Grand Final heroes bring festive joy to children’s ward

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Members of the Leeds Rhinos squad that won the Super League Grand Final delivered some Christmas cheer to the children’s wards at Leeds General Infirmary yesterday.

Grand Final man of the match Rob Burrow, teammates Zak Hardaker, Kylie Leuluai, Chris Clarkson and Ian Kirke, and new signings Darrell Griffin, Luke Briscoe and Richard Moore distributed teddy bears and Rhinos merchandise donated by the Leeds Rugby Foundation. The Super League trophy was also on display.

Moore’s son received treatment at the hospital earlier this year and Crusaders, his former club, donated a flatscreen television and a Wii games console for him to pass on to the ward as a thank you.

Moore said: “The staff on the children’s wards do a fantastic job both for the children and their families and this was just a small token of our appreciation for everything they did for us.”

Burrow, who won his fifth Grand Final with the Rhinos this year, added: “Our annual Christmas trip to the Childrens Wards are one of the highlights of the year for the players. It is great to meet the kids and have the chance to put a smile on their face at a tough time for them and their families. I’m glad we could bring the Super League trophy with us this year and that everyone had a great time.”