Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington

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Leeds Rhinos boss Gary Hetherington blasted 6 of his rival Super League chiefs after they thwarted a move to heal the rift in the game.

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Aiton out for three months

Leeds Rhinos have been dealt a blow with news that hooker Paul Aiton will miss the next three months whilst undergoing a course of prescribed medication to treat the medical condition which has side lined him for the past two weeks.

Paul Aiton will miss three months because of illness
Paul Aiton will miss three months because of illness Credit: Press Association

Chief Executive Gary Hetherington commented, "Paul is desperately disappointed because he feels fit and healthy but after tests and consultation with a specialist he has been advised that he needs a course of medication.

"He will not be able to play whilst taking this medication until he has made a full recovery. This process is expected to be about 12 weeks, but he will be monitored on a monthly basis.”

Paul Aiton added, "I'm so enjoying being part of the Rhinos team and really disappointed I will be out for so long. But, I'll do all I have to and be back raring to go.”

Head Coach Brian McDermott said, "Paul had settled in really well, so to be losing him and Jamie Jones-Buchanan for the next three months is a blow, but at least they'll both come back at a crucial time of the season pretty fresh and fit.”

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Rhinos honour Jamie Peackock's 500th game

Leeds Rhinos have re-named Friday 11th April JP Day in honour of legendary former England skipper Jamie Peacock who will play his 500th career game next Friday 15 years to the day since his first ever Super League appearance.

Jamie Peacock plays his 500th game this week
Jamie Peacock plays his 500th game this week Credit: Press Association

Peacock made his debut for Bradford Bulls on 11th April 1999 against Wakefield, having previously played four games on loan at Featherstone Rovers, and now 15 years on he will play his 500th career game against the same opponent but with Leeds Rhinos.

To mark the occasion, thousands of Peacock masks will be distributed at the game for supporters to wear. Plus the club will be using a special hashtag #JP500 for fans to pay tribute to the legendary forward on social media that will be shown on the big screen and scoreboard on the night.

Leeds Rhinos re-name Friday 11th April JP Day

Former England player Jamie Peacock carries out the trophy during the World Cup Quarter Final match at Headingley Credit: PA Pictures

Leeds Rhinos have re-named Friday 11th April JP Day in honour of legendary former England skipper Jamie Peacock who will play his 500th career game next Friday 15 years to the day since his first ever Super League appearance.

Peacock made his debut for Bradford Bulls on 11th April 1999 against Wakefield, having previously played four games on loan at Featherstone Rovers, and now 15 years on he will play his 500th career game against the same opponent but with Leeds Rhinos.

To mark the occasion, thousands of Peacock masks will be distributed at the game for supporters to wear. Plus the club will be using a special hashtag #JP500 for fans to pay tribute to the legendary forward on social media that will be shown on the big screen and scoreboard on the night.

Bailey and Clarkson drop down to help Hunslet

Leeds' Grand Final winners Ryan Bailey and Chris Clarkson will play for third-tier neighbours Hunslet against London Skolars on Sunday.

Ryan Bailey Credit: Press Association

Neither Bailey, who has collected six Grand Final rings and three World Club titles, nor Clarkson, who has appeared in two Challenge Cup finals and won a Grand Final ring in 2011, are in the Rhinos squad for Friday night's Super League match at leaders St Helens.

The pair will play instead on a dual-registration for the Hawks in the Kingstone Press Championship One.

Hunslet director of rugby Darren Williams said: "We've resisted the temptation to utilise dual registration so far in 2014 but our injury list is horrendous at present and it's starting to cause some concern.

"We even had to cancel Tuesday's training session due to the low numbers of players fit enough to be able to train."

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Leeds Rhinos Ryan Hall agrees 5 year deal

Ryan Hall tries to break through the Huddersfield Giant's defence Credit: PA Pictures

Leeds Rhinos and English Rugby League have been given a massive boost with the news that winger Ryan Hall has agreed a new five year contract with the club that will keep him at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2018 First Utility Super League season.

The winger, who has scored 158 tries in 197 appearances, is tenth in the all time list of try scorers in the Super League era. He was a mainstay of the England World Cup squad. The new deal includes the current season.

It is a major coup for the Rhinos given interest in Hall from Rugby Union and the NRL.

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