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Leeds Rhinos captain gets MBE in Birthday Honours

Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield Credit: PA

Leeds Rhinos captain, Kevin Sinfield has said he is "really proud" after being recognised in the Queen's Brithday Honours. Sinfield, who also captains the England Rugby League side, has been made an MBE. He has led the Rhinos through one of their most successful periods.

He says he found out about the honour a few weeks ago - but was sworn to secrecy.

Read: Queens Birthday Honours List 2014

Bradford Bulls give teenager full-time contract

Bradford Bulls have given a two-year full time contract to teenage half back Adam Brook. The 19-year-old has yet to make a Super League appearance but impressed in the Bulls' pre-season friendly against Hull.

I am absolutely over the moon to sign a full-time contract with the Bulls, it is a dream come true for me. Since the age of six, when I first started playing rugby league, my dream was to turn professional at Super League level."

– Adam Brook

"Adam's new deal is thoroughly deserved. He has worked very, very hard to earn it. He was given an opportunity to do further training last year and grasped the opportunity with both hands."

– Richard Tunningley, Bradford's head of youth

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Leeds Rhinos announce new signing

Adam Cuthbertson in action Credit: Renee McKay / PA

Leeds Rhinos have announced a new signing in the hope of giving the club a major boost next season. Newcastle Knights prop, Adam Cuthbertson, will join the Rhinos on a four year contract.

The 29-year-old has been the Knights top performer this season and will hope to continue his winning ways with the Rhinos.

"I am really pleased to be joining the Rhinos and excited about the challenge of joining a new competition in Super League.

Leeds have been a top club for the last decade and I know I am joining a very competitive squad who have a great work ethic, that is evident from the success they have had. I have been to Leeds in the past and really enjoyed the City. "

Adam Cuthbertson, Leeds Rhinos

Rotherham pin hopes on play off successes in rugby and football

It promises to be a tense but exciting weekend for sports fans in Rotherham.

The town's football club travel to Preston for the first leg of their League 1 playoff semi final tomorrow evening.

Earlier in the day Rotherham's rugby club, the Titans, take on Bristol in the first leg of their playoff semi final.

The local newspaper says its the town's biggest sporting weekend in modern times, as Chris Dawkes reports:

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Hull KR secure capacity increase ahead of derby

Hull KR will be looking forward to a bumper crowd at Thursday's game against Hull FC - and not just because it's a derby.

Stadium capacity increased ahead of derby
Stadium capacity increased ahead of derby Credit: Press Association

The club has increased the capacity of the KC Lightstream Stadium by around 700.

Now, 12,255 fans will be cheering on the teams in one of Super League's fiercest rivalries.

The Robins' CEO Mike Smith said: "After reaching a near capacity crowd for the opening game of the season we wanted to look at where we could increase the capacity even further.

"We’ve made no secret of the fact we are an ambitious club with regards to our off the field development and we want to target two to three games a season where we have big capacity crowds so this is an important step in fulfilling that strategy."

Bradford Bulls appeal against administration points deduction

Bradford Bulls home ground in Bradford Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/PA Images

Bradford Bulls have launched an appeal against the Rugby League Football's imposition of a six-point deduction for going into administration. The club say they have already received the go-ahead from the RFL to fight the penalty.

A statement issued by the club said:

"Bradford Bulls can today announced their right of appeal against the club's points deduction has been granted by the sport's governing body. The notice of intention to appeal was lodged with the Rugby Football League by former administrator David Wilson.

However the appeal could not proceed until the ownership of the club was resolved. Following consultation with legal representatives the new board have confirmed their intention to proceed with the appeal process and are now awaiting a hearing date."

Carnegie secure winger Doherty on two year deal

Leeds Carnegie have announced that winger David Doherty, 27, has agreed a new two year contract with the club that will keep him at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2015-16 season.

Doherty, who originally made his debut for Leeds back in 2004 when he became the youngest ever player to appear in the Premiership, is now in his second spell at the club having played at London Wasps, Sale Sharks, Jersey and Cornish Pirates before returning home to Leeds last season.

His try in last Sunday's win over Nottingham took him to third in the all time list of try scorers for the club with 34 tries in 70 appearances in all competitions, one ahead of Simon Middleton and three behind Dan Scarbrough.

Speaking about his new contract, Doherty said, "I am delighted to have signed the new deal, I am really settled back home in Leeds and I can only see us going forward in the future. I love the environment we have hereand I think there is something special in the future for this group."

Leeds celebrates 150 years of rugby

Rugby has been a part of Leeds' culture for 150 years Credit: Leeds Rugby Foundation

One hundred and fifty years ago the foundations were laid for the beginning of rugby in Leeds.

Although originally advertised as football, and despite playing a first game as a hybrid between the two sports, rugby remains to this day a key part of the city's history.

On 4th March 1864 Henry Jenkinson, a clerk with the North East railway company, put an advert in the 'Leeds Mercury' asking anyone who was interested in playing 'football' to meet on Woodhouse Moor, just outside the centre.**

Initially, they split into groups known as 'reds' and 'blues' before the first Leeds team made its competitive bow on 19th June, 1864 against Sheffield, principally a soccer club, in a hybrid match. The club became Leeds Athletic in 1870 and played at a ground off Whitehall Road.

To celebrate the anniversary, Leeds Rugby Foundation are planning a series of events throughout the year including exhibitions of historic photos and player reunions.

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