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Service celebrates 150th anniversary of birth of rugby in Leeds

A service to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the game in Leeds was held earlier today at the City's Minster.

The commemoration included hymns, readings and poems. Among the congregation was the Leeds Rhinos first team squad. One of the speakers was England forward Jamie Jones Buchanan who talked of his faith and his passion for the sport.

Leeds Rhinos at rugby celebrations

Leeds Rhinos are at a celebration event to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of rugby in Leeds.

Leeds Rhinos team members at Leeds Minster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott and England forward Jamie Jones Buchanan will speak at the service. The event will also remember the city's players who lost their lives in the First World War.

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Crowds gather to celebrate 150 years of Rugby in Leeds

Crowds of people have been gathering at Leeds Minster to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rugby in the city.

Leeds Minster prepares for service of celebration Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Expected to be among the congregation is the Leeds Rhinos first team squad , including new Aussie signing Adam Cuthbertson, who only arrived in the UK on Thursday evening.

People gathering at Leeds Minster for celebration service to begin Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Birth of rugby in Leeds to be marked

A service to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of rugby in Leeds, will be held today at Leeds Minster.

Both Leeds' main rugby teams play at Headingley Stadium Credit: Press Association

Expected to be among the congregation is the Leeds Rhinos first team squad , including new Aussie signing Adam Cuthbertson, who only arrived in the UK on Thursday evening.

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott and England forward Jamie Jones Buchanan will speak at the service. The event will also remember the city's players who lost their lives in the First World War.

Wakefield Wildcats sign Owen on three year deal

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Richard Owen on a three-year deal.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sign Richard Owen on three year deal Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

The 25-year-old made 12 appearances for the Wildcats last season after joining on loan from rivals Castleford Tigers.

"It's a good club to be at, I enjoyed my time here last season and think it's a great opportunity for me to set my position here.

"All the boys are going to want to get stuck in and have a big season."

– Richard Owen

Volunteers called upon to help at Rugby Union World Cup

It is less than a year to go until the next major sporting event hits our region. Two games of the Rugby Union World Cup will be staged at Leeds' Elland Road stadium next September.

And like the Olympics and the Tour de France before it organisers are calling on volunteers to help during the tournament. And today in Leeds, some of them were put through a tough selection process.

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Tim Smith rejoins Wakefield Wildcats after five-game winning streak

Scrum-half Tim Smith has returned to the Wildcats on a permanent basis on a one-year contract for 2015.

Tim Smith is back with the Wakefield Wildcats Credit: Press Association

Smith played a significant role in a five-game unbeaten run at the start of James Webster’s tenure that steered Trinity to Super League safety.

The 29-year old former Wigan and Parramatta Eels half-back made 89 Super League appearances in all and was the Wildcats Player of the Year during his first season in with the club in 2012.

Chris Riley, Lopini Paea, Mickael Simon, Matty Ashurst and Craig Hall will also join Smith as new additions to the squad for Webster’s first full season in charge.

“It was an easy decision. I think people can see I’m happy at Wakefield and enjoy everything about the club.

The players are a great bunch to play with and the coaching staff are easy to get along with.

If we keep our squad fit we’ve as much chance as anyone else to make the top eight. It will be tough but we go into the year full of optimism.”

– Tim Smith

Richard Marshall named as new Halifax coach

Halifax have named Warrington Wolves’ assistant and England Academy boss Richard Marshall as their new coach for 2015.

Marshall also played for Huddersfield Giants from 2000-2001 Credit: Press Association

38-year-old Marshall, a former front rower who began his Super League career as a player at the Shay in the mid-1990s, succeeds his former captain Karl Harrison, who left the club last month after three years in charge.

Marshall, who has spent six years at the Wolves as under 20s and first team coach, sealed a three year deal late last night after emerging from a high quality field with applicants from Australia as well as the UK.

Richard was very impressive at interview and he’s got a fantastic background. As a club, we needed to raise the bar in all areas before next year’s league restructure and Richard will help us do that on the football side of the business.

He is very, very professional in everything he does; he’s done six years at one of the biggest clubs in the game under Tony Smith and he’s coached some of the best players in the world.

For us, I have absolutely no doubt he is the right appointment.

– Halifax director, Ian Croad.
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