Leeds Rhinos confirm flights booked for star forwards Zane Tetevano and Matt Prior

Rhinos' star signing Zane Tetevano and player of the year Matt Prior are booked on flights to England and will arrive at Leeds in the final week of this month.

By Peter Smith
Saturday, 13th February 2021, 11:45 am

Tetevano, a current New Zealand Test prop, signed a three-year contract at Christmas and has been training with his former club Penrith Panthers.

The two-time NRL Grand Finalist took part in a pre-season camp with Penrith, but is now preparing for his move to Leeds.

Prior, who was his team mates’ and coaching staff’s choice for Rhinos’ best player in 2020, was granted extended off-season leave in Australia, but is expected to return to England on the same flight as Tetevano.

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Matt Prior. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Coach Richard Agar said flights are booked for next weekend or the start of the following week.

Under the latest coronavirus rules, Tetevano and Prior will quarantine for five days and then take a test for Covid-19 before being allowed to join in pre-season training.

Meanwhile, Rhinos will play Huddersfield Giants in a pre-season game, ahead of their Betfred Super League opener against Wakefield Trinity six weeks today, but Agar said a date has not yet been confirmed.

He admitted: “Ideally, I’d like another - I would like to give everyone a game. I’d like to play Hunslet or Featherstone as we normally do, but at the moment there’s a bit more water to go under the bridge before we can look at arranging those."

Zane Tetevano. Picture by Steve McArthur/www.photosport.nz/SWpix.com.

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Rhinos played Featherstone in pre-season last year. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.