They played for both: St Helens
The reigning Grand Final champions St Helens take on the Rhinos in one of Super League’s highlight fixtures at Headingley Stadium on Friday night. Both sides come into this round seven match off the back of defeats; St Helens notably losing their first game of the campaign last time out against Toulouse. Tickets are available now. Go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0371 423 1315.
Ahead of the game, take a look back at four players who have worn both Leeds and St Helens shirts in the Super League era.
Cumbrian prop forward Kyle Amor signed for the Rhinos in 2009 from Whitehaven. Throughout the domestic season, he featured three times off the bench for Brian McLennan, including the 24-4 away trip to Wigan. He left Leeds to join Wakefield before St Helens signed him in 2013. Over nine years, he has formed a formidable partnership with front rower Alex Walmsley as the club lifted the Grand Final trophy in 2014, 2019, 2020 and 2021. This season, he has only made two league appearances.
Scottish international front rower Wayne McDonald switched the black and white of Hull FC to the red and white of St Helens for the 2001 season. Under Ian Millward, the prop made 20 appearances in his sole season at the club, scoring five tries, before signing for the Rhinos a year later.
A bench player to start off with, McDonald soon earned promotion into the Rhinos’ starting squad. 2003 and 2004 were his best season in blue and amber as he was a regular in the squad, plus he featured in the 2003 Challenge Cup Final. Despite starting 2005 as a Rhino, McDonald left for Wigan midway through the season.
Centre and fan favourite Konrad Hurrell was a steal from the NRL in 2019. After seven seasons with New Zealand Warriors and Gold Coast Titans, the Tongan international sealed his move to Super League to play in blue and amber.
He instantly clicked with Ash Handley and the duo finished as Leeds’ top tryscorers in Hurrell’s debut season. A year later, he helped Leeds lift the Challenge Cup before rounding off his time at Headingley in 2021 after playing 52 times in Super League for the club and scoring 23 tries. For 2022, he joined his national team coach, Kristian Woolf, at St Helens.
New Zealand back rower George Mann started his English rugby league career at St Helens in 1989, playing for four years in white and red. He made consistent starting appearances in his first two seasons with the club and in 1990-91, he helped Saints to the Challenge Cup final. Leeds secured his signature at the start the 1994-94 season and he went on to play two seasons at Headingley, making over 60 appearances. Mann started the new Super League era as a Rhino but after the club finished tenth in the league, he departed.
For the Rhinos’ headline clash with St Helens on Friday 1st April, the club are putting members front and centre of the match day with a special members celebration.
Throughout the match day, the Rhinos will be saying thank you for to the fans for their support with special discounts will be available for all members who show their passes around the ground, plus there will also be the ultimate members raffle at half time which includes big prizes such as the first 2023 Season Membership, £100 retail voucher, Dacia Magic Weekend tickets and tickets to the 2022 Grand Final.
Plus, fans will be able to check out the newly installed Members’ Wall which will feature all the names of the club’s 2022 members.
Tickets are available to buy now. To buy online, go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0371 423 1315 (opening hours: Monday-Friday)