Leeds Rhinos Academy and Scholarship Programmes Return

Leeds Rhinos Scholarship Head Coach Mark Butterill

The Leeds Rhinos Academy and Scholarship programmes have returned to training in recent weeks following the COVID-19 shutdown.

Staff from the Leeds Rhinos Academy have worked closely with the RFL to ensure that the Academy and Scholarship programmes can return safely, whilst making sure the club continues to develop players for the future.

The Academy sees a new structure for 2021, with the return of U19 and suspension of the Reserves competition. Academy Head Coach Chev Walker introduced a new group of U17s on Tuesday 20th October to his Academy team, with 13 players progressing from last year’s U16s Scholarship. 

The Scholarship will continue with players at U16 and U15 in 2021. The U16s were the first to return to training on Monday 19th October following the COVID-19 shutdown. The new intake of U15, identified and recruited by Simon Bell (Head of Academy Recruitment & Operations) and Barry Evans (Junior Rugby Scout), started training on Monday at the Leeds Rugby Academy at Kirkstall for their first training session at Leeds Rhinos, led by Scholarship Head Coach Mark Butterill with ex-Leeds Rhinos player Brett Delaney also offering his expertise to the young players.

This is their first step on the Leeds Rhinos player development pathway, which has consistently produced first team players for the club over the years.

Leeds Rhinos U19 signings 2021

U19 PlayerEducation or training
Ajahni Wallace Rastrick High
Andrew StewartLeeds City College
Ben Mayhew St Aidan’s (Harrogate)
Ben Sheils Aquinas College
Coby Nichol Huddersfield College
Jack MallinsonLeeds Beckett University
Joe GibbonsNotre Dame 6th Form College
Joe Hird Apprentice Landscape Gardner
Jonah ParsonsMirfield Free Grammar
Luca AtkinsonNotre Dame 6th Form College
Corey Hall (first team squad) Leeds Beckett University
Liam Tindall (first team squad) 
Mackenzie Turner Ralph Thoresby
Nathan SneeApprentice Joiner
Oli BurtonApprentice Joiner
Oli Field St Aidan’s (Harrogate)
Sam Little St Aidan’s (Harrogate)
Thomas Nicholson-WattonSt Mary’s (Menston)

Leeds Rhinos U17 signings 2021

U17 PlayerEducation or training
Alfie EdgellBrigshaw 
Bailey AldrideHuddersfield College 
Caine GlancyNotre Dame 6th Form College
Ethan Spear 
Jake StonesWakefield College
Kai MorganApprentice Plumber
Levi Edwards Leeds Rhinos Foundation
Max SimpsonGarforth High
Morgan GannonNotre Dame 6th Form College
Sam WroePontefract New College
Billy Davies Link College Huddersfield
Will GatusQEGS
Sonny LynchTBC

Leeds Rhinos U16 signings 2021

U16 PlayerSchoolCommunity Club
Alfie BeresfordFreestonFeatherstone Lions
Alfie MarshallCockburnSaddleworth Rangers
Archie AwtyRyburn ValleySiddal
Charlie LoveringOldham Hulme GrammarSaddleworth Rangers
Dylan ProudNorth Halifax GrammarSiddal
Ged BoylanOasis AcademySaddleworth Rangers
Jack JohnsonFarnley AcademyLeeds Irish
Jack SinfieldSaddleworth HighSaddleworth Rangers
Jack SmithKings High PontefractFeatherstone Lions
Jacob MitchellSaddleworth HighSaddleworth Rangers
Jude ThompsonRidgewood HighFeatherstone Lions
Kyden FraterRalph ThoresbyMilford
Luke SoutheringtonBlue Coats Saddleworth Rangers
Neil TchamambeCorpus ChristiLeeds Irish
Riley LumbCastleford AcademyLock Lane
Tobias GibsonCrossley HeathSiddal
Tom MarrisCastleford AcademyLock Lane

Leeds Rhinos U15 signings 2021

U15 PlayerSchoolCommunity Club
Archie HurfordWoodhouse GroveGuiseley Rangers
Ben FindlayRodillianHunslet Parkside
Bobby HartleyMount St Mary’sEast Leeds
Casey CunninghamSouth Leeds John CharlesHunslet Parkside
Cassius HanseBrooksbankSiddal
David BensonBrigshawEast Leeds
Joe PhillipsRyburn ValleySiddal
Kai Taylor-SmithBruntcliffeHunslet Parkside
Leo EvansThornton BeckfootBirkinshaw 
Lloyd Mcewan-PetersPrince Henry’sGuiseley Rangers
Mackenzie Beaumont  CroftonSharlston Rovers
Mark NelsonCorpus ChristiEast Leeds
Mason CorbettJohn SmeatonEast Leeds
Sonny PattisonRoydsEast Leeds
Ferguson McCormackWoodhouse GroveGuiseley Rangers
Harry TaylorPrince Henry’sGuiseley Rangers