On this day in 1976 former Leeds player Damian Gibson was born and in 2000 Leeds played Hull FC in the league for the first time that season.
On this day in 1976 former Leeds player Damian Gibson was born. Damian joined the Rhinos from North Queensland Cowboys in January 1997 along with Jamie Mathiou. A tremendously exiting player, he only played at Headingley for one season but only missed four games in a season that saw him play against his former club in the World Club Championship. He scored six tries in 28 games, including an incredible try against Adelaide Rams when, on the brink of half time, Iestyn Harris kicked through from the base of a scrum in his own half which Gibson read perfectly to score. He won the Players Player of the Season in his only season at the club. Gibson played for two seasons at North Queensland Cowboys after joining them in January 1995 from Newcastle Knights. After leaving Leeds, Damian joined Halifax Blue Sox, where he spent three seasons before moving onto Salford City Reds. In December 2002, after the Reds had been relegated from Super League, Gibson moved on again, this time moving to Castleford Tigers, making his debut against Leeds at Headingley on Boxing Day 2002. Damian represented Wales in 1999 and retained his place in the squad for the World Cup in 2000, although he did not play. On this day in 2000 Leeds played Hull FC in the league for the first time that season. Earlier that season the teams had played each other in the semi final of the Challenge Cup and had won 28-22 but in this game it was the Airlie Birds who claimed the victory. Adrian Morley, Richie Blackmore, Andy Hay and Karl Pratt all scored tries each and Iestyn Harris kicked 3 goals, but it was not enough and Hull FC ended as the 26-22 winners.
Leeds Rhinos have been given a boost ahead of tonight's Super League clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 7.45pm, with the news that experienced forward Ian Kirke, 32, has agreed a new two year contract with the club.