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Rhinos’ rising star Oledzki keen to shine Super League light in native Poland | Aaron Bower

The teenager from Gdansk has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks at Leeds and is desperate to continue on the same trajectory as the Rhinos prepare for their Grand Final defence

Gdansk is one of the last places you would think of when it comes to rugby league, yet a small community in Poland’s sixth-biggest city will be paying close attention when Leeds Rhinos begin their Super League title defence at Warrington on Thursday.

“I send my grandad the results of all our games and post him clips of the games and the highlights,” says Mikolaj Oledzki. The 19-year-old is the latest product of the Rhinos’ revered talent pathway – a programme which has crafted some of the finest players in Super League history. But Oledzki’s story is different to the rest.

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