LEEDS Rhinos’ signing Adam Cuthbertson ignored the effects of jet-lag to accept an invitation to attend the 150th celebrations of rugby in Leeds at the Minster.
The Australian prop, secured from NRL side Newcastle Knights on a four-year deal, arrived in the country on Friday. Yesterday was his first official training session.
“It’s been a bit of a blur trying to get everything sorted all at once and we’ve not really settled in yet and are still looking for a place,” said Cuthbertson.
“We’re taking it all as it comes, though, and the people are great.
“I wasn’t supposed to do too much Saturday, but got invited along to the 150th celebrations of rugby in Leeds at the Minster and that was all very interesting.
“It was a bit of an eye-opener, if I’m honest, to the whole culture of things here. I got to speak to some legends of the game and got a taste of just how big rugby is here in the city. I’m really glad I went along and it was amazing to hear some of the stories and listen to what rugby means to the people here.”
The 29-year-old’s arrival offsets the loss of ex-Great Britain prop Ryan Bailey (Hull KR) and fellow front-row Ian Kirke (Wakefield Trinity).
Cuthbertson is not a complete stranger to Yorkshire having played in the Manly side that defeated Leeds in the 2009 World Club Challenge at Elland Road.