AUSSIE RECRUIT Adam Cuthbertson will make his first appearance for Leeds Rhinos in the Tetley’s Festive Challenge at home to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Rhinos today confirmed Cuthbertson will feature in “the strongest team the club have been able to field for a number of years” for the traditional Boxing Day derby.
The former Newcastle Knights forward is due to arrive in England later this month and will begin training on December 1.
At least one other recruit could line-up alongside Cuthbertson on Boxing Day.
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands a potential signing has undergone a medical at Rhinos’ Kirkstall training base, though chief executive Gary Hetherington declined to comment.
Wakefield are expected to give a Boxing Day debut to Ian Kirke, who joined them from Rhinos earlier this week and was training with his new team-mates for the first time today.
With only three players – Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall – involved in the current Four Nations series, Rhinos will field a powerful side in their first pre-season fixture.
Hetherington said: “The Boxing Day game is always a great family occasion.
“Having received feedback from our fans’ forum we have looked to put into place a pricing structure that is attractive to members and non-members.
“With ourselves and Wakefield looking to field strong teams, I cannot think of a better value-for-money day out for all the family over the Christmas period and I hope the fans turn out in great numbers.
“As usual, it will be a chance for both sets of fans to see some new faces for the first time in their club colours and with child entry for just £5 and families able to all come for just £40 it promises to be another festive cracker.”
Rhinos have increased the discount for members from last season with 2014 and 2015 members of both clubs able to buy standing tickets for £15 for adults, £10 concessions and £5 for juniors aged 16 and under.
Seat prices for members are £20 for adults, £13 for concessions and £5 for juniors aged 16 and under.
A new non-members’ family ticket – for two adults and two juniors – has been introduced for this year’s game, costing £40 for standing areas and £50 for seats.
Rhinos members have until 6pm on Monday, December 1 to purchase their regular seat for the Tetley’s Festive Challenge.
All unsold reserved seats will go on general sale from December 2.
The discounted match tickets are available to Rhinos 2014 supporter and flexi pack members/Rhinos 2014 and Rhinos 2015 season members and Rhinos 4 Life members until 1pm on Christmas Eve from the Headingley Carnegie ticket office.
Tickets at the general ticket price are available online until midnight the day before the game.
Matchday prices for adults will be £18 to stand (£13 concessions, £5 juniors) and £23 for seats (£16 concessions, £5 juniors).
Hunslet Hawks, meanwhile, will be formally recognised for their achievements in 2014 with a civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr David Congreve, at Leeds Civic Hall today to celebrate the Hawks’ Grand Final success.
The reception starts at 6pm and in attendance will be players, staff, directors, sponsors and volunteers from the club as well as the Kingstone Press Championship trophy and official mascot Harry Hawk.