Peter Smith

Castleford Tigers 16 Leeds Rhinos 4: Gritty Castleford dig in to earn final revenge over Rhinos

THE PRE-SEASON Grand Final rematch proved to be more of an ordeal than a trial.

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Nathaniel Peteru

Castleford Tigers 16 Leeds Rhinos 4: Coaches Powell and McDermott not reading too much into outcome

BOTH COACHES cautioned against reading anything into Castleford Tigers’ 16-4 pre-season win over Leeds Rhinos.

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Bradford Bulls' Iestyn Harris tries to get past Leeds' Danny Ward and Jamie Jones Buchanan.

Leeds Rhinos Nostalgia: McGuire and McKenna at the double as ruthless Rhinos crush the Bulls

UNDER NEW coach Tony Smith, Leeds Rhinos finished top of the table for the first time in 32 years at the end of the 2004 Super League campaign.

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Rovers coach, John Duffy. PIC: James Hardisty

Featherstone Rovers boss Duffy determined to iron out wrinkles before big kick-off

TWO WEEKS before their Betfred Championship opener, boss John Duffy is happy with how Featherstone Rovers are shaping up, but admits some combinations need more work.

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Matt Parcell.

Leeds Rhinos: Grand Final rematch is ideal test says Matt Parcell

TOMORROW’S GRAND Final rematch is ideal preparation for the tough fixtures to come, Leeds Rhinos ace Matt Parcell says.

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Castleford Tigers forward Mike McMeeken. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Castleford Tigers: Grand Final defeat will always rankle says McMeeken

FOR MOST of Castleford Tigers’ players, tomorrow’s visit of Leeds Rhinos will be their first chance to get ‘back on the horse’ after the Grand Final agony of Old Trafford three months ago.

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Chris Chester.

Wakefield Trinity coach Chester expects perfect test from Huddersfield Giants

BOSS Chris Chester reckons Wakefield Trinity are in much better shape now than 12 months ago and says today’s visit of Huddersfield Giants is chance to prove it.

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Neil Kelly.

Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs stepping up preparations for new season

NEIGHBOURS DEWSBURY Rams and Batley Bulldogs will both continue preparations for the new Betfred Championship season against League One opposition tomorrow.

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Jordan Lilley

Coventry Bears 14 Leeds Rhinos 70: Teenage trio impress as Rhinos cruise to victory

ACADEMY BOSS Rob Burrow’s coaching career got off to a winning start when a very young Leeds Rhinos team outclassed Coventry Bears 70-14 at Butts Park Arena.

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Celebration of Rhinos legend John Atkinson's life following the church funeral servic at  the Headingley Pavilion. 1978 Challenge Cup final captain David Ward speaks.
19th January 2017.  Photos: Jonathan Gawthorpe

‘He stood out in every way’ - emotional tributes at funeral of Leeds rugby hero John Atkinson

Past teammates, supporters and officials gathered to pay their final respects to one of rugby league’s greatest talents at the funeral of Leeds legend John Atkinson.

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Leeds Rhinos: JJB hints that 2018 might not be his final season

VETERAN FORWARD Jamie Jones-Buchanan has revealed the new season might not be his last as a player.

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Tom Briscoe.

Leeds Rhinos: We’ve learned the lessons of our last title defence says Briscoe

WITH JUST 13 days to go until the start of Betfred Super League, winger Tom Briscoe reckons Leeds Rhinos are in a much better situation than before their most recent title defence two years ago.

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Harry Newman.

Leeds Rhinos: Young gun Newman out to make a big impression against Coventry

THE YOUNGEST member of Leeds Rhinos’ full-time squad has an appropriate name.

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Festive challenge Wakefield Trinity v leeds Rhinos tues 26th dec 2017
Richie Myler

Leeds Rhinos name strong squad for pre-season derby at Castleford Tigers

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has named his strongest-available squad for Sunday’s pre-season derby at Castleford Tigers.

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Leeds rhinos v Melbourne Storm World Club Challenge
Melbourne with trophy

Rhinos’ World Club Challenge clash in Melbourne set for live TV coverage

Leeds Rhinos’ World Club Challenge tie at Melbourne Storm next month will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event.

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2017 Dream Team forward, Grant Millington. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Castleford Tigers: Millington dreams of another consistent campaign

SUNDAY’S DERBY at the Jungle will be much more than just a pre-season ‘friendly’, Castleford Tigers’ Dream Team forward Grant Millington reckons.

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Rob Burrow.

Leeds Rhinos: Rookie coach Rob Burrow ready to be thrown in at deep end

PLAYING LEGEND Rob Burrow will take his first steps on the coaching ladder on Friday when a young Leeds Rhinos team face Coventry Bears at Butts Park Arena.

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Jamie Ellis, pictured during his first spell at Castleford Tigers.

Jamie Ellis relishing second chance with top targets Castleford Tigers

CASTLEFORD TIGERS will be the team everyone wants to beat this year – but new recruit Jamie Ellis insists they can handle that pressure.

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Leeds Rhinos' new captain, Kallum Watkins.
 Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Kallum Watkins keen to impress as Leeds Rhinos’ new leading man

NEW LEEDS Rhinos captain Kallum Watkins has described his appointment as “a massive honour and a real privilege”.

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WINNER: Leeds Rhinos' Kallum Watkins celebrates scoring his side's second try ion last year's Grand Final at Old Trafford against Castleford Tigers. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

Peter Smith: Why Kallum Watkins is ideal choice for Leeds Rhinos’ captaincy

KALLUM WATKINS’ appointment as Leeds Rhinos’ captain was a surprise to some fans - although the fact the club used his image on the front of their 2018 handbook was a clue.

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