Luke Gale 'stood down' as Leeds Rhinos captain

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed Luke Gale has been "stood down" as club captain as a disciplinary measure.

Monday, 26th July 2021, 1:59 pm
Luke Gale has been stood down as Rhinos captain. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

In a statement today (Monday), Rhinos said the demotion was as a result of "behaviours not aligned to team trademarks".

Gale was dropped for last Friday's win over Salford Red Devils.

He is understood to have had a disagreement with coach Richard Agar at a team meeting last week.

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Matt Prior captained Rhinos against Salford and scored their final try. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The club statement confirmed - as revealed here over the weekend - the half-back will be available for selection for Thursday's game at Hull.

It included a comment from Gale, who said: "I would like to apologise to everyone connected to the club for my behaviour, which fell below the standards expected of our team.

"I will be making sure I give my absolute best every day to help the team achieve our goal this season."

Rhinos say they "now see this matter as closed."

The club have not confirmed a new captain, but Matt Prior, who last week agreed a two-year extension to his contract, has skippered the side this term in Gale's absence - including during last Friday's game - and is favourite to continue in the role.

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