Leeds Minster service marks rugby milestone

Jamie Jones-Buchanan delivered a moving speech at the service. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Jamie Jones-Buchanan delivered a moving speech at the service. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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A MOVING service at Leeds Minster celebrated the 150th anniversary of rugby’s arrival and huge influence in the city.

Members and management of the Leeds Rhinos squad were at the event, with England forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan giving a talk on ‘rugby, faith and me’.

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott also spoke to highlight the qualities of human life that rugby hones, and the event remembered Leeds players who lost their lives in the First World War.

The 80 minute service was open to both rugby codes and all teams in the city.

It was part of the culmination of a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of rugby in Leeds.

It was organised by the Leeds Rugby Foundation Heritage Committee. As well as the inspirational talks, there was poetry and a choir, with many dignitaries also attending.

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