THE Rhinos travel to America for their next pre-season game when they take on South Sydney in Jacksonville
YOUNG England international Ashley Gibson extends Leeds contract until end of 2009.
GREAT Britain star Kevin Sinfield will return to the Rhinos starting line up on Friday night in the Powergen Challenge Cup clash with Rochdale at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 8pm.
THE Castleford match has been confirmed as being re-arranged for this Sunday 5th March, kick off 3pm, at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.The original fixture was postponed at 7pm by referee Phil Bentham after concerns regarding a patch of frozen ground near the South Stand side.However, Head Groundsman Jason Booth and his team will be working round the clock to ensure Sunday's fixture gets the go ahead.Booth commented after the game, "We have had a constant dialogue with the Board all day about conditions and at 5 o'clock the pitch was passed fit to play. The pitch was 95% playable at 7pm unfortunately there was a patch that the referee deemed dangerous."We had anticipated the bad weather from forecasts and the frost sheets went down on Wednesday afternoon. We also had hot air blowers on the South Stand touchline as this area is prone to freezing because the sun does not get over the stand. However, the heaters had to be taken off when the turnstiles opened and a drop in temperature has caused an area to stiffen up."We will work round the clock to make sure everything possible is again done to get the game on on Sunday. The fact that it is a 3pm kick will make a big difference as the ground temperature will be above freezing. If the game had been at 3pm today we could have played, if the game had been at 5pm today we could have played."Operations Director Steve Ball also praised supporters for their actions after the postponement, "I would like thank the supporters for the manner they treated the announcement of the postponement. We were disappointed to have the game called off at such a late stage especially for the fans but the way they conducted themselves, both Leeds and Castleford supporters, was a credit to their clubs."The club also confirmed that the snow that fell on Friday afternoon had no bearing on the decision over the game. The majority of the snow had already been cleared from the frost sheets and there was no snow on the playing surface.All tickets for Friday's game are valid for Sunday's re-arranged fixture and anyone who requires any further details should contact the Headingley Carnegie ticket office which is open from 9am until 12 noon on Saturday.
LEEDS Rhinos will be at full strength for their only home pre-season friendly against Harlequins this Sunday at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 3pm.The team for the game will see players from squad number 1-13 line up to play Quins in the London clubs first game in their new guise in the UK.The game will see Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock make his debut for Leeds in the front row whilst there is also first appearances in the pre-season campaign for the Rhinos other test internationals Chev Walker, Keith Senior, Rob Burrow, Ali Lauitiiti, Gareth Ellis and Kevin Sinfield.Commenting on the game Head Coach Tony Smith said, ?Quins had a good win last week at Catalans and will be full of confidence coming to Headingley Carnegie. This is a chance for us to step up our preparations for the start of the season against Huddersfield. The players who have not played yet, particularly Jamie Peacock, are desperate to get a game under their belt and they will be up for a big performance, especially in front of our own fans.?We are still a fortnight away from the start of the season so we will be having a look at a few things but this is an opportunity to access where we are now and what more needs to be done before the campaign starts,? added Smith.The team in full is:1. Richard Mathers2. Scott Donald3. Chev Walker4. Keith Senior5. Lee Smith6. Danny McGuire7. Rob Burrow8. Ryan Bailey9. Matt Diskin10. Jamie Peacock11. Ali Lauitiiti12. Gareth Ellis13. Kevin Sinfield (c)14. Shane Millard16. Willie Poching18. Jamie Jones-Buchanan20. Nick Scruton21. Carl Ablett
LEEDS Rhinos have received a massive boost ahead of the start of the new engage Super League season with the announcement that season ticket sales have gone through the 10,000 barrier and are in excess of last year's figures.The capacity at Headingley this season is restricted to 16,600 due to construction work on the new Carnegie Stand and with last season's average set at 17,011, fans have been quick to snap up their season tickets.The Early Bird offer deadline for purchasing season tickets was on 31st December and at the close of business the Rhinos had sold over 10,000 by the end of the year, more than this time last year when Leeds were heading towards the Carnegie World Club Challenge having won their first Championship in 32 years.Commenting on the rise Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, ''This is a fantastic achievement for the club and we owe a big thank you to our supporters for backing the team for 2006. With our capacity restricted for the start of next season, fans have been keen to make sure they are here to show their support for Tony and the team and that is shown in these figures. Fans still have until the opening game of the season against Huddersfield on 12th February to purchase their season tickets if they have not already done so and get admission to two games free of charge. However, there are only 14,500 season tickets available for sale so they should purchase them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."
LEEDS Rhinos have today reminded fans that, in the event of a Rhinos win at Old Trafford, there will be Homecoming at Headingley this Sunday from 12 noon. And Bradford Bulls will get a heroes? welcome from their home city if they win the engage Super League Grand Final this Saturday.
COACH Tony Smith looks ahead to the Rhinos game against Bradford Bulls at Headingley this Friday, kick off 8pm.
ALI Lauitiiti will be hoping Leeds Rhinos can get back to winning ways this Friday when they take on Salford City Reds at Headingley, kick off 8pm, and give the giant Kiwi double reasons to celebrate.
LEEDS Rhinos boss Tony Smith is confident his team will be ready to face Australian champions Canterbury Bulldogs in next month's Carnegie World Club Challenge ? despite just one full scale warm-up game.