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Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

He won eight Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups in 17 years with the Super League side.

Burrow, 37, who also won 15 caps for England, retired in 2017 and is now the club's reserve team head coach.
 

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A fund to support a former rugby league star who has motor neurone disease (MND) has raised more than £100,000. Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow, 37, won eight Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups in 17 years with the Super League side.

By Friday evening, more than 5,000 donors have given to an online appeal launched on Thursday by the Leeds Rugby Foundation.

The money will support his treatment and his wife and three young children.

Leeds Rhinos thanked "everyone who has shown their love and support" for Burrow.

Burrow is the club's reserve team coach, having led the Rhinos Academy team for the past two seasons.

He retired from playing at the end of the 2017 season having been capped 15 times by England and playing five Tests for Great Britain.
 

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Leeds Rhinos half-back Luke Gale came through Boxing Day's friendly with Wakefield Trinity unscathed, on his first appearance since recovering from a long-term Achilles rupture.

The Rhinos were comfortable winners of the annual festive friendly, beating Trinity 30-4 at Headingly.

It was the first run out for the England international, 31, since October 2018 after a long lay-off.
 

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Leeds Rhinos have appointed Jamie Jones-Buchanan as assistant coach.

The 38-year-old forward retired from playing at the end of 2019 after 21 seasons with the Headingley side.

He made 421 appearances for the Rhinos and won seven Grand Finals, one Challenge Cup and three World Club Challenges.
 

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Rhinos will be without at least three senior players when their season begins next month.

Winger Tom Briscoe was already set to miss the round-one clash with Hull on Sunday, February 2, after undergoing a knee reconstruction last year.

Now new signing Kruise Leeming and centre/second-row Alex Sutcliffe have also been ruled out.
 

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Dragons pocket rocket Jai Field on Leeds radar. One of the game's fastest little men, Field can play fullback, five-eighth and halfback, and at 22, has yet to reach his full potential.

He can only come back a better player.
 

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Leeds Rhinos (20) 52
Tries: Newman 2, Smith 2, Walker, Handley, Hurrell, Donaldson, Myler Goals: Gale 8
Hull KR (4) 10
Tries: Minikin, Abdull Goal: Brierley

Leeds Rhinos scored nine tries to thrash Hull KR 52-10 at Headingley.

Rhinos looked fresh following the postponement of their round-two game at Huddersfield and raced clear with two Harry Newman tries and a Cameron Smith score, replied to by Greg Minikin.

Leeds pushed on after the break as Jack Walker, Ash Handley, Smith, Konrad Hurrell, James Donaldson and Richie Myler tries took them beyond 50 points.
Rovers' only second-half score came through Jordan Abdull's converted try.

Richard Agar's side were a totally different proposition to the team heavily beaten at home by Hull FC on the opening weekend of the Super League season, and the Robins simply could not live with their intensity.
 

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Leeds Rhinos (14) 36
Tries: Walker, Myler, Dwyer, Hurrell, Seumanufagai, Handley Goals: Martin 6
Warrington Wolves (0) 0

Leeds Rhinos ran riot with six tries to thrash a listless Warrington side that was kept scoreless at Headingley.

Jack Walker's third try in as many games, two Rhyse Martin penalties and a Richie Myler score put the dominant hosts 14-0 up at the break.

Brad Dwyer finished a scrappy third try for Leeds before Konrad Hurrell crashed over in the corner.

Two tries in two minutes from Ava Seumanufagai and Ash Handley competed the victory to lift Leeds to second.

After starting the season with a heavy 30-4 defeat by Hull at Emerald Headingley, the Rhinos have gone on to win three successive Super League matches and scored 88 points at home along the way after beating Hull KR 52-10 a fortnight earlier.

Warrington, who have failed to win away from home since last July, remain seventh in the table after suffering their third defeat in five games this term.
 

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Leeds Rhinos have signed England forward Joe Greenwood on a two-month loan from Wigan Warriors. The 26-year-old, who joined Wigan from National Rugby League side Gold Coast Titans in June 2018, has not played for Warriors this season.

But he made 21 appearances for the Super League side last term.
 

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Leeds (36) 66
Tries: Dwyer, Myler, Gale 2, Lui 2, Handley, Smith, Oledzki, Cuthbertson, Hurrell Goals: Martin 11
Toronto (6) 12
Tries: McCrone, Wells Goals: O'Brien 2

Leeds produced an 11-try demolition of Toronto to move top of the Super League with their fourth straight victory.

It took just four minutes for Leeds to score through hooker Brad Dwyer before Richie Myler went under the posts.

Dwyer sent Gale over, Robert Lui crossed twice and Ash Handley also touched down all before half-time.

Cameron Smith scored Leeds first try after the break before tries for Mikolaj Oledzki, Gale's second, Adam Cuthbertson and Konrad Hurrell.

It all added up to a miserable night for Toronto head coach Brian McDermott on his first return to Leeds, the club he led to four Super League titles during his eight years in charge at Headingley.

His side's losing run since promotion extended to five matches as their defence had little answer to the lively, varied attack by the home side.

The visitors enjoyed their best period of the match - indeed, their only positive period - in the 10 minutes after half-time where they fronted up much better in defence to keep Leeds out and after forcing a penalty, Josh McCrone created space for Jack Wells to score their second try.

But from the restart, Toronto knocked-on, Cameron Smith powered his way over and the game resumed the pattern of the opening 40.

It was during the first half that Leeds scored the pick of their tries. Right on the half-time hooter, a chip up the right wing was splendidly gathered in by Harry Newman and he offloaded for Handley to go over for Leeds' sixth try of the first half.

But the biggest cheer of the night was saved for two minutes from time as Dwyer broke into space and sent Hurrell, the Tonga international who danced live on television after his side's victory over Warrington, galloping under the posts.
 

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Leeds Rhinos forward Joe Greenwood says he was tested for coronavirus, but the results came back negative.