9
DOB
04/10/2022
Birth Place
Pontefract
Position
Hooker
Height
157.5cm
Heritage Number
32

BIOGRAPHY

Debut: Vs Wigan Warriors 12/05/2019

Honours –

Grand Final: Winner 2019

Challenge Cup: Winner 2019

Awarded the number nine shirt for the 2021 season, Keara Bennett was one of a number of Rhinos players that has come through the Academy to debut for the Women’s first team in recent years.

Bennett was promoted to the first team during the 2019 ‘double’ season as the Rhinos clinched the Women’s Challenge Cup and Grand Final. After impressing on an academy trial, she caught the eye of Adam Cuthbertson and made her first team debut in a 12-4 win over Wigan Warriors in round four of the Women’s Super League. She went on to make most of her thirteen appearances during the season as an impact from the bench.

She played in every game leading up to the Rhinos lifting the Challenge Cup for a second consecutive season, including the Cup Final against Castleford, and on the final day of the league season, she scored her first try for the club against Wigan. The hooker then closed out the season by appearing in both the Play Off semi final win over St Helens and also the Grand Final win over Castleford. Featuring in both Finals is her most memorable rugby moment to date.

After the Betfred Women’s Super League was suspended due to Covid in 2020, for the following year Bennett came back into the action in round six against local rivals Bradford Bulls before making back to back starts against Warrington Wolves (where she scored her first try of the season) and Wigan.

Inspired to play rugby league after watching Castleford Tigers with her dad when she was younger and watching her brother play and always wanting to join in, Bennett started her junior rugby at Brotherton Bulldogs, where she received coaching from her mentor and head coach Lois Forsell thanks to the work of Leeds Rhinos Foundation, and then moved to Featherstone Lionesses.

The hooker and half back said that her dad was one of her biggest rugby influences growing up as he was one of her first coaches and has taught Keara most of what she know about the game. He always constructively criticises her after games to help her get better.

Bennett also found rugby success at school too. A former student at Castleford Academy, she was part of a squad that won the Yorkshire and National Finals four and five times. Besides rugby league, she has also played everything in high school, but played cricket and rugby union. She completed her A-Levels at Pontefract New College, studying PE, Biology and Health and Social, and is going to university to study sport and exercise science.

For any girl wanting to get involved in sport, Bennett said that she has met some her best friends through playing rugby and it gives you a sense of belonging being part of a team.

 

SeasonAppearancesATriesTRGoalsGDrop GoalsDGYellow CardsYCRed CardsRCPointsPTS
2021Super League 7200008
10 Oct 15:00St Helens Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
26 Sep 15:30Leeds Rhinos Women VS York City Knights Ladies000000
12 Sep 15:00Leeds Rhinos Women VS Wigan Warriors Women000000
21 Aug 16:15Castleford Tigers Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women100004
04 Jul 12:00Leeds Rhinos Women VS Warrington Wolves100004
11 Jul 15:30Wigan Warriors Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
20 Jun 12:00Bradford Bulls Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
Total7200008
SeasonAppearancesATriesTRGoalsGDrop GoalsDGYellow CardsYCRed CardsRCPointsPTS
2019Super League 9100004
11 Oct 19:30Castleford Tigers Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
06 Oct 13:00St Helens Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
11 Aug 13:00Leeds Rhinos Women VS Featherstone Rovers Women000000
29 Sep 14:00Leeds Rhinos Women VS Wigan Warriors Women100004
17 Aug 13:00Leeds Rhinos Women VS Castleford Tigers Women000000
04 Aug 13:00Leeds Rhinos Women VS York City Knights Ladies000000
21 Jul 12:30Leeds Rhinos Women VS St Helens Women000000
30 Jun 12:30Bradford Bulls Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
12 May 13:00Wigan Warriors Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
2019Challenge Cup 4000000
27 Jul 11:15Leeds Rhinos Women VS Castleford Tigers Women000000
07 Jul 12:30St Helens Women VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
23 Jun 12:00Leeds Rhinos Women VS Warrington Wolves000000
26 May 12:00York City Knights Ladies VS Leeds Rhinos Women000000
Total13100004
AppearancesATriesTRGoalsGDrop GoalsDGYellow CardsYCRed CardsRCPointsPTS
Total203000012