Injury nightmare inspired Donaldson to dream finish

Leeds Rhinos star James Donaldson revealed that his broken back injury suffered in mid-season made victory at Wembley all the sweeter for him.

Donaldson broke a bone in his back in the first game back after lockdown and he told us how all he wanted to do as he was stretchered off the field was to give a thumbs up for his family in Cumbria watching on TV to let them know he was okay. James’ older brother Craig was paralysed in a farming accident a number of years ago and with games behind closed doors since lockdown he knew his parents would be worried and over a hundred miles away.