On this Day – 1st August
Leeds's Jamie Jones-Buchanan's with his children Lore, Dacx, Kurgan & Bane after his testimonial match.
On this day in 1981 Jamie Jones Buchanan was born. Jamie played two decades at the club, having made his debut in 1999 in the wake of the Challenge Cup Final. Ten years later he made his own history as part of the team who captured a third consecutive Grand Final title at Old Trafford.
Two years after signing from Stanningley, Jamie made his first team debut but despite this promising start, frustration followed when a series of niggling injuries hindered his progression in the first team. By 2002 he was back to full fitness and went onto make 22 appearances and scored his first ever try for the club against Salford. In 2003 he made a further 11 appearances but in 2004 Jamie was able to flourish thanks to an injury free season.
He came on from the bench in the Grand Final against Bradford Bulls when the Rhinos secured the Championship for the first time in 32 years before going onto be named Carnegie World Club Champions in 2005.
In 2007 Jamie was an ever present for the Rhinos and his impressive season culminated in him scoring a try in the Grand Final win over St Helens. In 2008 after his success with the Rhinos Jamie was once again recognised for his achievements by being named in the England squad for the 2008 World Cup in Australia. He was back at Old Trafford with the Rhinos in 2009 as Leeds wrote their names in the history books again.
At the half way point of his career, Jamie kept on producing his best performances to help Leeds capture more silverware. Another Grand Final ring with victory over St Helens in 2011 saw Jones-Buchanan lift the Super League trophy for a fifth time; a feat which he did again the following year against Warrington.
The only trophy Jones-Buchanan didn’t have was a Challenge Cup. Having tried four times to since 2005, the back rower had suffered defeat to Hull FC, Wigan and Warrington twice in the cup final but 2014 would be the year that Leeds beat their hoodoo to finally lift the trophy. Facing off against Castleford Tigers, Jamie helped Leeds to a 23-10 victory and, finally, a Challenge Cup.
The 2015 treble year was bittersweet for Jones-Buchanan; suffering an injury against St Helens in the semi finals of the Challenge Cup put him on the sidelines for the season but he was to see the Rhinos claim all three trophies, including the Challenge Cup which Jamie lifted alongside Kevin Sinfield on the Wembley podium.
Now one of the senior leaders in the squad, Jones-Buchanan was a vital part of Brian McDermott’s side that turned Leeds from Qualifer competitors in 2016 to Grand Final champions in 2017, scoring three tries in 30 games during that season.
Announcing his retirement in 2019, he made nine appearances, scoring a try against Salford in his penultimate game before running out at Emerald Headingley for the last time against Warrington Wolves, kicking his only conversion.
Taking up a role as assistant coach under Richard Agar, there was one last hurrah for the Bramley boy, playing his testimonial match in front of a sell out stadium alongside fellow legends Rob Burrow, who the game was also a fundraiser for, Kevin Sinfield MBE, Jamie Peacock MBE, Kylie Leuluai, Danny McGuire, Keith Senior, Brett Delaney and Ryan Bailey.
On this day in 1999 Leeds travelled to face Wakefield to play the Wildcats in Super League. Leeds had lost their previous game 28-12 to St Helens at Headingley, but were still in the running for a top three finish. Francis Cummins opened the try scoring for the Rhinos, followed by Paul Sterling, Richie Blackmore – who scored two, Brad Godden, Marvin Golden and Iestyn Harris – who also scored 3 goals to bring the score to 34-10 to the Rhinos.
On this day in 2004 the Rhinos once again faced Wakefield, this time at Headingley and the game was a memorable one for Danny McGuire as the in form stand off scored a try in the game which took his seasons tally to 29 and saw him set a new try scoring record in a Super League season, overtaking Paul Newlove’s previous record held since 1996. The Rhinos had gone in front through Danny Ward who scored his first try of the season, Willie Poching then scored a try against his former club to extend the lead and Danny McGuire then touched down for his record try. In the second half Willie Poching scored his second try of the game, Keith Senior and Chris McKenna added a try a piece and Rob Burrow touched down twice to see the Rhinos win 28-26 and retain their unbeaten home run and keep their four point lead at the top of Super League.
In 2009 Leeds took on Warrington Wolves at Headingley. A late Scott Donald try stole the show when the two sides clashed in 2009. Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Lee Smith and Donald’s tries had been matched by Warrington, who led the game 22-18 with minutes to go; Mike Cooper scoring with five minutes to go. Donald had other ideas, taking a wide pass from Sinfield to touch down in the corner.
On this day in 2013, Leeds defeated London Broncos at the Stoop 30-18.
Kevin Sinfield celebrated his 500th appearance for the Leeds Rhinos with victory and five successful kicks against a much improved London Broncos.
Five scores, from Jamie Peacock, Ben Jones-Bishop, Alex Foster plus a brace from Paul McShane sealed a third straight win for the Rhinos.
Broncos, scored three tries to restore pride. Luke Dorn, Dan Sarginson and Ben Fisher were the London try-scorers.
In 2014, Leeds suffered a shock defeat to Bradford Bulls at Headingley as Brian McDermott rotated his squad ahead of the Challenge Cup semi final.
A last gasp try from Lee Gaskell secured victory for Bradford Bulls despite second half tries from Brett Delaney and Luke Briscoe for the home side.
On this day in 1914 the Northern Union played New Zealand at the Domain Cricket Ground in Auckland, three days before the start of World War I.
The tourists included Leeds winger Avon Davies, who crossed for a try just before half time to give the visitors a 11-3 lead and they never looked back as they went on to win 16-13.