Speedy winger Mackenzie Turner is one of nine outside backs in the Under-19s squad in 2021.
Inspired to play rugby after watching the Rhinos with his grandad, Turner joined local side Stanningley and went on to win the Yorkshire Cup in 2017, being named man of the match. He was soon signed for Leeds’ scholarship system and wowed the coaches with his speed, footwork and ability to go past defenders with ease. He scored some spectacular tries in 2019, including one against Newcastle Thunder that won Scholarship Try of the Year.
In his first year with the Academy, he played just one game against Newcastle before the season was suspended due to the Covid pandemic. He worked hard over the time at home and was one of the players that impressed the academy staff with the shape he came back to training in.