Leeds Rhinos stars visit superfans’ shrine

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RUGBY star Jamie Jones-Buchanan raised a glass to celebrate two Leeds Rhinos superfans who have created their own bar and shrine to the club.

Life-long rugby fan Graham Richardson and wife Jayne have transformed their back garden in Burley into a Leeds Rhinos den, complete with a decked-out shed with posters, banners, a bar and a television screen to watch the all-important games.

Graham and Jayne Richardson with Jamie Jones-Buchanan. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe

Graham and Jayne Richardson with Jamie Jones-Buchanan. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe

Headingley favourite Jamie Jones-Buchanan and former player Roy Dickinson visited the impressive shrine yesterday, ahead of the club’s big Challenge Cup final against Hull KR on Saturday, August 29.

Jayne, 52, said: “We’re so excited to have them here.

“It’s the first time we’ve done something like this and it’s great for the build-up and for getting everyone in the mood for the match.”

Husband Graham, 60, first went to a Leeds Rhinos game when he was a child, and has been a fan ever since, going on to play for Milford and attending regular Leeds Rhinos matches.

The couple ripped out the old shed in their garden and invite family and friends over to watch games, often taking their three grand-daughters see the Rhinos play at Headingley Stadium as well.

Jayne added: “I’ve been a Leeds Rhino ever since I met my husband.

“It’s our 28th anniversary on the 29th, and we’re all going to be celebrating at Wembley with friends.

“Hopefully there will be two reasons to celebrate.”

The Rhinos are urging people to deck out their homes and businesses in the club’s famous colours during the countdown to the big game against Hull KR on Saturday, August 29.

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