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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Rhinos secure Moon until 2018

Leeds Rhinos have been given a boost ahead of Friday's Super League clash with Wigan.

Joel Moon signs new Rhinos deal
Joel Moon signs new Rhinos deal Credit: Press Association

Joel Moon has agreed a new deal with the club that will keep him at Headingley until at least the end of the 2018 season.

The 25-year-old centre has agreed a new five year contract, and said, "It wasn't really a big decision for me to agree to the new contract. The club have been great to me and my family and that has been key for me."

Moon joined the Rhinos last season from Salford having previously played at Brisbane and New Zealand Warriors as well as playing for the NRL Indigenous All Stars and the Super League Exiles representative teams. He says the Super League is better than he expected it to be:

"To be honest, when I first came over to Super League, I did not see myself staying as long as I am but the competition is really strong and I think it has brought out the best in my game.”

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott added, "I think it speaks volumes about how committed the players are to one another that so many are happy to agree long term contracts with the club and see their future with the Rhinos.”

Challenge Cup: Rhinos book place in quarter-finals

Leeds Rhinos through to Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Leeds Rhinos have booked their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a convincing win over St Helens.

Two first-half tries from full-back Zak Hardaker saw Leeds into the last eight and kept them on course for their first Tetley's Challenge Cup triumph since 1999.

The stand-out fifth-round tie at Headingley lived up to all expectations as the Rhinos showed their class to establish a 20-6 lead before demonstrating their new-found defensive resolve to keep the visitors at bay in a spirited fightback.

Leeds finally clinched a 32-12 victory with two tries from Danny McGuire and Jamie Peacock in the last seven minutes of a quality match to condemn St Helens to a third successive defeat.

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Rhinos boss admires St Helens' approach ahead of Challenge Cup clash

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has revealed his admiration for arch rivals St Helens as the Super League heavyweights prepare to do battle in the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Rhinos boss Brian McDermott
Rhinos boss Brian McDermott Credit: Press Association

The stand-out tie of the last 16 at Headingley on Saturday afternoon will feature arguably the two most exciting sets of outside backs in the English game, with Saints' emerging youngsters going head to head with the Rhinos' experienced internationals.

Although St Helens have an overseas half-back pair, their outside backs are all home-grown and that has delighted former Great Britain international McDermott.

"That's why I've been a fan of Saints for a while," McDermott said. "While they are arch rivals and I want to beat them, for the good of our competition, I'm glad that they're challenging at the top.

"They've made some tough calls over the years with recruitment. They've stayed with British when they could have got overseas fellas in and it's good to see a club investing their money in the right way and doing things the right way.

It is only four weeks since Saints ended the Rhinos' unbeaten record with a thrilling last-gasp 14-10 Super League win at Langtree Park and McDermott is expecting another close contest.

"We're preparing for the long haul on Saturday," he said. "Maybe the game will go down to the wire."

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.”

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.

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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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