Peacock gives local charity silver lining with new Rhinos Magic Kit

Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock MBE is helping raise funds and awareness for a charity close to his heart with a new look kit launched by the club for the Magic Weekend.

Peacock, who is in the final season of his glittering 19-year professional career in 2015, is receiving a donation from each Rhinos shirt sold this year towards his testimonial fund. However, the former England and Great Britain captain has decided to donate all his proceeds from the new look Magic shirt to the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. 

The new look silver and navy kit was designed to be worn at the Magic Weekend when the Rhinos take on Wigan Warriors at St James’ Park as part of a full round of fixtures being played at the home of Newcastle United. However, the kit will get a first run out this Friday when the Rhinos travel to Warrington Wolves live on Sky Sports.

Commenting on the new look kit, Peacock, who has already held a number of events as part of his testimonial to raise funds for Wheatfields Hospice, said, “My favourite away kit from my time at the Rhinos was my first season back in 2006 so when I was asked my thoughts on an alternative kit for the Magic Weekend, that was different from our home and away kits this season, this was my first choice. It is great that we are also able to raise funds and awareness for the fantastic work done at Wheatfields Hospice. I know from first hand experience, the incredible job they do there and I know that every penny donated will make a difference to those using Wheatfields.”

Leeds Rhinos Commercial Director Rob Oates added, “The Magic Weekend is now one of the highlights of the Rugby League calendar and we wanted to mark that occasion with a special limited edition kit. However, we have been requested to wear the kit for the televised clash with Warrington next week so have decided to release the shirt now so fans can get their hands on it now plus it means the kit will be worn on more than one occasion. In conjunction with Jamie’s generous offer to Wheatfields, we will also be looking at ways we can help raise more funds and profile for this fantastic cause during the season.”

The shirt is available in store at Headingley Carnegie or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/store now in adult sizes XS to 6XL and ladies sizes 8-18 priced £46.50. Junior shirts are available in sizes age 6 to 16 priced £36.50 whilst toddlers shirts aged 0-4 after £30. Replica shorts and socks are also available in junior and adults sizes from £20 for the shorts and £8 for a pair of socks.