Rhinos skipper Watkins granted testimonial by RFL
Leeds Rhinos captain Kallum Watkins has been granted a testimonial by the Rugby Football League which will begin on 1st July this year.
The England star is currently sidelined by an ACL knee injury and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season following surgery.
Watkins joined the Rhinos straight from school and made his debut when he was still just 16 years old in 2008. He has made over 200 appearances for the Rhinos and won three Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups, two League Leaders Shields and the World Club Challenge in 2012.
Commenting on the announcement the 27-year-old said, “I would like to thank the RFL for granting this testimonial and especially to Gary Hetherington, Paul Caddick and all the directors of Leeds Rhinos who have supported me throughout my career. Obviously at present it is pretty tough being on the sidelines when I want to be out there leading the boys. When you are unable to do the job you love through injury, it makes you appreciate the good times and will drive me on to get back fitter and stronger than ever. I am honoured to be granted a testimonial and follow in the footsteps of legendary former team mates who have achieved the same accolade. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first decade at the club and look forward to making more happy memories in the future.”
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington added, “On behalf of everyone at the Rhinos, I would like to congratulate Kallum on being granted his testimonial. He has been an outstanding servant for Leeds Rhinos and England throughout his career and I am sure Rhinos fans will support the many events his testimonial committee have planned.”
A host of events have already been added to the Testimonial planner for the next year which will include:
Legends Match – August 2018 – details coming soon
2019 ‘Naked Calendar Launch – September 2018
Boating and BBQ evening in Knaresborough – Tuesday 11th September – email email@example.com to register your interest.
Kallum’s Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 12th December 2018 – to book your place please call 0113 2033222 – £55 plus VAT per head
Testimonial match – Pre-season 2019
Golf Day – May 2019
Finale Dinner – June 2019