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Leigh Centurions v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 17th February, kick off 8pm

Leeds Rhinos face Betfred Super League new boys Leigh Centurions in round two of the new season for the first ever league meeting between the sides at the Leigh Sports Village.

The Rhinos travelled there in 2012 in the Challenge Cup to earn a 24-6 win to progress to the semi final. The last league clash in Leigh was in 2005 when the Rhinos travelled to Hilton Park twice in the Centurions ill fated only Super League campaign so far. Leeds ran out 60-4 winners in the first meeting in front of 5,000 fans before a massive 74-0 win later in the same season. 

Of course the two teams met in last year's Super 8s Qualifiers at Headingley Carnegie with the Rhinos winning 37-12 to claim the Bev Risman Trophy, which will be contested once again this season with an aggregate score over the two games in the league. 

The trophy was kindly being donated by Sky Sports and Bev and his wife Ann were special guests at the match last season to present the trophy to Jamie Jones-Buchanan, as the winning captain on the night.

Bev Risman was a distinguished dual code international who won nine England RU caps and toured Australia and New Zealand in 1959 with the British Lions. 

The son of Salford and Workington Town great Gus Risman, an inaugural member of the Rugby League Hall of Fame, Bev was educated at Cockermouth GS, Manchester University and Loughborough Colleges and had a wealth of natural ability as a sportsman. As a rugby player he could play with distinction in any back position.

He signed professional forms with Leigh in March 1961 and went on to make 140 appearances for the club, scoring 31 tries and kicking 241 goals and captaining the side. He was also a schoolmaster at Leigh GS.

Early in 1966 he was transferred to Leeds and went on to enjoy a golden end to his playing career, making 164 appearances and scoring 20 tries and kicking 611 goals for the club before retiring at the end of the 1969-70 season.  He became a schoolmaster at Leeds GS.

Whilst at Leeds he followed in the footsteps of his father and won five Great Britain caps, representing his country in the 1968 World Cup.  He also played a pivotal role in Leeds' dramatic victory in the famous 1968 'Watersplash' Challenge Cup Final against Wakefield Trinity. 

Bev's younger brother John also had a long professional career and his son John won three Oxford Blues in Varsity Rugby in the 1980s.

Later a lecturer at Reading University, a sports and fitness consultant to the Lawn Tennis Association and a highly regarded regional Rugby League coach, Bev played a key role in the establishment of Rugby League in London following the formation of Fulham in 1980. He also coached Fulham between July 1987 and October 1988.

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Leeds Rhinos face Betfred Super League new boys Leigh Centurions in round two of the new season for the first ever league meeting between the sides at the Leigh Sports Village.

The Rhinos travelled there in 2012 in the Challenge Cup to earn a 24-6 win to progress to the semi final. The last league clash in Leigh was in 2005 when the Rhinos travelled to Hilton Park twice in the Centurions ill fated only Super League campaign so far. Leeds ran out 60-4 winners in the first meeting in front of 5,000 fans before a massive 74-0 win later in the same season. 

Of course the two teams met in last year's Super 8s Qualifiers at Headingley Carnegie with the Rhinos winning 37-12 to claim the Bev Risman Trophy, which will be contested once again this season with an aggregate score over the two games in the league. 

The trophy was kindly being donated by Sky Sports and Bev and his wife Ann were special guests at the match last season to present the trophy to Jamie Jones-Buchanan, as the winning captain on the night.

Bev Risman was a distinguished dual code international who won nine England RU caps and toured Australia and New Zealand in 1959 with the British Lions. 

The son of Salford and Workington Town great Gus Risman, an inaugural member of the Rugby League Hall of Fame, Bev was educated at Cockermouth GS, Manchester University and Loughborough Colleges and had a wealth of natural ability as a sportsman. As a rugby player he could play with distinction in any back position.

He signed professional forms with Leigh in March 1961 and went on to make 140 appearances for the club, scoring 31 tries and kicking 241 goals and captaining the side. He was also a schoolmaster at Leigh GS.

Early in 1966 he was transferred to Leeds and went on to enjoy a golden end to his playing career, making 164 appearances and scoring 20 tries and kicking 611 goals for the club before retiring at the end of the 1969-70 season.  He became a schoolmaster at Leeds GS.

Whilst at Leeds he followed in the footsteps of his father and won five Great Britain caps, representing his country in the 1968 World Cup.  He also played a pivotal role in Leeds' dramatic victory in the famous 1968 'Watersplash' Challenge Cup Final against Wakefield Trinity. 

Bev's younger brother John also had a long professional career and his son John won three Oxford Blues in Varsity Rugby in the 1980s.

Later a lecturer at Reading University, a sports and fitness consultant to the Lawn Tennis Association and a highly regarded regional Rugby League coach, Bev played a key role in the establishment of Rugby League in London following the formation of Fulham in 1980. He also coached Fulham between July 1987 and October 1988.

Tickets and travel will be on sale soon at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets