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Leeds Rhinos have awarded academy graduate Max Simpson a four-year professional contract.

The 17-year-old centre has been drafted into the Rhinos Super League squad for next season.
 

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Leeds Rhinos prop Tom Holroyd has signed a new four-year deal to remain with the Super League side until the end of the 2025 season.

The 20-year-old has made 29 appearances for the club since 2018 and gone on to play for England Knights.
 

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Harry Newman has agreed a new three-year contract with Leeds Rhinos, keeping him at Headingley until 2024.

The 21-year-old centre, who suffered a double leg fracture last term, pondered a switch to rugby union or the NRL.

He was called up to England's squad for October's match against France but withdrew with a leg injury.
 

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Leeds Rhinos will play all their 2022 Women's Super League matches at Headingley, with some fixtures scheduled to be double headers with the club's men's Super League games.

The move is part of a plan to continue the development of the women's team, with extra investment and support.

The squad will also share the Rhinos' Kirkstall training ground.
 

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Head coach Richard Agar is quietly excited by the promise within his Leeds Rhinos side for 2022, going into their Super League opener against Warrington.

Rhinos kick-off their season at home to the Wire on Saturday, the first match shown on terrestrial TV by Channel 4.
 

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Leeds Rhinos centre Harry Newman has been ruled out for 12 weeks after undergoing hamstring surgery.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury on 3 March, his only appearance this season.
 

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Betfred Super League
Leeds (12) 20
Tries: Sutcliffe, Martin, Gannon Goals: Martin 4
Huddersfield (4) 20
Tries: McGillvary, Leutele, Yates, Senior Goals: Lolohea 2

Huddersfield Giants produced a stunning comeback to draw at lowly Leeds Rhinos.

Jermaine McGillvary gave the Giants the lead before Liam Sutcliffe and Rhyse Martin touched down for the hosts.

Ricky Leutele brought the visitors within four but Morgan Gannon's converted try helped Leeds re-establish a 10-point lead.

That looked to be it but Luke Yates and Innes Senior scored in the final two minutes to improbably send the game to golden point extra-time.


Neither side could find what would have been a match-winning drop-goal, meaning that, for the first time this season, a Super League match ended in a tie.
 

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Incoming Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith says he does not intend to bring his uncle Tony Smith on to his coaching staff.
 

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Betfred Super League
Leeds (12) 25
Tries: Dwyer 2, Donaldson, Briscoe Goals: Martin 4 Drop-goal: Leeming
Toulouse (6) 14
Tries: Marcon, Russell, Vaivai Goal: Gigot

Leeds Rhinos won for only the second time in Super League this season as they outscored Toulouse four tries to three in the battle of the bottom two.

Brad Dwyer scored two of their tries, while James Donaldson and Tom Briscoe also crossed the whitewash.

Toulouse trailed 12-6 at the break despite a converted try by Paul Marcon.

The promoted French side scored two more tries after the turn-round from Matty Russell and Junior Vaivai - but it was not enough.

And they are now the only side in Super League with only a single victory to their name this campaign.
 

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Leeds Rhinos have re-signed England back and former Man of Steel full-back Zak Hardaker until the end of the season.
 

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Leeds (12) 24
Tries: Bentley 2, Austin, Fusitu'a Goals: Martin 4
Wakefield (6) 6
Try: Whitbread Goal: Lino

James Bentley's try double helped Leeds beat Wakefield at Headingley to give head coach Rohan Smith his first win.

Bentley crossed twice to put Leeds 12-0 up, but was then sin-binned and Wakefield responded through Jai Whitbread to trail 12-6 at half-time.

The visitors improved in a tight second half, but Rhyse Martin's penalty nudged the Rhinos further ahead.

Blake Austin then crossed before David Fusitu'a's last-gasp try capped a third win in four matches for Leeds.

A comfortable third straight victory at Headingley moved the 10th-placed Rhinos closer to mid-table, but Trinity remain just two points above bottom side Toulouse after a sixth straight Super League defeat.
 

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Warrington (4) 4
Try: Ashton
Leeds (20) 40
Tries: Fusitu'a 2, Leeming, Hardaker, Donaldson, Handley 2, Thompson Goals: Martin 4

Leeds Rhinos blew away a disappointing Warrington Wolves to continue their Super League revival under Rohan Smith with a fourth win in five games.

Tries from David Fusitu'a, Kruise Leeming, Zak Hardaker and James Donaldson gave Leeds half-time control, with Matty Ashton's try in reply.

Rhys Martin's goals added to the Rhinos tally, and Ash Handley's score out wide was too easy against a slack defence.

Bodene Thompson, Fusitu'a and Handley tries outlined Leeds' dominance.

This loss puts more pressure on Warrington boss Daryl Powell, who was brought in to rebuild the club but has struggled to implement his overhaul - and they have now lost their last four games.


Home fans who had stayed made their feelings known at the end, and senior players Ben Currie and Mike Cooper both made their way into the stands after the hooter to speak with disgruntled spectators.