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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


Galloway looking forward to latest challenge

Australian international Keith Galloway says he is looking forward to the latest challenge in his career as he prepares to play his first game for Leeds Rhinos tomorrow , in the Boxing Day "Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge" against Wakefield Wildcats at Headingley Carnegie .

Australian international Keith Galloway makes his debut for Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Galloway played 13 years in the NRL before deciding to head to the Super League Champions this season. The man known as 'Big Red' has already made a big impression on everyone he has met and he admits the city of Leeds and the Rhinos supporters have already reassured him he made the right choice.

"Playing in front of the Rhinos fans was a big draw card for me to come to this club.

"I watched the boys in action last year on the television and the atmosphere here for a game is unreal and it is really exciting for me to get the chance to play in front of them for the first time on Boxing Day.

"I knew Leeds was a big club when I signed for the Rhinos but I probably didn’t comprehend just how big the club is, especially within the city of Leeds.

"There is so much support within the city for the club and it is awesome to be part of that now and hopefully bring some more success.

– Keith Galloway, Leeds Rhinos

The former Wests Tigers star will start at prop on Boxing Day against Wakefield and he admits he is looking forward to getting into action.

"It has been a long time since I played a game back in the NRL because the Tigers didn’t make the play offs and I am looking forward to working on my fitness and blowing off some cobwebs on Boxing Day.

"It has been a bit more exciting this week in training. We have been working hard but the fact that we know there is a game at the end of the week has given everyone a lift and personally I can’t wait to play alongside the boys."

– Keith Galloway, Leeds Rhinos

The Boxing Day "Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge" between Leeds Rhinos and the Wakefield Wildcats at Headingley Carnegie, kicks-off at 11.30am.

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