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Leeds Rhinos set for biggest Super League attendance in 15 years at Headingley

Leeds Rhinos play in Super League at Headingley.

Leeds Rhinos are set to smash their recent attendances out of the park, as they’re set to sell-out their game against Leigh Leopards this Friday.

The Rhinos, being one of Super League’s biggest clubs, have always had good support, and they’ve had, arguably, the most consistent support of any club this season, usually getting close to 15,000 fans at Headingley Stadium.

However, they’re set to have an even higher number of fans in attendance this week, on what is a special occasion for not just the club, but rugby league as a whole.

Leeds v Leigh falls on MND Awareness day, and as a result, the game is dedicated as the ‘MND Awareness Game’, with the club long-time supporters of the cause since club legend Rob Burrow was diagnosed with the disease.

It will have an extra dimension of emotion this week, though, as at the start of this month, he passed away aged 41. As such, the Rhinos say: “The match will mark the club’s celebration of the life of legendary player Rob Burrow CBE, who passed away on 2nd June 2024″.

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A special Leeds Rhinos crowd

Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos enter the field before the Jamie Jones-Buchanan testimonial game with a huge crowd

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The club, early on Monday, communicated that there were fewer than 50 seats left in the stadium, and fewer than 500 places available in the South Stand terrace, with it heading towards a ‘capacity crowd’ of almost 20,000.

It’s a remarkable number of fans marking the occasion with their support, and it’s likely that supporters of sides across the country will be in attendance to pay tribute to a very special man.

With it expected to be around 19,700 fans in the ground for the fixture, it’s likely to be the highest attendance at Headingley Rugby Stadium since 2009, where 19,997 packed in to see the Rhinos defeat St Helens 18-10 in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Rob Burrow was in the line-up that day for the Rhinos, wearing number sevn.

Rob Burrow thumbs up at Headingley in Leeds Rhinos kit.

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Then, they’d won nine of their previous ten games, and went on to win every game for the rest of the year, winning the Grand Final against St Helens at Old Trafford – again winning 18-10.

This is in sharp contrast to the situation now, as they’ve just lost to struggling Hull FC, who picked up only their second win of the season, and their first by more than two points.

This also marks an impressive moment for the away side this week, as Leigh Leopards were backed by 1,800 fans in Perpignan at the weekend, making this the second week in a row they’ve been involved in a game with huge numnbers.

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