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Rhinos forward out for six weeks

Leeds Rhinos' Mitch Achurch is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a try against the Bradford Bulls at Headingley Carnegie, Leeds. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

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."

New Leeds signing 'almost quit' Rugby League

New Leeds Rhinos signing Mitch Achurch says he almost quit rugby league 12 months ago. The 24-year-old Penrith Panthers forward has signed a four-year contract with the Rhinos after his potential was spotted by former Leeds favourite Matt Adamson.

"A year ago I was thinking about quitting the game. Playing footy wasn't paying the bills and I was living at home with my mum and dad. My dad runs a family sign-making business and I told him that I wanted to give it up and work with him. My family persuaded me to keep trying and I got a chance with Penrith, then got to play first grade and then Leeds got in touch."

– Mitch Achurch

Achurch is in England on a two-week reconnaissance to sort out accommodation before returning for pre-season training in November and will be a spectator at the Rhinos' Super League play-off semi-final at Wigan. Achurch has a British passport because his mother was born in London.