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Leeds Rhinos launch Respect initiative

A campaign to encourage positive behaviour on the touchline has been launched today as junior rugby league teams kicked off the 2016 season.

Leeds Rhinos captain Danny McGuire returned to his old club in East Leeds to help promote the Rhinos Respect initiative. It's aiming to improve the conduct of all those involved in junior levels of the sport and create a better atmosphere for children to play in.

McDermott: We're the underdogs

Leeds Rhinos coach, Brian McDermott, says his sides will be the underdogs when they face North Queensland Cowboys at Headingley on Sunday evening.

Brian McDermott says Leeds Rhinos are underdogs against North Queensland Cowboys Credit: Press Association

Despite the chance the Rhinos could be comes the first club ever to win four World Club titles, a poor start to the season, coupled with an ever growing injury list means McDermott doesn't think it will be an easy ride for Leeds.

Those injuries mean McDermott will field the inexperienced Jordan Lilley, while Liam Sutcliffe will play at half back:

They're both highly regarded within our squad and we hope they'll go on and become regulars within our team, and we'll see how they go this weekend.

They're excited as you can be and are really pumped about this.

– Brian McDermott
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