Leeds Rhinos returned to action in the Betfred Super League in March and made a winning start to the campaign against local rivals Wakefield Trinity.
After a challenging 12 months for the sport due to Covid-19 restrictions, Leeds once again were forced to play their opening game of the 2021 season behind closed doors at Emerald Headingley but Richard Agar’s team made a positive start to the new season with a 28-22 win.
In 2020, the competition was put on hold for four months during lockdown, before the competition resumed in August and for over a year the team have played without crowds. With restrictions now easing the club are hoping to be able to once again welcome supporters back into their newly redeveloped stadium in the near future.
The 2020 Challenge Cup winners have promoted a number of young players from their successful Academy for the new season and have also made some exciting new additions in the off season – New Zealand international Zane Tetevano joined the club from Penrith Panthers, Fijian international forward King Vuniyayawa is a new recruit, coming in on a one-year deal, and England dual code international Kyle Eastmond completed the squad – making his much anticipated return to Rugby League.