On this Day – 17th February

ON THIS DAY in 1980 former Leeds player Tonie Carroll was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Carroll began his career with Brisbane Broncos in 1996 and made his State of Origin debut for Queensland in 1998.

He played in the 2000 Grand Final win for Broncos over Roosters and then represented New Zealand in the 2000 World Cup. He joined Leeds in 2001 and he made 50 appearances for the club and scored 31 tries.

He returned to Australia in 2003 to once again play for the Broncos and retired in 2009.

ON THIS DAY in 2006 the Rhinos came back from 16-0 down to defeat Wigan 24-16 at the JJB Stadium.

Within ten minutes the visitors were across for their first try with Shane Millard using his power to go from dummy half. Sinfield added the conversion to breath life into the Leeds fightback. The comeback was well and truely on two minutes later when Danny McGuire got away from the attempted tackle by Harrison Hansen to race through and score. Sinfield again added the conversion to bring Leeds back to within a score of levelling the score making it 16-12 after 53 minutes.

ON THIS DAY in 2012 Leeds Rhinos beat Manly Sea Eagles 26-12 at Emeraldn Headingley to become World Champions again thanks to a brace from man of the match Ryan Hall.

The Rhinos made two changes to the side that lost at Wigan the previous week with Ben Jones-Bishop and Kallum Watkins coming into the side for Weller Hauraki and Lee Smith.

Manly were set to name their strongest possible side for the clash which included Australian internationals Jamie Lyon, Anthony Watmough, Brent Kite, Tony Williams, Daly Cherry-Evans and the Stewart brothers, Brett and Glenn.