Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott said he was pleased to see his side end 2012 with a victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Heatshot Festive Challenge. McDermott said he thought the game was a good contest and praised a number of this players, in particular the team's captain for the match Danny McGuire, "Magsy was brilliant. He led from the front and managed the game really well. I thought Joe Vickery had a good start. He found himself in the clear a couple of times and backed himself, which was good to see. Mich Achurch looked pretty strong and Joel Moon had a good solid game as well."
Rhinos trialist Joe Vickery made his mark in his first appearance for the Rhinos by scoring the first ever try on the new £1 million reconstructed pitch. The 23 year old, who joined the Rhinos in the close season, was in impressive form scoring two tries before going off with a rib injury. After the game the Australian said making his debut had been an awesome experience, "It was definitely a good experience. I said before that the crowd felt much more than 9300 and it was a good start for me to get the early two tries and I was pretty stoked to get the first try on the new pitch."
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar felt it was a shame that new signing Justin Poore was sent off in the first half of the Boxing day game and felt the decision had an effect on the contest. Speaking after the match he said, "It's a real shame it happened. You can't be too dissatisfied your players are getting fired up. It probably had an effect on the contest. It took a little bit of something out of the game."
With the deadline for online purchases to be delivered in time for Christmas now passed, pleased be aware of the following opening hours during the Christmas holidays for the ticket office, reception and club shop.
News of Sport England's decision to reduce funding to Rugby League by £10,000,000 over the next four years, has prompted Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Hawks and the Leeds Rugby Foundation, to come together and launch an ambitious new three year Development Plan for Rugby League in Leeds.
Leeds Rugby will once again host the Europe's Strongest Man event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium with some of biggest names and strongest men in the world competing to win the title of Europe's Strongest Man 2013.
Throughout the pitch reconstruction Assistant Head Groundsman Ryan Golding has given fans a unique insight into the project. In his final blog as the project comes to an end he updates us on the work that has gone on since the turf was laid.
Leeds Rugby Foundation are currently looking for two Project Tutors to join a new team that will work to reduce risk taking and anti-social behaviour among two targeted groups of disadvantaged young people (year 6 and key stage 3) and their families.
Leeds Rugby are inviting supporters to join them for a special service led by club chaplain the Rev Steve Mitchell at Headingley Carnegie this Saturday, 15th December, to remember loved ones and consecrate the new playing surface at the stadium.
The Rugby League World Golden Boot, which is awarded every year to the best Rugby League player in the world, will be awarded this year to one of six candidates, whose names appear below in alphabetical order.
Seven players - Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Ryan Hall, Johnathan Thurston, James Graham, Cameron Smith and Paul Gallen - retain their places in the annual Rugby League World XIII which is chosen every year by the game's worldwide media.
The Joy of Six - The Story of the 2012 Leeds Rhinos recalls an unforgettable year for Leeds Rhinos as they became the most successful team in the summer era with their sixth Grand Final win coupled with a third World Club Challenge success.
The shortlist for the Rugby League Golden Boot, awarded annually to the world's best player by Rugby League World Magazine, will be revealed on Monday 10th December in a press release and in the weekly newspaper Rugby League Express.
The meetings between Leeds City College and Wakefield College over the past few years have had some outstanding battles, with the result changing hands on many occasions and so it was again with the most recent clash.
Leeds Rhinos and England skipper Kevin Sinfield has been named as one of the Rugby League Personalities of the Year in the newly released Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2012/13 and you could win a copy now in our exclusive competition.