They know all about hitting the high notes on the rugby field.
Yesterday, (Sept 25) though, Leeds Rhinos stars had to show some tuneful togetherness in the recording studio.
The players headed to Soundworks Studios on Kirkstall Road in support of an innovative fundraising initiative organised by injured colleague Stevie Ward.
Stevie has made the most of his lay-off by teaming up with his friend, music production student Dom Smith, and taping various Rhinos anthems being belted out on matchnights by fans in Headingley Carnegie’s famed South Stand.
Club favourites including Rob Burrow, Ryan Hall, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Danny McGuire, Chris Clarkson, Richard Moore and Alex Foster yesterday laid down recordings of different chants that are normally only aired during post-game changing room celebrations.
There was also time for the lads to sing some more conventional numbers, including Free Love Freeway, a tune penned by funnyman Ricky Gervais for hit sitcom The Office.
Now the plan is to release a collection of the combined musical efforts of fans and players during the run-up to Christmas.
Proceeds from its sales will be split between the Leeds Rugby Foundation and the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
Back-rower Stevie, who has been out of action since dislocating his shoulder in a match against Hull KR in April, said: “It’s been a lot of fun and hopefully it will capture the unique South Stand atmosphere and the spirit there is here among the players.”
Details of how supporters can get their hands on the finished collection will be announced via the www.leedsrugby.com website.