RHINOS BACK PERPIGNAN CLUB

Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has put the Rhinos support firmly behind the newly proposed French Super League club in Perpignan.

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has put the Rhinos support firmly behind the newly proposed French Super League club in Perpignan after the vote to decide on their inclusion was postponed yesterday. Hetherington, who founded Sheffield Eagles as a new club in the 1980’s, was impressed by the French proposal and has given the Rhinos full backing for their inclusion. He commented, "We will be backing the Perpignan bid at the meeting on 26th May. The presentation was well received by all the clubs and significantly has the backing of the Rugby Football League, who have been working closely with them for the last two years. Hetherington, who is the RFL President in 2004 added, "I think this represents the most exciting development and opportunity for Super League to date and their inclusion in Super League would add a new attraction to the players and fans and at the same time give a big boost to Rugby League in France and their international side." If Perpignan did make a return to the rugby league calendar it would see a repeat of a fixture played on 15th November 1969 when Leeds played Perpignan in the European Club Championship, with Leeds winning 31-5 thanks to four tries by John Atkinson, at Headingley.