They played for both: Hull FC
Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers marcus bai Pic by Gordon Clayton Copyright of Varley Picture Agency
Ahead of the Saturday’s game against Hull FC, take a look back at four players who have worn both Leeds and Hull FC shirts in the Super League era.
Tom Briscoe has been a long-serving player for both Leeds and Hull FC during his 15 Super League seasons.
Born in Featherstone, he was picked up by Hull’s youth programme and made his first team debut in 2008, aged 19. Under Richard Agar, he was brought off the bench in that year’s Challenge Cup Final, before he then made his international debut a year later.
In 2010 he finished as Hull’s top try scorer with 16 tries but 2011 proved to be his break out year. He was FC’s top try scorer again as he aided the club to the Play Offs and also featured in the Super League Dream Team as one of the competition’s best wingers
In his last season at the club, more Challenge Cup heartbreak came as Briscoe was part of the Hull side that was defeated by Wigan at a wet Wembley Stadium. In all, he made 148 appearances and scored 90 tries.
2014 saw Briscoe write a new chapter in his Rugby League career as he signed for Leeds on a five-year deal, despite having interest from the NRL. He was quick out of the traps, scoring a hat trick in his first game in blue and amber, as he bolstered the Rhinos’ talented back line with 13 tries in his first year. He also broke his Challenge Cup hoodoo as he finally lifted the famous cup in Leeds’ 23-10 win over Castleford Tigers.
More Cup glory followed in 2015 as the Rhinos made history by winning the treble. Again, Briscoe was one of Leeds’ brightest sparks, especially at the national stadium when he broke the record for the most tries scored in the Challenge Cup Final with five against Hull KR. He was also part of the team that lifted the League Leaders’ Shield and Grand Final trophy too.
After struggling through most of 2016 with injury, 2017 saw the winger return to his best as he was almost ever-present for Brian McDermott’s side and scored twice in the Grand Final. He led Leeds in tries the following year, earning himself the Player of the Season award, before he picked up his third Challenge Cup title with a try in 2020.
In January 2022, both Leeds and Hull fans turned out to show their appreciation for Briscoe at his testimonial match. He finished the game with a try and two goals.
Winger Marcus Bai is best known in Super League for the time he spent at Headingley, but few may remember that his career started in black and white.
The Papua New Guinea international joined Hull Sharks in 1997 and played eight games during their promotion year to the first division. Moving back down under for the remainder of the year, he was soon picked up by Melbourne Storm where he became a fan favourite. Over six seasons, he recorded 70 tries in 144 games and also featured in the club’s 1999 Grand Final win over St George Illawarra Dragons and World Club Challenge win over St Helens in 2000.
Leeds pulled off a major coup to sign Bai in 2004 and his debut hat trick against London Broncos at Headingley gave the Rhinos fans a flavour of what was to come over the course of the season. Only Danny McGuire managed to beat Bai’s 26 tries that year, plus he was included in Tony Smith’s side that beat Bradford Bulls in the Grand Final.
2005 proved to be his second and final year at the club as he competed for all four domestic trophies. A try scoring machine, he scored 19 times in 33 games that year, including one try in the Challenge Cup Final defeat to Bradford. Although he also missed out on more Grand Final glory, he did become a World Club champion for the second time as the Rhinos defeated Canterbury at Elland Road.
He ended his playing career in 2006 with a sole season at Bradford.
Gareth Raynor did the opposite to Bai as the outside back started with a short spell at Leeds before making his name at Hull FC.
Coming through the Leeds Academy ranks, he made three substitute appearances over a short spell in 2000, plus he also played a number of games for Leeds Tykes towards the end of the season. Hull FC came calling and Raynor made the move east, where he scored eleven tries in 27 appearances in his first season in 2001. Although his initial deal came to an abrupt end in 2002 when he signed for Rugby Union side Leicester Tigers, the winger returned to the club in 2003.
2005’s Challenge Cup campaign was a highlight as Raynor was a try scorer in the Final against Leeds, plus at the end of the campaign he earned a call up to England’s Tri Nations squad. He was included in the England squad again in 2006 after another strong campaign for the black and whites, but after a further 92 appearances and 42 tries between 2006 and 2009, he was released to join Crusaders for the 2010 season.
Forward Ewan Dowes came through the Rhinos Academy and became the first player to sign a dual code contract with the Rhinos and Leeds Tykes.
The prop made his Super League debut off the bench against Wigan in 2001 and went on to play five times that season, including a starting appearance against future employers Hull in round 15. Over the next year and a half, he made a combined six appearances as a substitute before switching midseason to join the black and whites in 2003.
Over eleven years at Hull, Dowes lifted silverware and became one of the club’s highest appearance makers in Super League history.
He finished the 2003 season with 18 appearances and three tries and a year later, he earned a place in the England squad as he missed just one match during the domestic season. In 2005, he won his first silverware as Hull overcame Dowes’ former club Leeds to win their first Challenge Cup title since 1982.
By the time his contract expired in 2011, he had made 240 appearances for the club.
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