Players In Common - Leeds Rhinos

Players In Common - Leeds Rhinos

21st February 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Leeds Rhinos in a huge game in the Betfred Super League at the Halton Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

Denis Betts’ side will be looking to replicate their home performance against Catalans Dragons, and get back to winning ways, following the Derby defeat against Warrington Wolves.

Therefore, take a look at those players that have worn both the Vikings and Rhinos jersey during their career…


Richie Myler

Widnes-born Myler rose through the ranks in the Widnes Development Squad, but would only make two appearances for his boyhood Club. With the Vikings going into administration, Myler made the short move across to formerly named Salford City Reds for the 2008 season. 

In his first season at Salford, Richie scored 25 tries in 32 appearances and helped Shaun McRae’s side to the National League One title, whilst personally winning the Co-Operative Player of the Year award. Richie continued with the Club for a further season, Myler's first in Super League, before signing with Warrington Wolves for the 2010 season for a substantial transfer fee. 

During his time at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Myler would become one of the form halfbacks in the competition, renowned for his support play and running game and his ability to get across the try line, evident in his record of 77 tries in 139 appearances. 

After 6 seasons with the Club, with Challenge Cup and League Leaders honours, Myler left Warrington to sign with the Catalans Dragons in 2016. After two years at the French outfit, Richie returned to England to join Leeds Rhinos for the start of the 2018 season on a three-year deal. 

The half-back has made a solid start to life at Headingley, and played in the Club’s recent World Club Challenge defeat to Melbourne Storm last weekend. 


Anthony Mullally

Local boy Mullally started out his rugby league career with the Vikings, rising through the Club’s Academy system before graduating into the first team squad. Anthony was part of the squad in 2012 as the Vikings returned to Super League after being granted a license, making 10 appearances. 

The forward made 11 appearances in the black and white shirt, before signing a deal across the Pennines with Huddersfield Giants for the 2013 season. His performances for the Giants in the 2013 season was enough to earn himself a place at the World Cup with Ireland, and played in all three games as the Irish were knocked out at the Pool Stage. 

The following two years mixed time for Mullally with his parent Club, Huddersfield, and short-term spells at Bradford Bulls, Batley Bulldogs and Wakefield Trinity. An appearance for Trinity in the 2015 Million Pound Game against Bradford Bulls followed, playing well in a 24-16 win for Wakefield to secure their Betfred Super League status. 

Anthony was on the move after that season, joining Leeds Rhinos on the back of their Treble winning season in 2015. Mullally has become an integral part to the Rhinos pack, often coming off the bench and having huge impacts. His first competitive appearance for Brian McDermott’s side was in the World Club Challenge against the North Queensland Cowboys, before going on to making 18 appearances that season.

2017 proved a fruitful year for Mullally, scoring 7 tries in 34 appearances domestically, as the Rhinos claimed the Super League title. Another World Cup call up beckoned, and was part of the Irish squad that won two of their three games, but were cruelly denied of a place in the knockout rounds. 


Shane Millard

Australian-hooker Millard started out his career in Sydney with the Roosters, before short spells with Western Suburb Magpies and South Sydney Rabbitohs preceded his move to England’s Capital with the Broncos. Shane would spend 3 seasons at the club, including a Challenge Cup final appearance in 1999, a game in which London were beaten by Leeds Rhinos. 

After a short spell back in his native country with St George Illawarra Dragons, Millard signed for Widnes for the 2003 season. Millard made headlines in 2004, when he continued to play on in a game despite a fragment of Castleford’s Dean Ripley’s tooth being embedded his head, emphasising the hookers determination and commitment. 

Following the Vikings’ relegation in 2005, Shane would have short spells at Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors before retiring from the game in 2007 after helping Wigan to a play-off semi final appearance. 


Chris Clarkson

The Leeds-born back-rower was highlighted to be a Super League player from an early age, with representative honours with Yorkshire and England at U17 level. 

His debut for his home town Club came in 2010, in a defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers. Despite making waves as a forward in later years, Clarkson displayed his versatility early in his career, playing on the wing and at centre in that debut season. 

Impressive displays for Clarkson followed, and was rewarded in 2011 with a place in the 17 for the Challenge Cup final against Wigan Warriors. Chris become a mainstay in the Rhinos’ squad, and would go on to make 112 appearances for the Club at the end of the 2014 season, including a Grand Final winners ring to his repertoire. 

2015 saw a change of scenery for him, and a season-long loan to Widnes Vikings. Clarkson was a strong and consistent figure for the Vikings in the back row, and made 25 appearances, scoring 5 tries, as he helped the Club secure Super League status in the Super 8s, the Qualifiers. 

Clarkson was on the move again in 2016, signing a three-year deal to play for Hull Kingston Rovers. In his first year at the Club, Rovers were relegated from Super League, but Chris remained loyal and helped them re-gain promotion to the top flight, incidentally against former club Widnes, in the Qualifiers.

An England Knights representative also during his career, Clarkson is a senior figure in the Rovers squad and will be looking to do the same in 2018. 


Gary Connolly

Known as one of the best backs to ever have worn a Great Britain shirt, Gary Connolly played for both the Vikings and the Rhinos during his latter years in Rugby League.

Born and raised in St Helens, it was known early Connolly possessed great ability, and at just 17 years of age, was making his debut for St Helens in 1988. His second year in rugby league involved a Challenge Cup final appearance, the 29-0 defeat to Wigan. After 133 appearances for St Helens between 1988-1993, Connolly made the switch to local rivals Wigan Warriors in controversial fashion in 1993 after a short spell in Australia with Canterbury Bulldogs.

Connolly would become a great for Wigan, playing at full back as Wigan travelled to Australia and beat Brisbane Broncos in the World Club Challenge. Connolly would rack up a number of honours at Wigan, including the 1998 Grand Final victory and 2002 Challenge Cup victory, before moving to Leeds in 2003. 

The Lance Todd trophy was awarded to Gary in 2003 despite being on the losing side as the Rhinos were beaten 22-20 by Bradford, and was also the full back in the Super League Dream Team to cap a brilliant year. 

Connolly’s final Club was to be the Vikings, making 21 appearances and scoring 4 tries in the 2005 season. Infamously, Connolly made an outstanding tackle on Sid Domic to deny a certain try away at Wakefield which is still talked about today. 

Connolly made 31 appearances for the national side during his career over two decades, and became one of the best centres in his generation.


Other notable names to have represented both Clubs are Ben Cross, Barrie McDermott, Paul McShane, Mike O'Neill, Dave Hulme, Ryan Sheridan, Anthony Farrell, Andy Hay, Dean Lawford, Marvin Golden, Alan Tait and Francis Cummins (player/coach).


The Vikings will be looking to get back to winning ways when the Champions, Leeds Rhinos, visit the Halton Stadium. Get behind the lads by purchasing your ticket in advance of the game, click here for full ticket information.

Players In Common - Leeds Rhinos