On This Day – 25th September

Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves Robbie Mears Pic by Gordon Clayton Copyright Varley Picture Agency.

ON THIS DAY in 1974 former Leeds man Robbie Mears was born. Robbie was the Rhinos final signing for the 2001 season when he arrived from the Auckland Warriors in December 2000. However, Robbie had a horrendous year with injuries, fracturing his collar bone in the first game of the season, a 106-10 win over Swinton.

He then returned to the side and showed fantastic skill in his 24 appearances, scoring 7 tries and earning the Supporters Player of the Year title. However, a horrific high tackle by St Helens Sonny Nickle in the final game of the regular season severely fractured his cheekbone and threatened his career. Robbie decided to return to Australia at the end of the season and then returned to the game with West Tigers. Robbie signed from the Auckland Warriors and was a former Canterbury Bulldogs player.

He was an Australian Schoolboy international and showed a great deal of promise as a youngster. However, after leaving the Bulldogs he discovered his true form at the Warriors where he became a crowd favourite with his exciting play from dummy half. Prior to the Bulldogs, Robbie played for Sydney City.

ON THIS DAY in 1986 former Leeds player Ashley Gibson was born. The Leeds born centre came through the Rhinos Academy and made a memorable debut with a hat trick against Leigh Centurions.

He went on to make 36 appearances for the club and scored 14 tries. He left the club in 2009 and went on to play for Salford, Castleford, Wakefield and Bradford Bulls.

A last second try from Ryan Hall secured the League Leaders Shield in the most dramatic circumstances at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Rhinos were back by a phenomenal travelling band of supporters at the John Smith’s Stadium and they seemed to draw inspiration from them early on as they took the game to the home side.