Tuesday 14 January

Following the Leeds Rhinos media day, Richard Agar has confirmed that off season recruit Kruise Leeming will miss the start of the season after being sidelined with a knee problem. “We got him re-scanned and, unfortunately, it showed a little bit of something else in there so we are looking at a four-six weeks recovery for Kruise. He will certainly miss the first two or three rounds. It’s upsetting, frustrating, disappointing, but we’ve got to get him right,” he said to The Yorkshire Post’s Peter Smith.

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Kenny Edwards says his life off the field is in the best state it has ever been since he made the decision to give up alcohol nine months ago after struggling with drink since the age of 12 back in his native New Zealand. He told The Mirror’s Julie Stott: “I had to take a long hard look at myself. It was hard to break that chain at first but it has been the best decision of my life. I just wish I’d done it 10 years ago. I was an alcoholic and partying when I was 12 but the sad thing is it’s not uncommon in New Zealand.”

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James Roby admits he is aiming to be back fit to take on Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge a few weeks into the season after having secondary groin surgery before Christmas. “I struggled all year really with the groin injury, I think it affected my performances. I had surgery but it didn’t really help. I had further surgery and now it actually feels like it’s done the job. What a great opportunity it is for us to call ourselves world champions and, for me as captain I’d love nothing more than to get back for that game,” he said to St Helens Star.

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Chris Clarkson believes his decision to make the move from Castleford to York is an exciting one and in no way a step down as he remains confident his club can contend for promotion in the Championship. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Pete Smith: “I definitely don’t feel like I have taken a step backwards. Watching York from afar last year, it was an appealing club to come to. I always said if I had to make the drop to the Championship I’d like to go to York. I go there with the family for days out, it is a lovely city full of lovely people and if we can get rugby league out there in York, that is great.”

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Wakefield coach Chris Chester has sent his well wishes to Hull KR’s Mose Masoe above all else after the prop suffered a serious spinal injury in Trinity’s pre-season friendly against Hull KR last Sunday. “It is terrible, it puts everything into perspective when things like that happen. We don’t want to see people getting seriously injured in our game. We wish him all the best and hopefully he makes a full recovery,” he said to Yorkshire Evening Post.

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