Rhinos Women’s player Glanville to return home to Australia

Leeds Rhinos Women’s player Jordan Glanville, who joined the squad this season, is to return home to Australia due to the COCID-19 crisis.

The 25-year-old, who originally came over on trial, made a big impression with the coaches and earned a place in the 2020 Women’s squad.  Recent global events however have meant that she has been forced to return home for the foreseeable future.

“We are sad to be leaving, but we had to make the decision to go home given the situation with the current health crisis.  My boyfriend Josh works in a gym and of course they have all now closed so he lost his job and although I still could have worked, as I work in health care as an occupational therapist, we couldn’t really work out if we could be stable enough here if it was just going to be me working, so we thought the safest thing to do would be to get home.

“Everyone at the Rhinos has been supportive and have helped us in the last couple of days to get everything sorted from our car to getting us to the airport – I definitely didn’t feel alone here.

“We booked a flight on Thursday night but it got cancelled they didn’t give us any information why, and then the United Arab Emirates announced that they were shutting all their borders, including any transit passengers from Wednesday and our flight would have put us in transit in Dubai, so we contacted Emirates and they said would be better to not get on that flight as we would get stuck in Dubai so we had to get the money credited from them and then had to spend money again once we got to the airport on another flight with Qatar, as Doha still open so we should be able to transit through there and over to Sydney, so it’s been quite a stressful process.”

When she joined the club, Glanville was on a crash course to learn the skills of the game, having previously only played touch football and Oztag back in Australia,  but she soon proved she had what it took to join the reigning Women’s Super League Champions.

“It’s disappointing that I won’t be able to make my debut for the Rhinos for the foreseeable future, it was great to be given the opportunity to be part of the club in the first place.  To play with the Rhinos only became a recent dream, but it is still disappointing that I won’t be able to take to the field with the girls.

“I loved my time at the club, it was a great way to get to know new people and give something new a go. I wouldn’t rule out not coming back in the future, especially as our visa doesn’t run out until June 2021.  So we will get home first and then look at things again when hopefully this has all blown over.”

Before she left to make her way home, she was presented with her own Rhinos shirt with the number worn by her father, 1999 Challenge Cup winner Marc Glanville, during his time with the club and she said this was very special for her.

“I was honoured to have been given the chance to stand in my dad’s shoes and have definitely got a new appreciation for the level of skill he brought to the game and the game itself now that I’ve finally given it a crack. Receiving the jersey from the club and with the same colours and number he wore was a massive highlight and an emotional end to my time with the Rhinos. Whilst I’m devastated that jersey presentation wasn’t coupled with a game, I am a little relieved because it means no stats update or grilling for my old man for now!”

“I’d really like to thank the Rhinos for giving me the chance to try Rugby League, their patience with me, teaching me so much, making me feel at home in Leeds and making sure I earned the right to be there, rather than just taking me on because of my dad’s role with the club.”