Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington

Rhinos boss blasts rivals

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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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.

Bulls sign Leeds starlet

Sutcliffe scored seven tries last season Credit: PA

Bradford Bulls have signed Leeds Rhinos' rising star Liam Sutcliffe on a short term deal.

The 19 year old scored seven tries in 18 appearances last season and is set to play a key role for the troubled Bulls.

“Liam is a hugely-talented player and we are delighted to have him on board,” said Bradford boss Francis Cummins.

"Our current predicament is being well documented and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Leeds Rhinos for offering us a helping hand."

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Rhinos sweating on Sinfield fitness

Leeds Rhinos hope to have the services of captain Kevin Sinfield, who has scored points in all 19 of the Rhinos' meetings with the Catalan Dragons since 2006 but limped out of their win over Warrington last Friday.

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The Rhinos are favourites to make it three consecutive victories at Stade Gilbert Brutus but full-back Zak Hardaker, their two-try hero against the Wolves, is expecting a backlash from the hosts following their hammering at Castleford.

"It's a really hostile environment down there," Hardaker said. "They really do fancy their chances at home and they will be trying to put things right."

Surprise inclusion for Sinfield

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield is a surprise inclusion in the Rhinos' 19-man squad to travel to Perpignan on Friday after initially being ruled out of the game against Catalan Dragons with an ankle injury.

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The England skipper was expected to be sidelined for a fortnight after limping out of his side's win over Warrington last Friday.

"Kev recovered really well over the weekend," coach Brian McDermott said.

"It was a reasonable twist there and a roll of his ankle. But he's responded really well to treatment and Kev is frantically doing everything he can to try and get it right for Friday.

"Our initial findings after the game meant I honestly thought it would be two weeks but he's got a chance for Friday."

McDermott has drafted 19-year-old stand-off Liam Sutcliffe into his squad as cover for Sinfield.

Ward to return against Warrington

Leeds back-row forward Stevie Ward is set to make his first appearance since April against Warrington after completing his recovery from a shoulder injury.

Stevie Ward Credit: Press Association

He will take over from Liam Sutcliffe in the only probable change to the team that opened the season with a 34-6 win at Hull KR.

Kallum Watkins makes his 100th appearance for the club.

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