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Injury curtails Aiton's Rhinos career

Paul Aiton has played his last match for Leeds after Brian McDermott revealed the Catalans-bound hooker will be out for 16 weeks with a dislocated wrist.

Paul Aiton will miss the remainder of the season with a wrist injury Credit: Press Association

The Papua New Guinea international had already been ruled out of the Challenge Cup final on August 29 after suffering the injury against Warrington last Friday, but has now been denied a potential Old Trafford farewell.

In further bad news for Rhinos fans, back-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan will miss the start of next season as he recovers from the ruptured quad tendon sustained in the Challenge Cup semi-final win over St Helens.

Aiton joined Leeds from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats ahead of the 2014 season and has become a key member of McDermott's squad.

The 30-year-old rejected a new contract offer from the Rhinos in favour of a switch to Super League rivals Catalans and had spoken just last week about his desire to finish his spell at Headingley Carnegie on a high.

But Aiton will now be forced to watch Leeds' bid for the treble from the sidelines before beginning a new chapter in his career in the south of France.


Singleton signs new four year deal with Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos have received a major boost ahead of the start of the start of their Super 8s campaign tonight against Warrington Wolves at Headingley Carnegie with prop Brad Singleton agreeing a new four year deal with the club.

Leeds Rhinos prop Brad Singleton has signed a new four year deal Credit: Leeds Rhinos

Twenty-two-year-old Singleton made his debut in 2011 but has come of age this season, featuring in 24 games so far in 2015 and crossed for an impressive eight tries.

His new deal will keep him at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2019 season.

“I am pleased to have agreed a new four year deal at this great club.

"At the start of the year I set myself the goal of playing every week and so far I have only missed two games, although I have to admit that I have surprised myself with how many times I have got over the try line!

"Clearly next season there will be a transition within the side, as a number of players move onto the next stage of their careers.

"That was a major influence for me to sign the new deal. With that transition taking place, it would be silly to look elsewhere, there are some exciting roles to fill, and I am sure there are some exciting times for the youngsters coming through in the next year.

“If you did a head count, we clearly needed to add numbers to the squad for 2016 but I think the recruitment has been excellent and credit for that must go to Brian and Gary.

"I am sure Brian will have some headaches in terms of picking the side but for us as players that is what gets the best out of the side."

– Brad Singleton

“I am very pleased that Brad has decided to continue his progression with the Rhinos.

"The last two seasons have seen Brad establish himself as a regular first team player and he is developing into a tough uncompromising prop.

"He is still relatively young for his position and has his best years ahead of him. But Brad now knows what is needed, not only to play first team but also to play for Leeds Rhinos and the expectancy that comes with that.

"Brad has some very strong leadership qualities that I'm sure will be needed by himself and the team over the next few seasons.”

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos head coach

Early morning queues for Rhinos Challenge Cup final tickets

Leeds Rhinos fans were queuing from as early as 7 o'clock this morning to get their hands on tickets for the Challenge Cup final at the end of the month.

The Rhinos booked their place in rugby league's showpiece event thanks to a 24-14 victory over St Helens.

It will be the fifth time in the past six years the Rhinos have played at Wembley but last year's win was their only triumph since 1999.

Rhinos unveil limited edition kit for Wembley final

Leeds Rhinos have unveiled a limited edition kit that they will wear for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley, as they look to retain the trophy they won a year ago.

Credit: Leeds Rhinos

This year’s Wembley showcase on Saturday 29th August is almost 120 years to the day since the meeting at the George Hotel in Huddersfield that signaled the formation of Rugby League and Leeds will revert back to their traditional colours for the day.

Leeds wore a white kit when they first lifted the Challenge Cup back in 1910 and 105 years later, they will once again wear white on the biggest day of the year whilst incorporating the club’s famous blue and amber bands in the design.

The Rhinos beat St Helens 24-14 to reach their fifth Challenge Cup final in six years.

Rhinos beat Saints to secure Challenge Cup final spot

Leeds Rhinos are through to their fifth Challenge Cup final in six years after a hard-fought 24-14 victory over St Helens at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Zak Hardaker scored the opening try of the game Credit: Press Association

The Rhinos took a 12-4 lead going into half-time courtesy of tries from Zak Hardaker and Joel Moon. They extended their advantage after the break when Jamie Peacock crossed over. However, the Saints fought back with two tries to pull the score back to 18-14. Kallum Watkins crossed over with his 17th try of the season to restore Leeds' two score lead, and the Rhinos held on to secure another trip to Wembley.

Hull KR will be hoping to make it an all-Yorkshire final when they take on Warrington Wolves in the second semi-final on Saturday.


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