League Latest: New Hull FC captain, Folau “a s**tstorm” & Leeds forward’s visa update

League Latest – keeping you up to date with the latest news from the world of rugby league.

Here are some of the headline-grabbing stories from the last 24 hours.

Folau “a s**tstorm”

The first openly gay rugby league player, Ian Roberts, has labelled Israel Folau a “s**tstorm” and passionately claimed that the controversial figure cannot be allowed back into the NRL in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

Cowboys recruit former centre

Javid Bowen has signed with the North Queensland Cowboys on a one-year deal as their club website reports.

Inglis shuts door on Origin return

Greg Inglis has dismissed any rumours that he could return to the NRL and play representative football in an interview with the Warrington Guardian.

Green to be Queensland boss

Fox Sports has reported that former Cowboys boss Paul Green will be the next Queensland coach, despite Billy Slater being heavily rumoured.

Bateman out to defy Aussies

John Bateman told the Daily Mirror that he can’t wait to prove Australians wrong yet again at the World Cup at the end of the year.

Vive la France

The Daily Mirror has reported that a number of British stars have flocked across the Channel for regular rugby, including ex-Widnes forward Pat Moran.

Cross-code stars

Serious About Rugby League named their top five cross-code stars.

Brisbane hopefuls merge bids

The Brisbane Bombers and Ipswich (Western Corridor) have merged bids to potentially become the 17th NRL team in a $12m move, the Courier Mail reports.

Storm planning for life without Smith

Melbourne are said to be preparing for 2021 without veteran Cameron Smith with the hooker unlikely to play for the Storm again, according to SEN.

Hodgson unsure on captaincy

Brett Hodgson has kept his cards close to his chest when pressed on who will lead Hull into the 2021 campaign, despite Danny Houghton taking the mantle the past three seasons, the Hull Daily Mail has reported.

Leeds forward gets visa

King Vuniyayawa has been given visa clearance and is expected to land at Leeds in the next fortnight, according to the Rhinos’ club website.

Halifax reveal squad numbers

Halifax Panthers have released their squad numbers with numbers 25 and 26 still vacant, pointing to potentially more signings, the Halifax Courier has reported.

 

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