Leeds Rhinos have this evening confirmed that one of the best wingers to ever grace Super League, Ryan Hall, has suffered an ACL injury which has ended his season early. The injury, suffered in Saturday’s victory over Toulouse, means, given that the 30-year-old is NRL bound for 2019, he has played his last game for his boyhood club.
With 233 tries in 330 appearances for the Headlingley club, Hall departs as a fan favourite and club icon and stands fifth on the club’s all-time list of try scorers. Winning every piece of silverware he possibly could during his time with the Rhinos. Perhaps, though, he will be remembered most for scoring the last-second try against Huddersfield Giants in 2015 to secure the League Leaders’ Shield for the Rhinos en route to the club completing a historic treble. He departs the club with six Super League Grand Final wins and two World Club Challenges, Challenge Cups and League Leaders’ Shields apiece.
On the news of the latest injury in an injury-hit season for the club, Leeds’ Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield expressed his disappointment for Hall. “This is desperately disappointing news for Ryan first and foremost. He has been a big player for the squad this season and I know how much he wanted to help the side during our Qualifiers campaign to make sure he finished his time at the club on the best possible note. He is a complete professional, who looks after himself, and I am sure he will fully recover from this set back. Our medical team will be in touch with the Roosters to ensure Ryan has the best possible support to get back to playing as soon as possible. In the meantime, Ryan knows he has the backing of everyone here at the Rhinos.”
The Rhinos kicked off their campaign in The Qualifiers with a home victory over Toulouse and travel to London Broncos, themselves opening round winners, for their second match on Saturday. It is likely that Luke Briscoe, currently on loan with the club from Featherstone Rovers, will take Hall’s place in the starting thirteen.