Rhinos homeless after Leeds floods


Super League Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos have been dealt a major blow in the build-up to the 2016 season after their training ground flooded over the weekend.

Leeds, like many towns and cities in northern England, was hit by floods on Saturday and the Rhinos' complex in Kirkstall found itself under water.

With the water having subsided the club has been able to assess the full extent of the damage, and chief executive Gary Hetherington expects the facility to be out of action for some time.

"We've lost Kirkstall to flooding, so both Rhinos and [rugby union side Leeds] Carnegie are homeless," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"It is catastrophic for all the rugby operation, the medical side, coaching, development and the foundation.

"We have had flooding before, but never to this extent.

"Our 3G all-weather pitch is ruined and two other pitches at the front of Kirkstall [the training base] were completely covered.

"It [the club's building on the site] was under six feet of water - so that covered the gym, re-hab facilities, wrestle room, meeting room and changing facilities.

He added: "We will have to find new training venues, which we will be able to do at different locations around the city.

"But we've lost a lot of equipment which was based at Kirkstall and the 3G pitch was run by the Foundation and used by various organisations, including schools, so it's a blow for the community."

The Rhinos begin the 2016 Super League campaign on February 4 against Warrington Wolves at Headingley.