Leeds Rhinos have extended an invitation to Lewis Boyce, a former Harlequins and Bath forward, to participate in the initial phases of their pre-season training on a trial basis, as reported by Love Rugby League.
A 27-year-old hailing from the Leeds area, Boyce has exclusively played rugby union throughout his professional career.
He commenced his journey with Yorkshire Carnegie in Leeds, later moving to Harlequins in 2017 and subsequently joining Bath in 2019. More recently, he showcased his skills in the RFU Championship with Ealing Trailfinders.
Despite being considered for an England cap and attending a training camp in January 2018 under Eddie Jones ahead of the Six Nations Championship opener against Italy, Boyce, a former England U20 star, never earned a senior-level cap.
Of particular interest is Boyce’s transition from the specialized loosehead position in rugby union, weighing in at 6’1″ and 113kg, to the Leeds Rhinos, a move that adds an intriguing dimension given the rarity of cross-code swaps involving this position.
THE FIVE RICHEST RUGBY PLAYERS
5. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand) – £11.6m
Despite his early exit from Toronto, the two-time Rugby World Cup winner still finds himself on the list. Starring in multiple sports; rugby league, rugby union and boxing, Williams has been in demand and has made good money down the years from numerous huge contracts.
Sonny Bill Facts:
- His actual full name is Sonny William Williams
- Williams’s younger sister, Niall, is a New Zealand former international touch football captain and current New Zealand rugby sevens player
- He was only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league
- Williams is one of only 21 players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice
- He onverted to Islam in 2009, while in France playing for Toulon