They played for both: Wakefield Trinity
Two Yorkshire rivals collide at Headingley Stadium on Friday night as Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity go head to head in round 13 of the Betfred Super League, kick off 8pm.
Ahead of the game, take a look back at four players who have worn both Leeds and Trinity shirts in the Super League era.
Ali Lauitiiti is one of the most exciting overseas players to have played for Leeds in the club’s history.
The forward joined the Rhinos in May 2004 from NRL side New Zealand Warriors and made his debut against Salford at Headingley. He finished his debut season with 19 appearances and a Grand Final winners ring. He added a World Club title to his collection a year later when the Rhinos beat Canterbury Bulldogs at Elland Road, plus he was also an integral player as Leeds recorded three consecutive Grand Final titles between 2007 and 2009.
He marked his 200th and final game for Leeds with more glory at Old Trafford in 2011, as the Rhinos made history by lifting the Grand Final trophy from fifth place, before he left the club to joined Wakefield, where he went on to make 77 Super League appearances.
Lee Smith came into the Leeds first team in 2005 after coming through the club’s Academy system. Two years later, he was a Grand Final champion as he scored a try in the 33-6 win over St Helens. He added a World Club title and third Grand Final titles to his name along with a Harry Sunderland award in the 2008 Grand Final before announcing a move to Rugby Union side Wasps in 2009.
He was soon back in the blue and amber midway through the 2010 season and the following year scored six tries in seventeen appearances as Leeds were crowned Champions again in 2011. Following the 2012 campaign, he transferred to Wakefield, where his best season came in 2013 when he finished as Trinity’s top points scorer with 174 points. Despite another spell in Rugby Union, this time with Newcastle, he returned back to the 13-player code for a final year with Wakefield in 2015 and back to Rugby Union with Yorkshire Carnegie in 2019.
Forward Jordan Baldwinson made his Rhinos debut against Widnes in 2013 as the club looked to bring through the next generation of players. He made two appearances before spending the next two years out on dual registration in the Betfred Championship, but he returned to the club in 2016.
His standout year came in 2017, when he ran out 12 times, five in the starting line up, and scored one try to help Leeds on their way to lifting the Grand Final Trophy. He transferred to Wakefield for the following season but only managed four appearances from the bench.
Mike Forshaw joined Wakefield for the 1993-94 season following a four year spell at Wigan. Over two years, he amassed 44 appearances for the club before Leeds came calling in 1995-96. The forward made five appearances in his first campaign, before the sport transitioned into the Super League era in 1996. That year was his final in blue and amber, after 18 more appearances before moving to derby rivals Bradford, where he won two Grand Finals in 2001 and 2003.
There’s plenty going on this Friday night when the Rhinos take on Wakefield Trinity at Headingley!
First up, Leeds Rhinos Women play their first Betfred Women’s Super League game of the season against Huddersfield Giants Women, kick off 5.45pm
Plus to celebrate the Rugby League World Cup coming to Headingley later in the year, we’re pulling out the carnival vibes with a samba band and steel drum band. There will also be an opportunity for photos will all three World Cup trophies.
Get your tickets now for only £24 for adults and £12 for juniors but be aware that prices increase by £3 from midnight. Plus if you’re a member, you can buy two tickets for just £2.21.
To buy online, go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0371 423 1315 (opening hours: Monday-Friday).