Rhinos face Bulls in JJB testimonial clash

Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls will renew their rivalry after Jamie Jones-Buchanan was granted a three-month testimonial.

The Rugby Football League have handed the three-month testimonial to the Rhinos legend from November until January for services to the game.

The Leeds born player, who made his Leeds in 1999, made 421 appearances and won a number of honours including seven Super League titles, one Challenge Cup, three World Club Challenges and three League Leaders titles.

The second-rower, who retired at the end of last season, made eleven appearances for England and one for Great Britain.

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His testimonial will see the Rhinos take on fierce rivals Bradford Bulls on Sunday, January 12, as well as a special JJB Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 10 2019.

Speaking about being awarded a testimonial, Jones-Buchanan told the club website: “It has been an honour play this great sport for over 20 years and to represent my home-town club and my country.

“I am hugely grateful to the RFL for granting me this testimonial and I would like to thank Gary Hetherington, Paul Caddick, all the directors of Leeds Rhinos and the people of Leeds who have supported me throughout my career.

“The games against Bradford were always some of my favourites and I hope that incredible derby atmosphere returns to Emerald Headingley for this fixture.  It will be a great occasion and an opportunity for me to thank our loyal fans who have been amazing during my time at the Rhinos.”