Six Cowboy connections with the Rhinos

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Former Rhino Dave Furner is on the North Queensland Cowboys coaching staff whilst legendary Leeds boss Graham Murray was a former Cowboys Head Coach but there are six players who have played for both clubs in their career.

Damian Gibson
The full back was in the first ever Cowboys team in 1995 before joining the Rhinos in 1997. Damian spent just one season at Headingley as a player before returning to the join the back room team under Brian McDermott in 2011 and 2012. 

Adrian Vowles
Like Gibson, the former Castleford skipper made his debut for the Cowboys in their first ever game however his match lasted just six minutes when he was sent off for a high tackle on Bulldogs counterpart Matt Ryan. Vowles joined the Rhinos in 2002 from Castleford but left before the season had finished to join Wakefield as player/coach. 

Jamie Mathiou
The Irish international joined the Rhinos from the Cowboys in 1997. He had made his debut for the Cowboys in round two of their inaugural season against North Sydney Bears. Until the current generation, Mathiou had been one of the longest serving overseas players in the club's history. He played for Leeds until 2001 and made 113 appearances. 

Willie Poching
Willie made his debut for the Cowboys against the Warriors in Round 3 of the 1996 season however it was a move to England with Wakefield initially and then the Rhinos that saw him play his best rugby. Willie played for the Rhinos from 2002 until 2006 and won the 2004 Grand Final before joining the club's back room team. 

Andrew Dunemann 
Dunemann was the star of the show when Leeds last played North Queensland back in 1997. Along with brother Ian, they were rising prospects of the fledgling Cowboys outfit but he enjoyed a successful career in Super League with Halifax, Leeds and Salford before switching to coaching after retirement. He was part of the Rhinos team who won their first ever world title against Canterbury in 2005 at Elland Road. He made his Cowboys debut in round 7 of the 1996 season against Gold Coast. 

Scott Donald
Townsville-born Scott started out with his home town club making his debut in round 19 of the 1998 season.  After a spell at Parramatta and Manly, he joined the Rhinos and wrote his name in the Rhinos record books with five seasons at the club, ending with Grand Final wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 having joined Leeds in 2006.