Below is a round-up of all the latest news from the world of rugby league over the last 24 hours.
Saints’ star wants NRL switch
Following St Helens’ victory over Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge the eyes of the NRL were opened to some of Super League’s brightest talents. Among those was Lewis Dodd, who kicked the game winning field goal, and reports down under now claim he’s asked for a move to the NRL. He’s also been warned against signing with a certain team by his own CEO if you’re to believe the same reports.
Player throws jibe at former club
Wakefield lost once again on Sunday and again they saw themselves held to zero points. That’s led to one former player tweeting about the unfortunate result whilst suggesting he’s available once again.
Team of the week
Round nine saw some huge attendances but also some huge performances. Among those were plenty of young English talents and potentially even England’s future half-back pairing.
Clubs look for action against pundit
Pundits are often very outspoken and one of those that fits that trait down under is Phil Gould. Clubs are now considering taking action against the pundit for his involvement with Canterbury Bulldogs.
Stars set for scans- Super League injury news
A brilliant round of Super League concluded on Sunday with Wakefield falling to their ninth defeat at the hands of Leigh, and unfortunately there were injuries along the way. A star man is set for a scan whilst one man limped off early on in the top-of-the-table clash between Wigan and Warrington.
Round Nine of the Championship concludes tonight with Sheffield hosting Swinton but the six games thus far have seen some huge scores. Featherstone have returned to their high-scoring ways whilst loanees have made the difference in some close match-ups.
Huge number of players charged
A massive 16 players have been charged by the Match Review Panel following the round nine fixtures. That includes one of the best players of the season so far as well. Of those 16 players three bans have been handed down.
Struggling side looking for signings
Wakefield Trinity are four points adrift at the bottom of the table, something that coach Mark Applegarth warns could become eight points, and so he’s stated that he’ll be “having conversations with individuals” over performances. That’s led tot he claim that they could look to the French league, which has recently concluded, for talent to recruit.
Super League sides had their reserve teams in action this weekend and there was plenty of talent on show. Sam Walters was a shock name on the team sheet with many Rhinos fans believing he could be in the first team. Some of those players have since been called up to the Academy Origins game between Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Wakefield’s unwanted record
Wakefield Trinity are having a torrid time of it at the moment and their winless run has now extended to nine, but they’ve also picked up an unwanted record on their way. Trinity have found points hard to come by so much so that they’re record-breakers, albeit unwantedly.
Two Super League kick-offs altered
Sunday sees three fixtures played, all scheduled initially for a 3pm kick-off. It’s now been announced by two separate clubs that they’ve changes those kick-off times, one being brought forward whilst another is delayed, and both for differing reasons that you wouldn’t expect.
How video referee’s could improve
Video referee’s provide some contentious calls at times and they’re always under scrutiny with fans of every side quick to call them out. There are obvious changes though, and some of those simply come from looking at the NRL including these ones.