On this day in years gone by David Ward was in the Great Britain team taking on Australia, Phil Ford took on New Zealand and Gareth Morton was born.
On this day in 1978 Great Britain played their first Test match against Australia of that year in Wigan. The sides had faced each other the year before in the World Cup and the Aussies had been victorious on the two occasions they had played. David Ward was in the starting line up on the day, making his fourth appearance for the side and John Holmes came on from the bench. Great Britain though were only able to score one try in the game and the final score ended 15-9 to the Australians. On this day in 1982 former Leeds player Gareth Morton was born in Scotland. Gareth joined Leeds from Leigh East Amateur Club. Gareth made his debut for the first team in the penultimate game of the 2001 season against Bradford but the following season was unable to build on this and made just one substitute appearance against Salford before leaving the club in 2002. Gareth represented Scotland during his time with Leeds and scored on his debut against France. When he left Leeds he switched codes to join Scottish Rugby Union side Borders before returning to Rugby League in 2005. He had a brief spell in the Rhinos Senior Academy on trial before signing for Hull KR. On this day in 1989 the New Zealand team visited Old Trafford to take on the Great Britain side. The Lions had already played two games earlier that year against France and had won both of these games, with one of the star men of those games being Leeds man Phil Ford, who had made a try scoring debut in the first game and followed this up with two tries in the second. In this encounter Phil was the only Leeds player in the side and he was unable to help his side avoid a 24-16 defeat to New Zealand.
Following both teams elimination from the Tetley's Challenge Cup last weekend, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield have agreed to re-arrange the date for their postponed Round Eight Super League clash at the Rapid Solicitor's Stadium which will now be played on Friday 26th July, kick off 8pm.
Rugby League fans will have the opportunity to put questions about the ongoing Policy Review and planned competition restructuring directly to RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood and RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer in a ground-breaking online question and answer session on Friday (May 17).