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RL News: Dunning departs Bradford, Leeds trio among five charged and EFL TV deal to spell trouble for Super League?

Below is a round-up of all the latest news from the world of rugby league over the last 24 hours.

Dunning departs Bradford following battering

Bradford Bulls fell to an “embarrassing” defeat on Sunday in which they shipped 42 second-half points to Barrow and that’s been enough for boss Mark Dunning and the club to part ways. Dunning had previously revealed that the players had immediately held their hands up following the loss, however he’s still lost his job and here’s what that could spell for the clubs potential signings. Dunning’s final words have also been revealed but we’ve also drafted up a list of potential candidates to replace him.

Leeds trio among five players charged

The Match Review Panel has put forward it’s findings for the recent round of Super League fixtures with five players being charged in total. Among those are three Rhinos but four cited Rhinos have avoided bans, despite one being cited a huge four times. Another player saw red on Friday night but hasn’t been banned as a result though in circumstances that highlight the RFL’s new policy of trying to utilise fines instead. Another surprising non-ban came during Friday’s TV game in which Konrad Hurrell was sent for dissent, but it’s been revealed why.

Pundit’s sin bin outrage vindicated by MRP

Friday night saw plenty of cards shown in Super League, which is perhaps why the lack of bans by the Match Review Panel is so surprising, but one of those yellows was ridiculed by pundit Barrie McDermott. The former enforcer was having none of it when a Catalans’ man saw yellow but he’s now been vindicated as the MRP have not acted on the incident in their explanation of the event. He did however slam the ill-discipline of Saints’ star Konrad Hurrell who saw yellow for dissent.

Leigh shirt “worst in rugby league history”

If you were told at the start of the week that Leigh Leopards would be getting mentions from one of the sport’s iconic commentators during a an NRL fixture you’d probably laugh. However that was the case as Andrew Voss referenced the iconic Leopard shirt and labelled it “one of the worst in rugby league history”. Perhaps by coincidence Leigh owner Derek Beaumont also blasted critics on Twitter and praised his side. It’s worth noting that Vossy referenced the shirt during the NRL Magic Weekend, an event that former Castleford boss Lee Radford was seen in attendance at which has triggered the rumour mill regarding his next job once again.

Super League Round Attendances, Injuries and Team of the Week

The recent round of Super League fixtures saw some great games but again some brilliant attendances. Four games surpassed the five figure mark including a major sell-out at one of those games. On top of those great figures there was some exceptional performances, of which a very strong team of the week forged itself out. Sadly though as always a series of injuries were picked up including to two star full-backs who could well be out for extended periods.

Huge EFL deal to spell trouble for Super League?

Football is the number one sport in this country in terms of involvement and viewing and therefore it commands the TV money too. The EFL has recently landed a huge deal with Sky which has twigged eyebrows given that at present Super League doesn’t have a TV deal going forward. Here’s all the information we know so far and what it could mean for rugby league.

Championship Round-up

Round ten of the Championship concludes tonight when Batley host Widnes but the first six games have been brilliant. Saturday saw a huge upset as Swinton overcame Toulouse for their first win in seven, whilst Bradford fell to a defeat that saw Mark Dunning lose his job. One other fixture saw Featherstone extend their unbeaten league record to 10 in a game that saw their opponents, Sheffield, reduced to 10. Sheffield boss Mark Aston has accused officials of “spoiling” the game and questioned why officials cannot be questioned in a rant he referenced may see him fined.

Catalans’ escaped bull hits viewing milestone

By now the story of the Catalans’ escaped bull has been seen by seemingly everyone and the viewing figures of the initial Sky Sports Rugby League tweet would back that up. Shared all over the world and featured across multiple different sports and news shows the initial clip has clocked past a huge milestone viewing figure.

Fozzard issues injury apologies 

The RFL is among a number of governing bodies currently facing a lawsuit over injuries caused to players over the years, with Nick Fozzard being one of the notable rugby league players involved. He’s often been called out for his involvement and that’s happened again leading to him offering apologies for causing injury, but not for his involvement at all.

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