JJB set to join elite group of players
John Holmes made over 600 appearances for Leeds in a career that spanned two decades.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan will join an elite group of players when he makes his 400th appearance for the club this Thursday as the Rhinos travel to Hull FC.
The former England international will become only the 14th player in the 123 year history of the club to make their 400th appearance for Leeds Rugby League following in the footsteps of his contemporaries Kevin Sinfield, Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire.
The full list reads like a who’s who of greats who have played for the club for over a century. Leading the way is the legendary John Holmes with 625 appearances spread over 20 years at the club.
Two former skippers are next in line with Fred Webster from the turn of the last century just ahead of the man who took the club into the current century, our most successful ever captain, Kevin Sinfield MBE.
John Atkinson is the only other player to have made over 500 appearances for the club but Rob Burrow came close last season before he hung up his boots, finishing eight short of the milestone.
Team mates David Ward and Alan Smith are next in line before Danny McGuire, who made his 468th and final appearance for the club leading the Rhinos to Grand Final glory at Old Trafford in 2017 with a man of the match winning performance.
Former skipper Jim Brough, who led the club to Challenge Cup glory at Wembley, is next followed by team mates from the 1970s in Ray Batten and Les Dyl. Welshman Evan Williams racked up over 400 games in fifteen years at the club whilst Neil Hague made 411 appearances during the 1970s and 80s.
The list in full is:
|1||HOLMES, JOHN (1968-89)||604||21||625|
|2||WEBSTER, FRED (1902-1920)||543||0||543|
|3||SINFIELD, KEVIN (1997-2015)||490||31||521|
|4||ATKINSON, JOHN (1965-1982)||512||6||518|
|5||BURROW, ROB (2001-2017)||364||128||492|
|6||WARD, DAVID (1971-1987)||442||40||482|
|7||SMITH, ALAN (1962-1983)||468||11||479|
|9||BROUGH, JIM (1925-1944)||442||0||442|
|10||BATTEN, RAY (1963-76)||420||14||434|
|11||DYL, LES (1970-83 and (1984-85)||427||7||434|
|12||WILLIAMS, EVAN (1925-1940)||415||0||415|
|13||HAGUE, NEIL (1973–1986)||393||18||411|