Former Rhino Buderus named in NRL Hall of Fame

Former Leeds Rhinos hooker Danny Buderus has been named as one of the latest inductees into the NRL Hall of Fame.

Buderus joins the Hall of Fame after his five years of retirement lapsed, the Newcastle and NSW champion being the most recent inductee to have pulled on the boots.

With 256 appearances for the Knights during their halcyon days of the late 90s and early 2000s, Buderus was ineligible for inclusion last year due to his Newcastle swansong across 2012-13.

His standing as one of the best hookers of all time is bolstered by a 2004 Dally M medal, three Dally M Hooker of the Year awards (2002, 2004 and 2005) and captaining NSW to back-to-back Origin wins among 21 appearances for his state.

Buderus joined the Rhinos in 2009 making his debut against Wakefield on 13th February 2009 and earning heritage number 1377. Leeds would be the only club he played for other than his beloved Newcastle Knights.

Typically of the Champion man he is, Buderus bowed at a winner at the Rhinos in the 2011 Grand Final before returning to the Knights to try and help them recapture their former glory.

The four latest Hall of Famers will be honoured formally on Wednesday night in a ceremony at Carriageworks in Redfern.