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Super League set for magic weekend

Thousands of rugby league fans will make the journey up to Newcastle tomorrow for the annual Magic Weekend event.

One of the most anticipated fixtures at St James' Park will be the meeting of Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.

Despite Rovers coming out on top the last time the sides met in March their head coach Chris Chester believes his team are underdogs:

Meanwhile the final match of the weekend sees Super League leaders Leeds take on third placed Wigan, and skipper Kevin Sinfield says his team are out for revenge for their previous two Magic Weekend defeats:

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Leeds Rhinos snap up Giants' Mullally from 2016

Leeds Rhinos have announced the signing of Huddersfield Giants forward Anthony Mullally, 23, on a three year contract from the 2016 season.

Leeds Rhinos snap up Giants' Mullally from 2016 Credit: Press Association

Originally from Widnes, he came through the academy at his hometown club and made his debut aged 17. He moved to Brisbane Broncos. but returned to Widnes in 2012, winning promotion to the Super League. He joined Huddersfield Giants in 2013.

It is great to have agreed a three year contract with a club like the Rhinos with all the success they have had over recent years. Huddersfield have been very good to me so I wanted to make sure that I got the process finalised as quickly as possible.

– Anthony Mullally

We are pleased to have secured a player with the potential that Anthony has. We have seen first hand the impact he can have on a game and I am looking forward to working with him from next season.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos coach

Burrow agrees two-year Rhinos deal

Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow has agreed a new two year contract with the First Utility Super League leaders that will keep the 32-year-old at Headingley Carnegie at least until the end of the 2017 season.

Burrow agrees two-year Rhinos deal Credit: Press Association

Burrow has appeared in each of the Rhinos six Grand Final wins, winning the Harry Sunderland award as man of the match in the 2007 and 2011 victories. He also played a key role in the Rhinos Challenge Cup win last August at Wembley. He has made 423 appearances for the club putting him tenth in the all time list of appearances for the club and is one of only 13 players to ever score 1,000 points for the club.

It has been a fantastic time in my career to be part of the Leeds Rhinos team and I want that to continue. This is the best club in Rugby League and the only club I have ever known. I cannot imagine ever being anywhere else and, having grown up supporting the club, it makes it extra special that I will be able to start and finish my career here. That is something I have always wanted to do.

– Rob Burrow

We are pleased to have agreed a new deal with Rob for the next two years. His commitment to the Rhinos and determination to succeed are great examples for any young player coming through the ranks. He remains a threat to all teams in Super League with his unique skills set and he has the ability to unlock any game, as we have seen on so many occasions before.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos coach

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Sinfield to make 500th appearance

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield is set to become only the fourth player in thehistory of the club to make 500 appearances when he plays against Warrington at Headingley on Friday.

Sinfield to make 500th appearance Credit: Press Association

Sinfield will join John Holmes, Fred Webster and John Atkinson on the 500-game mark.

The former England skipper, who will leave the club at the end of the season to play rugby union for Yorkshire Carnegie, was dropped to the bench - for the first time for 12 years - against St Helens last Friday.

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