On this day – 27th June
On this day in 1914 Great Britain took on Australia in Sydney. Great Britain won the game 23-5 in front of a crowd of 40,000, in the first match of the series. In the Great Britain side that day was Leeds man Billy Jarman, who made his debut on this day. Despite missing a conversion attempt from in front of the posts, Jarman made a fine impression and retained his place for the following game.
Jarman made 148 appearances for Leeds after making his debut against Wakefield at Headingley on 28th December 1908. He scored 35 tries and four goals for a total of 113 points. When he signed for Leeds he was rated as one of the finest forwards to ever play for the club before he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country in the First World War, being called up immediately on his return from the 1914 Australasian tour. He played in the club’s first ever success when Leeds defeated Hull 26-12 in the 1910 Challenge Cup Final in a replay at Huddersfield and also notably scored two tries in the then club record win of 102-0 against Coventry on 12th April 1913.
In 2010, the Rhinos travelled to Warrington Wolves to face Tony Smith’s side in Super League.
A fantastic second half fightback from the Rhinos and 45 metre drop goal from Kevin Sinfield sealed a brilliant win for the Champions at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Leeds Rhinos managed to beat the closure of the M62 to make it to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in time for a much anticipated clash with Tony Smith’s high flying Wolves side.