Following the retirement of Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock, Champions Leeds Rhinos will kick off the new season with two new names on the iconic number eight and ten prop shirts.
Those numbers have been synonymous with some of the most popular players in the club’s history down the years and now crowd favourite Adam Cuthbertson and new signing Keith Galloway will get the opportunity to stamp their own mark on the history books.
Cuthbertson becomes only the fourth player to wear the number ten shirt in the Super League era. He follows Mike Forshaw (1996), Barrie McDermott (1997-2005) and Jamie Peacock (2006-2015).
Galloway joins the Rhinos from NRL side Wests Tigers on a three year contract. The 30-year-old gained five caps with Australia in 2011 and has made one State of Origin appearance for New South Wales. He has made over 200 NRL appearances for Wests and Cronulla Sharks since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2003.
It is a huge honour and privilege to be awarded the ten shirt after the legend that is Jamie Peacock. Last season was incredible for me in my first year at the club and I am so excited about the potential for this group of players next season. We have recruited well with Anthony Mullally, Jordan Baldwinson and Keith Galloway all coming in to strengthen our pack and Beau Falloon arriving from the Gold Coast. On top of that we have got some great youngsters who will help drive us on. There is a huge appetite within the squad to build on last season and I am very much looking forward to being part of that.
Leeds' Australian forward Mitch Garbutt, who won the Challenge Cup, League Leaders' Shield and Grand Final in his first 14 games in Super League, has been handed a new four-year contract.
The 26-year-old prop joined the Rhinos in mid-season from Brisbane initially on a two-and-half year deal and has now agreed an extension that will keep him at Headingley at least until the end of 2019.
With how everything has panned out this season, I was delighted to sign a new deal and commit my future to the Rhinos. This is the most I have ever enjoyed my footie and I can't wait for next season.
I am looking forward to experiencing the weather this winter during pre-season and I think I will be better for it.
My family and I have adapted well to life over here. We are aiming to settle down in Leeds and we have been made to feel so welcome, not just by the staff and players at the club but also the fans who have been great as well.
t is remarkable how well Mitch has fitted into our culture since he arrived here. He deserves a lot of credit for that because of his attitude and professionalism.
The prospect of him having a full pre-season with us is exciting given how well he has settled in since he arrived and I am delighted he has committed his future to the club.
Former Leeds and Wakefield forward Ali Lauitiiti is end his career where it began after signing for New Zealand Warriors for 2016.
The 36-year-old former New Zealand international second rower has spent the last 12 years in Super League and played his final game on English soil as a guest for the Rhinos against the touring Kiwis in October.
Lauitiiti's contract with the Wildcats expired at the end of the 2015 season and Warriors' recruitment and development manager Tony Iro announced he has signed a one-year second-tier deal, paving the way for him to return to where his top-level career began 17 years ago.
Lauitiiti made a try-scoring NRL debut for the Warriors as an 18-year-old against North Sydney in 1998 and went on to play 115 games before moving to Leeds in 2004. He won six Grand Finals and two World Club Challenges in his eight years with the Rhinos.
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A vigil will be held on Monday evening for two teenagers killed in a car crash in East Yorkshire on Sunday.
The family and friends of 19-year-old Bradley Parker, who previously captained Hull FC's under-16s squad, and his 18-year-old Daniel Maston of Churchill Rise, Burstwick, will meet at the scene of the crash on Newfield Lane at Lelley.
Police say anyone wishing to pay tribute to the boys is welcome to attend from 5pm, and have warned motorists that the road will be closed while the vigil takes place.
Hull FC say they will wear former under-16s captain, Bradley Parker's name on their shirts in next year's Super League as a mark of remembrance.
Parker, 19, who recently left the club to pursue an apprenticeship, was one of two young men who lost their lives in a collision in in the village of Lelley, near Hull on Sunday.
A talented hooker, he excelled from a young age captaining his school rugby team, helping South Holderness to the Year 11 National Cup Final.
He also went on to captain East Hull and Hull FC's scholarship side, before his performances earned him international recognition with the England Youth squad.
Hull FC have offered counselling to team-mates of their former under-16s captain Bradley Parker, who died following a road traffic accident on Sunday.
Parker, 19, who recently left the club to pursue an apprenticeship, was one of two young men who lost their lives in a collision in East Yorkshire.
In a statement, the club said:
On behalf of everyone involved at Hull FC, we would like to pass on our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families involved in this tragic incident and Brad's contribution to the club from a young age will never be forgotten.
He was a popular member of a young squad that went on to produce current first-team players like Jack Logan and Reece Dean, who were his close friends.
The club have offered their full support to the family and the club's player welfare officer Rev Tony Cotson has been made available to counsel former players and team-mates.
In a mark of respect for Brad and his family, the club will carry his name on the player's matchday shirts in Super League next season.
Lizzie Jones will sing the national anthem in England's crucial final match of their test series against New Zealand.
Lizzie's husband Danny died earlier this year after suffering a cardiac arrest during Keighley Cougars match against London Skolars.
Lizzie has since campaign for greater heart screening for professional rugby players.
Over £250,000 has since been raised for Lizzie and her baby twins.
Lizzie, who is a professional singer, went on the thank the rugby league community by singing the traditional Challenge Cup Final anthem abide with me last August.
Hull say former New Zealand international Frank Pritchard has re-affirmed his commitment to them after rejecting last-minute efforts to keep him in the NRL.
The Super League club announced the capture of the 32-year-old Canterbury Bulldogs forward on a two-year contract - with the option of a third season - in June but New Zealand Warriors are believed to have stepped in with a late offer.
Hull moved on Thursday to halt the speculation, insisting the player will fly to England next week to launch his new career at the KC Stadium.
In a statement issued by the club, Pritchard said: "I will be heading over there next week and I'm really looking forward to it.
"It's flattering that there may have been some interest elsewhere but I'm a man of my word and will see out my commitment."
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