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Rhinos Year in Review - October
Posted by southstander on January 23 2006 - 09:18:32

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The season was reaching its cresceno as the Rhinos hurtled into October with a chance of picking up the Superleague crown for the second consecutive season.

All that stood in the way was last years beaten opposition, the Bradford Bulls, and a pair of ex-Rhinos leading their charge in Adrian Morley and Iestyn Harris.

Here is what October 2005 brought.


The Under 18's qualify for their Grand Final with a 28-16 victory away at Widnes Vikings, Mike Ratu with two tries and a man of the match performance from Kyle Briggs.....The Rhinos hold the first Academy Awards night in the Premier Suite at Headingley, Danny Williams named Shooting Star. Chris Buttery was named 21's player of the year while Jordan Tansey got the Players Player.

Luke Gale getting the 18's Players Player and Michael Haley named Player of the Year.....Ashley Gibson named Under 21's player of the year.....Bradford defeat St Helens to set up repeat of 2004 Grand Final.....

Under 18's lose their Grand Final 33-22 to Wigan at Headingley.....Castleford promoted to engage Super League.....Tony Smith named coach of the season.....Keith Senior ruled out of Grand Final.....New Zealand sensationally defeat Australia in Sydney in Gillette Tri-Nations opener.....Rhinos lose engage Super League Grand Final 15-6 to Bradford Bulls at Old Trafford. Danny McGuire getting the Rhinos only try.....Francis Cummins announces retirement from playing.....Kevin Sinfield, Keith Senior, Gareth Ellis, Chev Walker and Rob Burrow called up by Great Britain for Tri-Nations.....Richie Mathers, Mark Calderwood, Danny Ward and Jamie-Jones Buchanan called up for England squad.....

Australia defeat New Zealand in Tri-Nations return in Auckland.....England defeat France 22-12 at Headingley in front of less than 3,000 spectators.....Paul King linked with move to Leeds.....New coaching appointments announced with Graeme Hallas taking over the Under 21's, Jason Davidson to replace departed conditioner Steve Walsh, Barrie McDermott in charge of the Under 16's.....

Stuart Wilkinson named Head of Youth Performance and John Bastian give full time role and Francis Cummins given varied coaching role.....New Zealand dispose of Great Britain 42-26 at Loftus Road, Keith Senior scoring a try on his return from injury.



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