Jamie Jones-Buchanan granted 3-month testimonial

Engage Super League Grand Final Old Trafford sat 10th oct 2009 Leeds Rhinos v St Helens Jamie Jones Buchanan and Brent Webb enjoy the lap of honour

Leeds Rhinos legend and former England international Jamie Jones-Buchanan has been granted a 3-month testimonial by the RFL for services to the game.

The testimonial will run from November until January and will include a pre-season first team friendly against Bradford Bulls and a special ‘JJB Christmas Dinner.

The Leeds born player is one of the most decorated players in rugby league.  Over a 20-year career with the Rhinos he made 421 appearances and won a number of honours including seven Super League titles, one Challenge Cup, three World Club Challenges and three League Leaders titles.

The second-rower, who retired at the end of last season, made eleven appearances for England and one for Great Britain.  His enthusiasm for the game has made him not only a club favourite but a Rugby League icon. 

Through his work as a trustee of Leeds Rhinos Foundation he is helping the charity support the development of the next generation of players and he continues to raise the profile of the sport through his Rugby AM show and production company.

Speaking about being awarded a testimonial, Jones-Buchanan said: “It has been an honour play this great sport for over 20 years and to represent my home-town club and my country.

“I am hugely grateful to the RFL for granting me this testimonial and I would like to thank Gary Hetherington, Paul Caddick, all the directors of Leeds Rhinos and the people of Leeds who have supported me throughout my career. 

“The games against Bradford were always some of my favourites and I hope that incredible derby atmosphere returns to Emerald Headingley for this fixture.  It will be a great occasion and an opportunity for me to thank our loyal fans who have been amazing during my time at the Rhinos.”

Upcoming Testimonial Events

JJB’s Christmas Dinner

The testimonial celebrations will begin with ‘JJB’s Christmas Dinner’ on Tuesday 10th December.  Join Jamie Jones-Buchanan and his fellow Rhinos players, past and present, for an evening of Christmas festivities.

The event will take place in the Emerald Suite at Emerald Headingley Stadium, starting at 6.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event which includes a 3-course festive meal

The cost is £65 per person and £40 per child (16 and under)

Dress code: Smart casual, but must include something festive!

To book email [email protected] or call 0113 2033 222.

Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls

On Sunday 12th January the Rhinos first team will take on Bradford Bulls in a pre-season friendly for Jamie’s testimonial game.  This game will kick off at 3pm and will be on sale in December.