Below is a round-up of all the latest news from the world of rugby league over the last 24 hours.
England excluded from “secret plan”
Reports from down under have emerged that there is a discussion on the table for a resurgence of the Four Nations tournament however it appears England may have been left out. Instead a “secret plan” to involve Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga has emerged but the RFL have confirmed that they’re still hopeful of securing a home series.
Warrington key man set for NRL return
Thomas Mikaele has been brilliant so far this season for Warrington Wolves but the reports from the Mole are that he will be heading back to the NRL effective immediately. The news comes as a shock given that he even scored on Friday night and in no way has his form suggested any discontent, however it’s suggested Gold Coast Titans are in for the forward.
Two SL sides hit with triple injury blow
Across the six sensational Super League games this past weekend we saw plenty of stars leave the field due to injury. We’ve totted up each side’s injury list and two sides have unfortunately been hit by triple blows.
Smith makes huge Headingley claim
Rohan Smith and 14,321 others watched on Saturday as Leeds Rhinos produced an improbably comeback against the previously unbeaten Catalans Dragons. That’s prompted Smith to make a huge claim about Headingley which the Rhinos will hope to make into a fortress.
Ten charged by MRP
With round seven wrapped up it’s disciplinary time and ten players have found themselves charged guilty by the Match Review Panel. Despite the new system with fines being utilised a lot more there has been some bans handed down, but controversially some players have avoided bans. One incident that went unpunished had previously been cited as a “Grade C” charge by a former official.
RFL announce broadcasting update
Who, how much and for how long are all the questions being asked about the next broadcasting deal for rugby league, especially with IMG now at the helm. Newly-appointed RFL chief Tony Sutton has announced that “lots of potential partners” are being considered when giving an update on the deal.
Three games watched by 10,000 plus
Super League attendances have been brilliant so far this year and round six was no different with fair weather certainly helping out the two Saturday games. Across the six fixtures three games managed to hit 10,000 plus fans whilst another saw a 700 fan increase on last year’s fixture.
Eddie Hemming slams idea of Super League rebranding
Eddie Hemmings is one of the most iconic voices of Super League, for some the sport of rugby league will be synonymous with his voice, and the legendary broadcaster has slammed any idea at replacing the iconic Super League logo. Discussing potential IMG changes he’s also questioned why Magic Weekend is to be removed, claiming “TV companies love” it.
Huge hint that Leeming’s replacement is already at Leeds
Kruise Leeming wanting out of Headingley was big news when it broke and it prompted questions of where he would head but also how would Leeds replace him. Rohan Smith was asked the latter question following his side’s victory over Catalans and he’s responded in blunt fashion.
Childs claims rugby league needs to “grow up”
James Childs was one of the elite referees in Super League and retired following the World Cup. Speaking with Dave Woods on BBC 5 Live’s podcast he’s explained the game he unintentionally let “descend into chaos”, but also called for a change in how the sport and referees interact claiming it needs to “grow up”.
Championship boss left “really cross” despite win
Round seven of the Championship concluded this weekend and a full run-down of results can be found here. Among those games Bradford lost the so-called ‘Battle of BD’ leaving their boss fuming ,whilst one winning coach highlighted how the victory “felt like a fake win”. The round also saw some brilliant attendances with one game in particular hitting huge figures.
Veteran winger signs contract extension
Ryan Hall is chasing down the all time try scoring record in Super League and he’ll be doing so as Robin for another year having signed a contract extension for the 2024 season.
Union officials call out “cry babies”
Joseph Suaali’i looks to be a generational talent but sadly it seems he’s a player who will be taking his talents to the 15-man code with the Samoan World Cup star seemingly set to switch codes. That’s prompted RL media to react, and in turn rugby union officials have called them out as “cry babies”.
FUCK ENGLAND OFF AND BRING BACK GB!