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2017 Super League Champions

New era dawns for Rhinos with 2018 squad numbers

4th November 2017 | 6:00 am

By Phil Daly

Betfred Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos have unveiled their new look home kit and squad numbers for the 2018 season.

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Betfred Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos have unveiled their new look home kit and squad numbers for the 2018 season.

The traditional blue and amber shirt will give the Rhinos a classic look for the new campaign as a new era begins at Emerald Headingley Stadium. New signing Richie Myler has been awarded the number seven shirt vacated by the retirement of Rob Burrow and will become only the fourth player in the Super League period to wear number seven for the Rhinos. Joel Moon is rewarded for his outstanding season in the halves last season with the number six shirt. McGuire and Burrow had held their respective squad numbers since the 2003 season.

Ireland international Brad Singleton earns an elevation in the squad numbers following a strong campaign in 2017 as he moves from 16 to 10, with Adam Cuthbertson switching from ten to eight. Keith Galloway has been awarded the number 20 squad number as he recovers from his Achilles injury. Liam Sutcliffe, who reverted to centre last season and made the spot his own to win the Grand Final, has now moved up to number four.

New signings Brad Dwyer and Nathaniel Peteru having been given the numbers 14 and 21 whilst Anthony Mullally is a big mover as he goes from 20 to 16. Young full back Jack Walker has been given the number 24 squad number whilst fellow Academy graduates Harry Newman and Alex Sutcliffe have been awarded the numbers 26 and 31 respectively.

Eighteen out of the 31-man squad have come through the Academy system at Leeds with Jamie Jones-Buchanan remaining as the longest serving player having made his debut back in 1999.

Commenting on the squad, Head Coach Brian McDermott said, “Naturally with Rob and Danny having left the squad, it has enabled us to reward some other players for their development in recent years. Liam Sutcliffe has shown his potential as a centre and will continue to develop whilst Brad Singleton performed at a new level for him in 2017 and deserves his promotion. We expanded our first team squad last season to 30 players which was a major help to our preparations for games during the season and it is important that we have maintained that expanded group for this season.”

 

The Rhinos have also launched their new look home kit for 2018 today. The kit features the traditional blue and amber bands and marks 50 years since the famous Watersplash Final at Wembley when Leeds lifted the Challenge Cup with victory over Wakefield Trinity. The shirt goes on sale at 9am from the club shop at Emerald Headingley and online at store.leedsrugby.com

The shirt is available in adult sizes XS to 6XL and ladies sizes 8-18 at £46.99. Junior shirts are available in sizes age 6 to 16 priced £36.99. Replica shorts are available in junior and adults sizes from £22.99. Replica socks will also be available in adult and junior sizes from £9.99. There will be toddler kits available, including shirt and shorts, however these are not available for the launch. These will be available in sizes 0-4 priced £36.99.

The shirt includes the club’s heritage logo, as worn on the Leeds kit in the 1968 Challenge Cup Final, with a special 50th anniversary logo inside the collar. The front of the shirt features the Leeds Building Society logo along with the logos of associate partners Global and Berrys along with official kit suppliers ISC. The sleeves have the branding of Leeds Beckett University with three more partners on the back of the shirt with Quest joined by LSS Waste Management and FPS. The socks and shorts also feature the logo of SMUK.

There are items of training and leisure range to accompany the home kit in store from Saturday with a few items coming into store and online over the next couple of weeks. Please note that sales in the club shop on Saturday will be cash only.

The squad list in full:

1 Ashton Golding
2 Tom Briscoe
3 Kallum Watkins
4 Liam Sutcliffe
5 Ryan Hall
6 Joel Moon
7 Richie Myler
8 Adam Cuthbertson
9 Matt Parcell
10 Brad Singleton
11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan
12 Carl Ablett
13 Stevie Ward
14 Brad Dwyer
15 Brett Delaney
16 Anthony Mullally
17 Mitch Garbutt
18 Jimmy Keinhorst
19 Brett Ferres
20 Keith Galloway
21 Nathaniel Peteru
22 Ash Handley
23 Jack Ormondroyd
24 Jack Walker
25 Jordan Lilley
26 Harry Newman
27 Cameron Smith
28 Mikolaj Oledzki
29 Josh Jordan-Roberts
30 Josh Walters
31 Alex Sutcliffe