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Rhinos stars get great reception at Elland Road

16th October 2017 | 5:04 pm

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos stars Danny McGuire, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Adam Cuthbertson, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Tom Briscoe and Stevie Ward were given a heroes reception at Elland Road on Saturday when they did a lap of the pitch at half time of Leeds United’s home game against Reading.

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Leeds Rhinos stars Danny McGuire, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Adam Cuthbertson, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Tom Briscoe and Stevie Ward were given a heroes reception at Elland Road on Saturday when they did a lap of the pitch at half time of Leeds United’s home game against Reading.

The six players carried the Betfred Super League trophy with them with Jamie Jones-Buchanan leading the way with his Leeds United away shirt on, complete with JJB and 11 on the back. For the Rhinos forward it was a poignant day. A lifelong Leeds United fan, he used to work at Elland Road in his teenage years as a waiter in the Norman Hunter Suite. He was guest of honour in the suite on Saturday and took to the stage to talk about how special the occasion was for him personally. He commented, “It is special for me to be here today. I am a Leeds lad and love Leeds United. I used to work in this very room and it means a lot to me to be back here 20 years later with the Super League trophy having done the city proud.”

Like Jones-Buchanan, Rhinos skipper McGuire is a huge Whites fan and he had the privilege of bringing the trophy out on to the pitch.

Stevie Ward got off his sick bed to be at the game having had surgery on his injured shoulder in mid-week. Having made sure he didn’t miss the Grand Final because of his dislocated shoulder, the Leeds United fan was never going to let several hours of surgery stop him from enjoying a lap of Elland Road and he clearly enjoyed the occasion.

Likewise, adopted Yorkshireman Adam Cuthbertson donned an old school retro Leeds United top for the occasion complete with Cuthbertson and 10 on the back. He had surgery on the knee he injured in the Grand Final but still managed to do the full lap of the pitch to accept the applause from those at the ground.

The event came about thanks to an invite from Leeds United following the Grand Final success. The squad have also been invited to the Josh Warrington fight this weekend and will be guests of honour at the Leeds Lights switch on.

There will be a host of events between now and the start of the season for fans to attend. As a club we are proud of our record of taking the trophy out to our community, it never sits in a trophy cabinet but is used, especially by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, to inspire the next generation of players and fans.