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Veteran Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai is facing the prospect of another six weeks on the sidelines after being told he needs shoulder surgery.
The 37-year-old New Zealander has not played since the Super League leaders' only defeat at Warrington a month ago but coach Brian McDermott his injury has now been properly diagnosed.
"We thought his biceps were the problem but he's actually got a bit of floating tissue in his shoulder which he's going to have cleaned out. He will be out for anything from between four to six weeks."
Leeds have been left short of options on the wing after Ryan Hall was ruled out for four weeks with a hand injury.
The England international has scored five tries in the first nine rounds of Super League but will have to watch on from the sidelines over the next month.
The Rhinos are already without Tom Briscoe, who is not expected to return until June as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
Ash Handley has proved an able deputy and the table-toppers are now set to hand an opportunity to another youngster, with Ashton Golding next in line.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said: "It is a massive shame for Ryan and a big blow to us, but we have dealt with and handled injuries well in the past and I am sure this will only serve to provide an opening for another of our hungry and keen academy products that have a huge desire to play for the Leeds Rhinos first team.
"Ryan will be out for four weeks. That is not enough time to get unfit but long enough to lose his sharpness if we don't manage that time well.
"He will keep fit and strong under the supervision of Jason Davidson and I am sure this will be beneficial to Ryan in the long run given he did not have as long a pre-season as the rest of the group because of his commitments with England."
The Rhinos this weekend come up against in-form Salford and former winger Ben Jones-Bishop, who left Headingley Carnegie after losing his place to Briscoe.
Zak Hardaker will forfeit one month's salary and enroll on an anger management course after he was arrested by police investigating an assault on a student in Leeds in February.
Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive, has revealed that an internal disciplinary committee has concluded five Rhinos players were in breach of the Players Code of Conduct.
Upon conclusion of the investigation, Rob Mulhern, Josh Walters and Ash Handley have each been handed a fine and a verbal warning.
Elliot Minchella has received a written warning and a fine of 50% of his monthly salary.
Hetherington says that the club has accepted Hardaker's apology for his actions but the players has agreed that:
- He will forfeit one months salary which will be donated to support a local charity project.
- He will enroll on a course for anger management.
- He will work as a volunteer for up to 20 hours a week for the duration of his Rhinos contract to assist the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Marketing Department.
No charges were made by police after Hardaker and Minchella paid £200 compensation and issued a written apology under a "community resolution".
Zak is full of passion and enthusiasm and has many qualities that are to be admired in a young player but a small part of him has led to problems and this has to be addressed, not only for the image of the game but most importantly for Zak’s own well being and his ability to fulfil his potential.
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Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is to retire from Rugby League at the end of the season play Rugby Union.
The 34-year-old former England skipper, who has won every domestic honour in the game, will stay at Headingley, playing for the Rhinos' partner club, Yorkshire Carnegie.
John Shires reports:
Just like to wish Kevin Sinfield all the best in his new challenge . Was lucky to play with such a legend of the game .
Massive respect for #KevinSinfield. One of the greatest servants to rugbyleague and a massive influence to many.
The saddest day.. Sir Kevin Sinfield is leaving the rhinos at the end of the season. Greatest player I've ever seen pull on the jersey. ??
Not surprised Kevin Sinfield is to transfer to Union, Leeds Carnegie. Always wanted to be the main man but younger talent is coming through.
Kevin Sinfield to Union, 5 years too late
This is the worst day of my life to present, im absolutely gutted, sir Kevin sinfield is leaving #foreverblueandamber
Sad day for Leeds Rhinos as Kevin Sinfield moves on - at least he is staying in Yorkshire - Best Wishes Kev x
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has paid tribute to departing skipper Kevin Sinfield and described him as an "inspirational leader".
Sinfield has confirmed he that he leaving the Rhinos to join sister club Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of the season. It also means a shift from Rugby League to Rugby Union.
Hetherington says that he respects Sinfield's wishes to move and has revealed that the club has been planning for life without their influential skipper.
If any player in the history of our club deserves the right to choose when he moves on to the next stage of his career it is Kevin Sinfield. Kevin notified me of his decision six weeks ago and I alerted the new management of Yorkshire Carnegie of his availability and desire to play Rugby Union.
He has been an inspirational leader on and off the field for Leeds Rhinos over the last decade and I think there can be little argument that the success we have enjoyed would not have been possible without him.
Kevin Sinfield says leaving Leeds Rhinos is 'one of the toughest decisions' of his career.
The Rhinos skipper will leave the club at the end of the 2015 season to finish his career playing Rugby Union with sister club Yorkshire Carnegie.
The 34-year-old is on the brink of becoming only the fourth player in Leeds’ history to play 500 games for the club and is the all time leading goal and points scorer in the club’s history.
This was one of the toughest decisions of my career but I know the time is right for me to finish my time in Rugby League and embark on a new challenge with Yorkshire Carnegie. I never wanted to play against the Rhinos and throughout my career I have always had an admiration for Rugby Union and wanted to challenge myself in that code.
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