Super League champions Leeds Rhinos have agreed a parting of the ways with former Great Britain prop Jamie Thackray.Twenty-eight-year-old Thackray joined the Rhinos in 2006 from Hull on a three-and-half-year contract but has not played for the first team this year and will leave the club with immediate effect.Thackray, who recently had a spell on loan with National League Two club Doncaster, was a member of Leeds’ championship-winning team in 2007 when he made 27 appearances.
Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “Unfortunately things have not worked out for Jamie, but we wish him all the best for the future.”
Leuluai was concussed in last Thursday’s win over Bradford but has passed a head test to clear him to return to action in the Grand Final re-match.
Youngster Ben Jones-Bishop has been drafted in to the squad as cover. The 19-year-old full-back was a member of the Rhinos senior academy squad who reached the Grand Final last season and was recently promoted to the first-team squad.
New Zealand Test prop Jason Cayless has been named in St Helens’ initial squad and could make his first appearance since October’s Grand Final, after recovering from major knee surgery.