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.
Melbourne Storm have regained Rugby League's World Club Challenge title after beating Leeds Rhinos 18-14.
Three new laws will be trialled at the Boxing Day challenge match at Headingley between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Rugby League is mourning the loss of former Leeds Rhinos coach Graham Murray, who's died from a heart attack in his native Australia at the age of only 58. After a successful playing and coaching career down under, Murray arrived at Leeds in 1998.
He made an immediate impact, transforming the club from serial underachievers to major contenders, guiding them to the inaugural Grand Final in his first season, and winning the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in his second.
Chief Executive Gary Hetherington credits the Australian with laying the foundations for more than a decade of success.
Leeds forward Mitch Achurch has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury but should be back for the Super League play-offs after being told he does not need surgery.
The former Penrith second rower dislocated his kneecap and tore ligaments and a section of his quad muscle during last Friday's 19-18 defeat by Warrington.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "Whilst eight weeks is a long lay-off for Mitch, it is good news that he will be back before the end of the season, especially for him personally as he has been showing his best form for us in recent weeks."
Leeds Rhinos have given two of their promising teenagers long-term contracts as reward for the impact they have made in Super League during the champions' injury crisis.
Liam Sutcliffe, 18, has been given a four-year contract and Thomas Minns, also 18, has signed a three-year deal.
Sutcliffe has stepped superbly into skipper Kevin Sinfield's shoes, scoring five tries in his first three starts at stand-off, to earn the praise of coach Brian McDermott.
"He's been a stand-out performer," McDermott said. "I've been surprised how collected and how calm he looks at this level."
Minns made a tryscoring debut against Castleford last month and is in Leeds' 19-man squad for tonight's game. against Warrington
– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos coach
"He's another success story. He was at the back of the queue for a lot of his junior career and it's only in the last 18 months he's done some things that's made the club take note so we're glad to have got him tied up as well."
Super League champions Leeds have turned to Championship partners Hunslet to make their first signing for 2014.
The Rhinos have handed a two-year deal to the Hawks' former St Helens prop Andy Yates, 23, who will train full-time with them from December but will be available to play for Hunslet on a dual registration next season.
– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos coach
We are delighted to sign Andy and think he will be a good addition to our squad for next season. We have seen the value of the dual registration process in recent weeks with the form of Jimmy Keinhorst and Brad Singleton in particular and these relationships give players a route back into Super League if they have missed out first time around."
Leeds Rhinos centre Joel Moon will lose his ever-present record with the Super League champions after accepting a one-match ban.
The former Salford player, who has appeared in all 20 matches for his new club this year, was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with a dangerous tackle in last night's 38-28 win over Widnes.
Moon submitted an early-guilty plea to the grade B offence and will miss Sunday's visit to second-placed Huddersfield.
Ben Jones-Bishop is looking forward to making up for lost time with Super League champions Leeds after helping his injury-hit side to a 38-28 win over Widnes.
The 24-year-old winger made a dream return from an eight-month lay-off last night with one of the Rhinos' seven tries as they won one of their two games in hand to climb up to fourth place in the table.
"It was great to be back out there," Jones-Bishop said. "There was a lot of build-up to my comeback.
"It was nice to get the game out of the way and I look forward to cracking on in the weeks ahead.
"I felt like I slotted back in. I felt a bit of cramp but it was a good start and I look forward to building on it."
Jones-Bishop, who was in Leeds' Grand Final-winning team last October, was shocked to be told he had a blood clot in his lungs and, after undergoing treatment, was forced into a lengthy period of rehabilitation, most of it on his own.
Former Leeds favourite Daryl Powell will be aiming to pile on the agony for his old club tonight when he takes his Castleford side to Headingley.
The champions are reeling from four straight defeats and the loss of England internationals Kallum Watkins and Danny McGuire to injury but Powell, who was in the last Leeds team to win the Challenge Cup and went on to coach them, has little sympathy for their current plight.
The Tigers are looking to complete a first Super League double over their big-city neighbours following their 14-12 triumph at Wheldon Road in February and Powell believes his players will also have derived confidence from the three competitive matches under which he has presided.
"It's a big challenge for us obviously. Leeds have got a few people missing but they've got a deep squad, " said Powell.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge. We're not far off in games at the moment. We're not playing at our best consistently but we're certainly in the battle every single week.
"There's some confidence there. We've played them twice this year - we've beaten them once and run them close in the Cup - so there's not much in terms of the games that have been played this year."
Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain Kevin Sinfield is to share the secrets of his success at a Leeds Metropolitan University guest lecture. Kevin, will give a talk this evening in the Lewis Jones Suite at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
X rays have confirmed Danny McGuire has suffered a break to his fibula bone in his leg, he will have further scans on Monday
Veteran Leeds Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai has been handed a new contract after putting on hold his retirement plans for a second time.
The 35-year-old New Zealander signed a new 12-month deal a year ago after shelving plans to hang up his boots and has now been given a rolling contract, which means he can play on until either party decides the time is right for him to finish.
Leuluai, a five-time Grand Final winner who made his 200th appearance for the Rhinos in last Friday's 42-22 win at Bradford, signed his new deal on the eve of his side's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Huddersfield.
– Kylie Leuluai, Leeds Rhinos
"I am really pleased to have got the deal sorted and can now look forward to the future starting with a big game against Huddersfield on Saturday."