RL News: England international under investigation, RFL name adopted by Union competition and Wire miss major signing

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

Young England squad named for France clash

England play France at the Halliwell Jones on Saturday and Shaun Wane has confirmed his squad, cutting it from 40 to just 19. That means 21 players miss out as Wigan and Warrington dominate the youthful squad. France have also named their side for the fixture and it features plenty of Super League talent. The match has also seen the referee confirmed.

Iconic coach labels IMG “unreasonably slow”

IMG have been involved with rugby league for the past few months and will continue to help run the sport for the oncoming years, but one legendary coach believes they’re acting too slowly. Brian Noble has slammed their inactivity and also suggested they need to take more command in what they do.

RFL name adopted by union 

The Rugby Football League is an iconic administration and as such the initials RFL are synonymous with rugby league, until now. That’s because the RFL will be the name that will be used by a new rugby union sevens tournament in North America, one that’s set to be worth millions of dollars.

Super League man successful in suspension appeal

The Match Review Panel handed out 11 charges and seven bans on Monday, however two of those were contested at the Operational Rules Tribunal. On Tuesday night the tribunal met and ruled in favour of one player who’s since had his ban overturned.

Leeming return looms as he loses spot

Kruise Leeming headed to the NRL and made quite the impression early on but he’s now lost his spot in that Gold Coast Titans team which could see him make a swift Super League return. Leeming hasn’t committed his future for 2024 and is off contract at the end of this season.

Challenge Cup TV times confirmed 

Super League sides have been added into the Challenge Cup and that means the draw on Monday night throwing up some huge ties. The pick of the bunch arguably came with cup holders Wigan Warriors hosting Leeds Rhinos and the BBC have now confirmed they will cover that game, plus another huge tie. Two further games will be shown on Viaplay and kick-off times for televised games have been announced.

Wire miss out on major signings

Warrington Wolves lost their prop Thomas Mikaele to the NRL earlier this season with the club and player parting ways amicably. The Wolves quickly started looking for a potential replacement and it’s being reported down under that one of the men they’d earmarked will be signing elsewhere, a huge blow for Daryl Powell’s men. There’s also been a huge transfer in the NRL this week seeing one of the strongest teams in the comp get that little bit stronger.

English international under investigation

Victor Radley is not only one of England’s best but the world’s best however he’s a player who can spend far to long in the sin bin. Following a controversial yellow this past weekend Radley lamented the decision as “shit”, prompting an investigation into those post-match comments.

Man of Steel frontrunners snubbed for Round 10

George Williams and Jordan Abdull have been the two standout players in Super League this season and the pair have surged to a lead in the Man of Steel points table as a result. Neither of them earned points for their round 10 performances, despite Abdull’s Rovers winning. In fact one man on the losing end of the Robins earned himself maximum points.

Who your team should sign and re-sign

On May 1st the markets open up and teams are allowed to negotiate with off-contract rival players. That’s set to create a frenzy especially considering some of the huge names set to go off contract. We’ve compiled a list of who your team should target, and who they need to tie down and keep.

Super League player calls for video ref changes

The video referee is a huge asset to Super League when it’s used correctly however one major problem is that it isn’t used consistently. Sometimes that’s down to the decisions week to week but more obviously it’s down to the fact it features at some games, but not all. One veteran player has called for this to change even suggesting his team have lost this season on account due to that.

How social media reacted to England’s squad

Social media is often a snapshot of fan consensus but it can also lead to huge overreactions as well. Upon the England squad being announced there was plenty of reasoned responses but some huge opinions, including one claiming the squad represented a “huge disservice to the international game”.

Shaun Wane backed by England legend

From the moment England fell to Samoa in the World Cup semi-final there was speculation surrounding the future of Shaun Wane. That was ended when it was confirmed he’d lead the side until at least 2025 and one former Super League and England legend has since backed Wane as the right man for the job.

Player of the Month nominees announced

April saw plenty of rugby league including the record-breaking rivals round and there was also some huge performances. Six of Super League’s most in-form players have been nominated as the April player of the month and there’s some shock omissions such as Leigh playmaker Lachlan Lam.

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