Leeds Rhino’s were dealt a major blow in the attempt to keep Super league status with the news that star wingman Ryan Hall has played his last game for the Rhino’s after leaving their win over Toulouse with a serious knee injury.
The 30 year old England International recently announced he would be ending his time at Headingly after signing a two year deal with NRL side Sydney Roosters for 2019/20, ending a ten year association with the west Yorkshire side that has seen him notch up 233 tries in 330 games for the club. He has also been a major reason that Leeds Rhino’s have been such a nominate force in the UK over that period as he takes away six grand final wins and two Challenge cup wins to his name, he was also a member of the side that took the treble only three season’s ago.
The news that he suffered anterior Cruciate Ligament damage also means he will unable to continue his fantastic record at international level which see’s the hulking winger average nearly a try a game as he will sit out the Three test series against New Zealand at the end of the year.
After releasing the devastating news to the Leeds fans, their recently appointed Director of Rugby and former team mate of Hall, Kevin Sinfield told the clubs website;
“This is desperately disappointing news for Ryan first and foremost, he has been a big player for the squad this season and I know how much he wanted to help the side during our Qualifiers campaign to make sure he finished his time at the club on the best possible note.
“Our medical team will be in touch with the Roosters to ensure Ryan has the best possible support to get back to playing as soon as possible.”
On a more positive note the club have announced the immediate return of former Castleford youngster Callum McLelland on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Rugby Union.
The 18 year old had switched to Rugby Union last November signing a contract with Scotland RU and being based in Edinburgh.