Below is a round-up of all the latest news from the world of rugby league over the last 24 hours.
IMG announce deadline for grading criteria
The RFL have announced that the deadline for announcements on grading criteria will be early march, before a six week debate period and final vote in April.
Super League average wage revealed
Warrington Wolves’ CEO Karl Fitzpatrick has revealed the figures surrounding the average salary of a player and it makes bleak reading compared the the previously reported NRL minimum salary of $150,000.
James Graham reveals worrying MRI scan results
In a brilliant and honest Sky Sports’ debate surrounding concussion, the former England, St Helens and NRL legend James Graham has spoken about whether rugby league was worth dying for.
Brian McDermott reveals all ahead of new coaching gig
Former Leeds Rhinos’ boss Brian McDermott has spoken out on errors made during his profession, the “perfect venue” for summer rugby league, managing Sinfield, McGuire and Burrow as well as the learning curve in his newest venture.
All the action on the weekend previewed
Eleven Super League clubs are in action as pre-season ramps up with most side’s going with their full strength squad, whilst the Championship opening round also kicks off and we’ve predicted all the games.
Man of Steel staying put
Reports from Australia have revealed that St George Illawarra made a huge quarter of a million dollars move for Salford star Brodie Croft, but the Australian is set to stay put for 2023.
Nationwide ref-cam rollout to help prevent abuse
The RFL have outlined plans to distribute 200 go-pro style cameras for match officials to wear in 2023 with the aim of educating officials and preventing abuse, following a successful trial scheme in 2022.
Saints’ WCC opponents suffer huge injury blow
World Cup final try-scorer Liam Martin, star of Penrith Panthers’ pack, is set to miss the World Club Challenge through injury with the news reported as St Helens flew down under.
Championship side lean on Super League experience with new skipper
Newcastle Thunder have announced former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers’ forward Alex Foster as their captain for 2023, he was one of just three players who retained the same squad number at Kingston Park following huge turnover.
Catalans’ star recruit considered retirement
In a brilliantly honest chat on concussion former Wakefield Trinity star Tom Johnstone has revealed he’s discussed calling time on his career, discussing his history with concussions alongside legends of the game.
Wire’s first hit-out features six new signings
Ben Currie has his testimonial on Saturday as Warrington take to the field for the first time in 2023 and he’s joined by six new signings, with opposition Leigh naming a former Man of Steel and the current betting favourite for the award in their starting 13.
Invest in youth and stop signing ‘ageing Aussies’
Super League legend Andy Lynch has highlighted the key issues facing Super League and it starts at the bottom he claims. Roster building from bottom up would mean a stronger competition and salary available to recruit prime and not past-it NRL stars.
Hull FC record impressive membership total
The Airlie Birds have announced that they’ve surpassed the 7,500 mark for season members signed up, smashing their total from 2022 with two weeks to go until their opening game.