from winning with a 36-20 in another championship match. The All Blacks have reclaimed the Rugby Championship title from the Australians.
The match against South Africa was played at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Dane Coles gave everyone a Masterclass on how to play in the backline and he was responsible for setting up three of the New Zealand tries.
The World Champions showed why they are rated as the number one team in the world and Springboks did not have any answers to the questions raised by the All Black players. It’s no wonder tickets to the New Zealand games against England sold out in record time (though there are still a few seats available on this website).
The Coles passes were well received and completed with tries by Sam Whitelock, Israel Dagg and Julian Savea. The finishing touches were given by Ardie Savea, Ben Smith and TJ Perenara as they crossed to earn New Zealand bonus point victory.
By virtue of this test win against the South Africans, New Zealand stays pretty in the lead with 20 points and thereby also clinch the Rugby Championship title for 2016 with two more matches to go. There was nothing to cheer about for the Springboks apart from their winger Bryan Habana completing his 66th test try. He is just three tries short of Japan’s Daisuke Ohata for the maximum number of tries title.
New Zealand did not put up a good showing in the first half and ended the first half with a score line of just 15-10. The second half saw a complete change and the Black Caps were all over the Springbok players and thereby won convincingly.
Harry Jepson is the late president of Leeds Rhinos. They are planning to celebrate the life of the legend. And this event is meant to be a great reunion for the entire rugby league.
Where is this event going to be held? They are going to hold this event in Headingley Carnegie. The members of the general public will be allowed to attend this event. There will be invited guests as well at the event. It will be held on next Tuesday.
Tony Currie, the former Test Player of the club from 1980s is going to be one of the major guests. He will be coming all the way from Australia to be a part of the event. The whole current squad will be there at the event. And so many old players will be present at the event to celebrate the legend Harry Jepson. Jepson died last month when he was 96.
Of course, Jepson was such a great man. He was such an important and influential person when it comes to the overall fate of the club. The chief executive of the club remembered that, even at 96, he was there to visit all the officials before the match. Jepson knew all the current officials and have been in touch with everybody.
And he was still involved with the club. He worked as a teacher at the club. His fans love him for the contributions he has made to the club. Everyone who is fond of this great legend can be a part of the event, said the chief executive. It is going to be a great reunion for the rugby sport as well. The speakers intend to speak about his life as a teacher. And they plan to read his favorite poem as well. The event is going to be a very special event for the fans of the game as well as the fans of the club.
The Qualifier matches that were held recently see Leeds Rhinos having scored 37 to 12 against the Leigh Centurions. Sam Hopkins was successful in scoring against the Leeds on behalf of Leigh among the first two tries that were put up.
The Qualifiers has seen Leeds Rhinos emerging on top and they have denied the Leigh Centurions from getting a perfect record. Being part of the promotion of Super League this was an important match for the two teams.
The Leeds Rhinos have played well and this year’s campaign has been won well by them. They have emerged treble winners last season and this time too they have obtained four scores before the season break.
Brett Ferres and James Segeyaro have been able to score ties in this game while Jimmy went twice over in four minutes. There were three more that came in the second half and Leigh was able to secure consolations with the performances of players like Matty Dawson and Sam Hopkins. The status of the 2017 Super League for both teams was known before the kick off came from.
The top spot remains for grabs at the Qualifiers. Leigh has been winners in the Championship and they will return at the top tier after 2005. There will be a 20 match run where Leigh will compete. However Leeds was able to end their hopes as they started off with a lead of 18-0.
The stranglehold by the Rhinos continued in the second half and Joel Moon helped to finish off with a counter attack. Ashton Golding as well as Segeyaro was able to finish the job well. The coach of Leeds Rhinos stated that this year at rugby league had been one of the toughest but he was glad that the team has performed well this year.
The Royal British Legion has a new sponsorship from Leeds Rhinos.
In support for the organization the rugby club has launched shirts that are part of a limited edition. The shirts of the Leeds Rhinos club would be part of a new limited edition.
The look is new as compared to the existing logo or branded club t shirts and other accessories. The funds are being raised for a reason as well. It would be hundred years since the time the legion fought in the Battle of Somme. The funds are being raised in order to commemorate players who had served in the First World War, having been part of the legion.
The new heritage shirt design is launched to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the Battle of Somme which had begun on July 1st, 1916. In this battle Leeds Pals who were part of the 15th Service Battalion along with Prince of Wales’ regiment, fought but were devastated on the opening day. The first day’s slaughter on the battle field claimed about 20000 men who were English as well as French. It included names like Sergeant David Harkness Blakey who had been a rugby league player of Leeds.
The initiative was taken by the heritage committee of Leeds Rhinos Foundation. They researched and gathered a list of players who had been part of the first as well as the second team who had taken part in the First World War. The names of these players are mentioned on the inside of the shirt’s neckline. As a tribute to this day, the Leeds Rhinos would be playing at the Headingley Carnegie stadium on July 15th. They would be wearing this heritage shirt for the game. There are replicas of the limited edition up for sale and the proceeds of the sales would go towards the fund formed for the Royal British Legion.