They played for both: Wigan Warriors

Ahead of our round two clash with Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium, which is live on Sky Sports, take a look back at four players who have worn both blue and amber and red and white in the Super League era.

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Mark Calderwood

Winger Mark Calderwood joined the Leeds Rhinos Academy from community club Milford ARL and earned his call up to the first team squad in 2001. By the time Leeds won their inaugural Super League Grand Final in 2004, Calderwood had scored sixty tries in over 70 matches. In his final year at the club, the winger finished as top try scorer, scoring 35 tries in 35 matches, two of which came in the Challenge Cup Final loss to Hull FC.

He left the club that season, crossing the Pennines to join Wigan Warriors on a two year contract. His first season in cherry and white was slow; Calderwood scoring six tries in 21 games as Wigan finished eighth in the league. A year later, he kicked-started the season with a try in the opening round loss to Warrington but picked up tries in the Challenge Cup quarter finals and semi-finals. The Warriors were unable to pick up silverware for another season and with eleven tries and another Challenge Cup quarter final under his belt, he ended his Wigan career in 2008 with a loss to Leeds, who would eventually won the Grand Final that season.


Gary Connolly

After stints at St Helens and Canterbury in the NRL, full back and centre Gary Connolly moved back to the UK to sign for Wigan in 1993. In his decade at the club, Connolly won eight honours (four Challenge Cups and four Championship titles) and picked up caps for both Great Britain and England. He made over 200 appearances for Wigan, getting his try tally into double figures in his first seven years at the club. He played against Leeds in the 1995 Challenge Cup final, which Wigan won 30-10.

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In 2002, he was released to join the Rhinos where he spent two seasons. Under Daryl Powell, Connolly scored on his debut against Whitehaven in the Challenge Cup and went on to play 33 times, scoring seven tries. He was in another Challenge Cup final as well, scoring in the 22-20 loss to Bradford at Cardiff. Despite starting the 2004 season as a Leeds player, a lack of game time under Tony Smith prompted the centre to return to Wigan, where he played until the end of the season before signing for Widnes.


Ben Cross

Ben Cross arrived at the Rhinos in 2011 as an experienced NRL forward. The hard hitting prop had been explosive in the NRL for Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights and under Craig Bellamy at the Storm, he was part of the club’s 2006 Grand Final squad and came off the bench in the 15-8 defeat to Brisbane Broncos. Heading into the 2011 season, he was offered the opportunity to come to the Rhinos and reached an agreement with Newcastle to release him from his contract.

He joined former Knight’s team mate Danny Buderus at the club for pre-season and debuted in Leeds’ Magic Weekend win over Bradford Bulls. After eight more appearances for in blue and amber, the prop’s Rhinos career was cut short as he was released from his contract in June.

Wigan stepped in to pick up Cross a month later but under Michael Maguire, the prop had limited game time again. He made his debut in a convincing 48-6 win over Wakefield Trinity, he also appeared in the club’s Challenge Cup semi final win over St Helens, although he was unable to play in the final though against his former club. Later in the year, he came off the bench in the play offs for Wigan in their defeat to St Helens.

He left Wigan at the end of the year, he had a spell at Widnes Vikings before moving back to Australia, where he currently coaches the Ipswich Jets.


Dom Crosby

Born in Wigan, prop Dom Crosby became one of the latest homegrown talents to come through the Warriors’ Academy system in 2012. After brief dual registration spells with Widnes Vikings and South Wales Scorpions, he made his first team debut in the Challenge Cup against North Wales Crusaders before going on to play for Leigh on dual registration. He made an impression at Super League level in 2013 and was a member of the Wigan side that appeared in four consecutive Grand Finals from 2013 until 2016. In total he made 102 appearances for Wigan, scoring 7 tries.

After a short spell at Warrington under Tony Smith, Leeds agreed a three-year contract with Crosby in 2018. He joined the Rhinos on loan in July and made seven appearances towards the end of the season to help the Rhinos secure their Super League spot. Injury struck in his second season at the club, which ruled him out of action and in September 2020, he announced his retirement.


Ticket Information

Tickets and travel for Leeds Rhinos first away game of the season against Wigan Warriors is available to purchase online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk and over the phone on 0371 423 1315.

Advance and Match Day Prices North Stand (Unreserved seating behind posts)
Adult£25
Senior Citizens (65+)£18
Adults aged 22 to 24£20
Under 21£17
Junior aged 8 to 17£11
Junior Season Members£5
Junior Under 8s*FREE
Companion*FREE

Official Coach Travel Leeds Rhinos Official Travel will depart from Car Park F at Headingley Stadium at 5pm. Fans can also choose to be picked up en-route from the Old Yorkshire Evening Post Clock Tower near Leeds City Centre. The coach will pick up from the bus stop on the slip road between Wellington Street and Wellington Road (A58). Please ensure you are present at your departure point at least 10 minutes before the departure time stated on your travel ticket. Please state where you would like to depart from when booking travel. 

Coach Travel Price: £18 per person

How To Buy Tickets and travel can be purchased in the following ways:

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