Leeds Rhinos have signed Gold Coast Titans hooker Beau Falloon for the 2016 season.
The 28-year-old joins the Treble winning side on a one year deal following the announcement that Paul Aiton will join the Catalans Dragons next year.
We are pleased to have signed a player with the experience that Beau has. He has been playing in the NRL for eight seasons and, having spoken to him, I know he is very excited about the challenge of coming to England and playing with the Rhinos. We obviously lost Paul Aiton for a long period this season and it will be good to have more options in our squad for next season and Beau certainly offers that as we look to build on our achievements in 2015."
Leeds will field nine members of their Grand Final-winning team against the New Zealand tourists at Headingley on Friday but Kevin Sinfield will not be among them.
The Rhinos' record-breaking captain has been ruled out with a hand injury sustained in the win over Wigan at Old Trafford 12 days ago which means that his rugby league career is officially at an end as he prepares to switch codes with Yorkshire Carnegie.
Jamie Peacock is also missing from the Leeds team but fellow front rower Kylie Leuluai, who is also retiring, will play one final game before hanging up his boots.
Auckland-born Leuluia, who defied a heart condition to help the Rhinos complete the treble, will line up alongside former Leeds legends Ali Lauitiiti and Adrian Morley who are returning to make one final appearance in blue and amber.
Back-row forwards Brett Delaney and Carl Ablett and hooker Rob Burrow are also ruled out through injury while Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins are on England duty but Rhinos fans will get a first chance to see new signing Anthony Mullally.
Leeds are expecting a near-capacity crowd, with the South Stand and CarnegieStand terrace sold out and fewer than 1,000 tickets left for the Western Terrace along with around 100 restricted view seats.
The Rhinos expect to beat their highest attendance of 2015 of 18.514 for the visit of St Helens in July.
Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Kevin Sinfield have celebrated their Rhinos careers as well as winning the treble at Leeds Arena.Read the full story ›
Thousands of fans have packed into the First Direct Arena in Leeds to celebrate Leeds Rhinos winning the treble and to say farewell to outgoing stars Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai players who are leaving the club this season.
Leeds Rhinos became only the second team from our region to win the treble after they edged out Wigan 22-20 in the Super League Grand Final.
Captain Kevin Sinfield, who was playing his last game for the club along with Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai, kicked the winning conversion after Josh Walters scored the final try of the match.
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Thousands of Leeds Rhinos fans are on their way to Manchester to see if their side can win the treble by beating Wigan Warriors in the Super League Grand Final.
It will be the last game for Rhinos stalwarts Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai. Leeds won the Challenge Cup in August after they thrashed Hull KR at Wembley. Brian McDermott's men also won the League Leaders Shield last month and are now aiming to be only the second side from our region to win all three trophies in one season.
It is expected to be the highest ever attendance for an Old Trafford Grand Final.
They say things come in threes and the Leeds Rhinos will be hoping that is the case this weekend as they go in search of a third major trophy in a matter of weeks.
The Rhinos will become only the third side in Super League history to win the treble if they beat Wigan in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Click below to watch Chris Dawkes' report on their strange relationship with the number three ahead of Saturday's showpiece final:
Kylie Leuluai says bowing out alongside Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield at Saturday's Grand Final is the perfect end to his playing career.Read the full story ›
Leeds Rhinos' star Zak Hardaker has scooped the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award at tonight's Super League award ceremony.
The full-back beat fellow teammate Adam Cuthbertson and St Helens prop Alex Walmsley to the honour.