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ON THIS DAY

7th November 2006 | 12:00 am

By Leeds Rhinos

On the 7th November in years gone by Welsh international Evan Williams was made his debut for Leeds and in 1978 former hooker Terry Newton was born.

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On the 7th November in years gone by Welsh international Evan Williams was made his debut for Leeds and in 1978 former hooker Terry Newton was born.

On this day in 1925 Welsh international Evan Williams was made his debut for Leeds against Bradford Northern. He was one of the most versatile players ever to represent Leeds, equally at home in the centre, at stand off or scrum half. He arrived at Headingley in November 1925, making a try scoring debut in a 61-3 rout of Bradford, and in all turned out 415 times for the club. A fine goal kicker, his greatest asset was as a reader of play, his tactical variation and support marking him out as one of the best in the business. He played a vital role in the Loiners Challenge Cup win in 1932 and again in 1936 when his three kicks against Warrington gave Leeds the 18-2 victory. In total he scored 75 tries and 180 goals over a fifteen year career. Despite being one of the great Leeds players, Evan was unable to make a breakthrough to the Great Britain side, his only international honours coming in Rugby Union, where he played for the Welsh side. On this day in 1978 former hooker Terry Newton was born. Terry joined Leeds after a protracted transfer from Wigan amateur team St Judes, after Warrington had claimed they had also signed the young Newton. Terry missed his first year of Academy rugby due to the problem however when he finally joined in March 1996 he made an immediate impact. He made his debut against Sheffield at Headingley in April of that year and by the next season was a regular in the side making 26 appearances in 1997 and scoring 2 tries. His progression continued in 1998, despite going on loan to Bramley for a month, he still played in the Grand Final team at Old Trafford before playing his best season at the club in 1999. Leeds had signed Great Britain hooker Lee Jackson and Newton’s opportunities looked limited however shrewd coach Graham Murray came up with a game plan that used both to their maximum potential. Newton, with his no nonsense direct play would start games with Jackson coming on off the bench to carve teams open. He played 83 times for Leeds and scored 6 tries. After leaving Leeds, he returned to his home town club, Wigan, where he developed into an outstanding hooker. He won his second Challenge Cup, repeating his efforts at Leeds with his new club in 2002. He made his debut for Great Britain against New Zealand in 1998 and has missed out on subsequent tours and the World Cup in 2000 through injury. However, he returned to the Great Britain squad in 2002 after a great start to the season at JJB Stadium. At the end of last season he was involved in a bizarre transfer triangle and ended up leaving Wigan to join Bradford in a swap deal for Micky Higham, who left Bradford without ever playing for them having signed from St Helens on the same day.

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