RL News: Jon Wilkin’s huge claim, Jacques O’Neill return on the cards and Man of Steel signs monster deal

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

Wilkin tips dynastic Saints to make it five in a row

Some will argue he’s bias given his affinity with the club but Jon Wilkin has made the sweeping statement that the current St Helens side are one of the greatest this country has ever seen. With such conviction in that statement it’s no surprise he’s tipped the Red Vee for favouritism in the upcoming campaign, but he’s also got other sides to keep an eye on.

Warrington man’s confusion and comments regarding possible ban

Josh McGuire took part in his first pre-season run out as a Warrington player on Saturday and all was going well until the 2017 World Cup winner saw red. He’s now revealed that he’s still unaware of why he was sent off ahead of tomorrow’s disciplinary matters.

From Love Island back to league – Jacques O’Neill wants rugby return

The former Castleford Tigers forward has suggested that he could be taking to the pitch soon as he explained to Sky Sports that he still loves the game. He’s also feeling high about his former club’s hopes for 2023.

“Generational talent” joins Championship side

Levi Edwards, the centre once described by former Leeds boss Richard Agar as a “generational talent”, has switched to join Championship side York Knights. Signing a three-year-deal the reasons have been explained by the current CEO of the Rhinos.

Jon Wilkin is brash on Warrington likening 2022 to a footballing flop

The former St Helens’ skipper is one of the more outspoken men in rugby and he’s not held back on Daryl Powell’s men. He highlighted the shaky position Powell could find himself in, and then labelled the Wire as “the big ones” for the upcoming campaign despite their poor 2022.

Man of Steel signs on till 2030

Salford Red Devils have managed to do some huge business but it’s not adding a player, it’s the retainment and extension of star man Brodie Croft through till 2030. The Australian was expected by many to return to the NRL but this huge contract extension will tie him down for the foreseeable.

Saints’ legend returns to training

St Helens are prepping for their World Club Challenge match with Penrith Panthers but they’ve got a fixture this weekend to get through first. In preparation they’ve brought club icon James Graham into the fold as they train alongside a local lower league team.

World Cup 2025 suffers big blows per reports

It’s being reported in the Australian media that the World Cup in 2025, scheduled to be hosted in France, has received a multi-million pound setback on account of pressure from other European nations.

Leeds Rhinos bolster women’s side with huge signing

After having recruited England star Amy Hardcastle from St Helens it seems the Rhinos’ ladies are building a super team with the recruitment of Kiwi international Georgia Hale. The 27-year-old joins Lois Forsell’s champions in their efforts to go back-to-back.

Wests Tigers’ tactic to train star John Bateman from other side of the world

It seemed that the John Bateman return to Australia occupied most of the off-season but even with the deal completed late last year, it continues to rumble on. Stuck in England due to visa issues his new club, Wests Tigers, are having to think outside of the box to get him up to speed.

Former Leeds skipper reveals why he made the Headingley switch

Kruise Leeming has revealed all including the sport that brought him to rugby, the brave decision he made as a 15-year-old coming through but ultimately why Headingley after Huddersfield.

NRL games set for UK television coverage

The NRL Pre-Season Challenge will feature the 17 NRL sides and St Helens and all of the games are set to be televised this weekend. Find out when your favourite NRL stars play here.

Wire star rejected NRL offers

It was Ben Currie’s testimonial match at the weekend and the veteran second-rower got himself on the scoresheet to mark the occasion. His agent has now revealed how close he came to joining an NRL, or even rival Super League side.

Players haven’t “heard a peep” from IMG, per Super League youngster

With IMG having taken on a 12-year deal to revolutionise the sport and try to make it more commercially appealing, many fans have been asking how and when that would be done. It seems players have the same questions as well with one Super League forward revealing that players are in the dark on the matter too.

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