Next Saturday, Leeds Rhinos will host New Zealand in a brilliant spectacle.
The game will act as New Zealand’s warm-up fixture for the World Cup as they look to recapture the magic of 2008 when they won the tournament. However, for Leeds, the game will act as a final farewell to some of the club’s departing stars.
It has been a truly fascinating season for Leeds. It started dreadfully which left Leeds in a relegation battle, but under new boss Rohan Smith they became a brilliant side winning games constantly and making it all the way to the Grand Final.
However, the fairytale ending didn’t come as they lost to St Helens, however they have a chance to end the season on an uplifting note with this spectacular event which will allow Leeds to say goodbye to Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe and Tom Briscoe.
Sutcliffe and Briscoe are two of the few remaining players from the Rhinos’ treble winning side in 2015, and will be joined by another in Adam Cuthbertson.
The prop joined Leeds that season and was an instant hit helping Leeds to a clean sweep of silverware prior to a Grand Final win in 2017 and a Challenge Cup Final triumph in 2020 which was his last game due to injury.
He then spent a season with York and then the latest year with Featherstone. However, his final game will come at Headingley on Saturday in the Blue and Amber with the Rhinos confirming as such this morning whilst also confirming his retirement.
But what next for Cuthbertson, well here’s what he had to say: “I have really enjoyed my time at York and Featherstone at recent years. Having done my masters degree, I enjoyed working on business development at York and then coaching this year with Brian McDermott at Featherstone was great too. I have a passion for coaching and whilst that flame is still burning I want to pursue it although I don’t have any fix up for next year just yet.”
So, coaching next for Cuthbertson. He’s already won four trophies as a coach leading the Rhinos women to the League Leaders’ Shield in 2018, back-to-back Challenge Cups in 2018 and 2019 and their first Grand Final triumph in 2019 as they won the double.
So, could we see Cuthbertson in Super League again as a coach? Time will tell.