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Jamie Jones-Buchanan: ‘Ethnicities never been a barrier in rugby league – but we need to tell more stories’ | Rugby League News

Leeds Rhinos head of culture, diversity and inclusivity Jamie Jones-Buchanan praises the rich history of diversity within rugby league and says the sport should use Black History Month to promote inclusivity.

Last Updated: 01/10/22 11:41 am

Leeds Rhinos head of culture, diversity and inclusivity Jamie Jones-Buchanan praises the rich history of diversity within rugby league and says the sport should use Black History Month to promote inclusivity.

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Leeds Rhinos head of culture, diversity and inclusivity Jamie Jones-Buchanan praises the rich history of diversity within rugby league and says the sport should use Black History Month to promote inclusivity.

Leeds Rhinos head of culture, diversity and inclusivity Jamie Jones-Buchanan praises the rich history of diversity within rugby league and says the sport should use Black History Month to promote inclusivity.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan has told Sky Sports News that rugby league has never had a problem with diversity – but the sport needs to tell more stories.

After stepping down from the coaching team this year, Jones-Buchanan was appointed as the first Head of Culture, Diversity and Inclusivity at Leeds Rhinos.

He was head coach for six weeks in April and will transition to the new role next year.

Jones-Buchanan said that rugby league has taken its history of diversity lightly.

“There have been some real black pioneers within the sport. Someone pointed out this year that when I became interim coach in April, Crooks Lehmann was the captain, and this may have been the first time we had a mixed race captain and mixed race. Coach,” he said.

“This is something we take lightly in rugby league. This year we celebrate the 50 years of Roy Francis, the first black coach in any professional English sport to have led a rugby league team to the championship. and of course in 1972, Clive Sullivan also became the first black captain of any GB or English team.

“We’ve been lucky that ethnicity has never been a barrier, certainly in my experience. Maybe it’s something we don’t shout about and celebrate enough.”

The 41-year-old made over 400 appearances for the Rhinos after making his debut in 1999 as well as playing 14 times for England.

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