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Leeds Rhinos: Giants of the game

Leeds Rhinos stalwarts Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock are both retiring from the game at the end of the season.

They've both won just about every honour in the game. Sinfield has been with Leeds for 18 years, Peacock had a sensational career with the Bradford Bulls before switching to his home-town club nine years ago. Both have captained their country, both have been rewarded with MBEs.

Sinfield will cross codes to play Rugby Union for Yorkshire Carnegie once this season's over; Peacock will move into management - ironically with Hull Kingston Rovers.

Two giants of the game - and I've been talking to both men.

Hull KR: Looking back at 1980

It's thirty-five years since Hull Kingston Rovers won their first and only Challenge Cup final in 1980 and it was a memorable day for the whole city. All Hull was let loose that day when Rovers took on the Airlie Birds - the Robins edging it by 10 points to 5.

We've been talking to some of those who were there that day, including the player who scored 9 of the 10 points for Hull KR and a woman who was 7 months pregnant - and her son, who's now all grown up.


Hull fans get ready for big match

This Saturday will be the first time in nearly thirty years that the Robins have stepped onto Wembley's hallowed turf and supporters are certainly getting behind the club's call for them to show their true colours.

As James Webster reports, fans are wearing those colours with pride. Even a few Hull FC fans are putting their cross city rivalry to one side.

Service for rugby league's fallen

The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in remembrance of those involved in rugby league who have died while serving their country.

The ceremony was restored to Challenge Cup Final weekend tradition by HM Armed Forces in 2014, and takes place the day before the final. This year’s ceremony drew larger crowds from the rugby league family showing their support to the Armed Services, and was bolstered by hundreds of visitors to the capital.

“ my mind, this ceremony represents the best of rugby league. Above all else, rugby league is a family and we look after one another. Like any family, we remember those we have lost and this both a poignant ceremony and fitting tribute to those in the game who have done so much for the country and for us.”

– The Group’s Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland

“I am proud to be a part of this ceremony, as part of Leeds Rhinos, as a rugby league player and as a person. Those we honour today were not just players and fans of our great game, they were and are true heroes and in this small gesture, we recognise and reflect on their profound courage and are grateful for all they have done for those they left behind.”

– Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Leeds Rhinos

“This is a hugely important part of the Challenge Cup Final weekend. It sets the foundation for what is a celebration of the sport the following day, and gives us pause to reflect and give thanks to all those who have given so much so that we might run out at Wembley and enjoy a great day. It touches you and it was an honour to be involved in such an occasion.”

– Hull KR Captain, Terry Campese

Conducted by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and lead by Vice Chief of Defence Staff and President of Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the ceremony began as Big Ben struck 11 o’clock. Joining GBARFL and Parliamentary Group Chairman Greg Mulholland MP were RFL Chairman Brian Barwick and Denise Edwards of the Royal British Legion. Challenge Cup Finalists Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers were represented by their Chief Executives Gary Hetherington and Mike Smith, and players Jamie Jones Buchanan and Liam Sutcliffe for Leeds and Hull KR’s captain Terry Campese.

Record bank holiday weekend for Leeds Bradford airport

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Leeds Bradford Airport says it's expecting its busiest ever weekend over the Bank Holiday with fifty thousand passengers travelling through the terminal.

“Leeds Bradford’s growth in passenger numbers continues to prove that Yorkshire holidaymakers and travellers want to fly close to home rather than having to risk traffic delays and congestion on the motorway network flying from other airports. ’’

– Tony Hallwood Leeds Bradford® Airports Aviation Development Director


Bid to clampdown on mobile phone use at the wheel

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The West Yorkshire based road safety campaign group BRAKE is calling for a ban on all mobile phone use at the wheel, including hands-free.

They say this poses just as much of a crash risk as handheld phone use. BRAKE is calling for higher fixed penalty fines than the current £100 - suggesting at at least £500 to £1,000 - and for enhanced traffic policing to provide a serious deterrent.

They say that almost a quarter (23%) of drivers have talked to family on the phone while driving; one in seven (15%) have talked to friends on the phone while driving; and one in six drivers (17%) have had a work-related call while driving.

Young drivers, aged between 17 and 24, were most likely to engage in phone calls with friends, family, and employers. In the past year: 35% of young drivers have talked to family on the phone while driving; 21% have talked to friends on the phone while driving; 49% of young drivers have had a work-related call while driving.

Killer told he 'richly deserved' life sentence

A taxi driver who killed a young woman, buried her body at a North Yorkshire beauty spot, and kept it a secret for 14 years, has failed in his bid to get an early release from prison.

Martin Bell had claimed that HIS human rights had been breached when he was told he must serve at least 12 years of a life sentence for killing Gemma Simpson. But today the top judges in the country decided that Bell "richly deserved" the sentence he'd been given. Claire Ashforth reports.

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