Leeds Rhinos: Banned forward Jones-Buchanan to miss Featherstone cup clash

Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Jamie Jones-Buchanan
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VETERAN FORWARD Jamie Jones-Buchanan will get an enforced rest when Leeds Rhinos face Featherstone Rovers in Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final. The 35-year-old has been banned for one game after the RFL’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of making grade B dangerous contact with Anthony England in the first minute of Leeds’ 18-16 win at Wakefield Trinity last Saturday.

Jones-Buchanan, who pleaded not guilty, has missed only four of Rhinos’ 20 competitive games this year. Meanwhile, Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has declined to comment on speculation the club are keen to sign half-back Richie Myler from Catalans Dragons.

Myler, 27, has also played for Widnes Vikings, Salford Red Devils and Warrington Wolves and been capped seven times by England. He joined Catalans at the start of last season on a two-year deal. Hetherington would say only: “It is inevitable we will be linked with any number of players if they become available.”

Rovers have been boosted ahead of Friday’s tie by former Castleford Tigers and Batley Bulldogs forward John Davies’ decision to sign a new contract until the end of 2019. Davies said: “I have really bought into the direction the club is heading in and where those at the helm are looking to take it over the next few years. It’s something I want to be a part of.”