Chris Feather will be ruled out for six weeks after fracturing his scaphoid bone in his hand during Friday night's victory over Wakefield at Headingley Carnegie.
Leeds Rhinos have today confirmed that prop Chris Feather will be ruled out for six weeks after fracturing his scaphoid bone in his hand during Friday night's victory over Wakefield at Headingley Carnegie. Feather will almost certainly miss the Rhinos Powergen Challenge Cup semi final against Huddersfield on 30th July at Odsal and is not due to return until early August. The former Wakefield front rower will have surgery on the injury on Tuesday and joins Richard Mathers and Matt Diskin currently on the sidelines for Leeds. There was good news for Head Coach Tony Smith however with the return of England international Nick Scruton from injury. Commenting on the news Smith said, "It is disappointing for Chris because he was getting a good run in the side recently but the surgery is routine and we are confident he will be back available in six weeks. It is good to have Nick Scruton back available after missing the last two games, not just because of Chris' injury but also the form he was showing before the injury." Meanwhile, Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has confirmed that the Rhinos are hoping to bring in Kiwi Test centre Clinton Toopi to boost their squad for the engage Super League title run-in. Toopi is due to join Rhinos next season, but Hetherington is hoping his current club New Zealand Warriors will release the player three months early. The centre is currently in the UK for Tuesday's XXXX Test between Great Britain and New Zealand. He attended Friday's game against Wakefield at Headingley Carnegie and received a warm reception from the Leeds fans. Gary Hetherington commented, "Clinton's manager Peter Brown is going to approach the Warriors to sound out the possibility of him joining us for the rest of this season. There will be discussions early this week. The deadline for any new players to play until the end of the season is July 18, so we will have to move quickly if anything is going to happen."
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).