Below is a round-up of all the latest news from the world of rugby league over the last 24 hours.
Castleford make appointment at Last!
Castleford Tigers have confirmed who their new permanent head coach is and after weeks of speculation Andy Last has been confirmed as the man for the job. He’d made no secret of his desire for the job but the club have now confirmed that he’s signed a two and a half year deal.
Clubs vote on IMG proposals
All the clubs in Super League, the Championship and League One have voted on the IMG grading proposals today with the proposed criteria passing through resoundingly. Only seven clubs voted against the proposal, whilst others have since come out explaining why including Keighley who had been most vocal in their opposition and made that clear at the meeting.
England captain confirmed
Shaun Wane has confirmed who will be the next England captain and replace the retiring Sam Tomkins. The new man with the armband isn’t yet a club captain but Wane has put all his faith in him to help lead England to World Cup success in 2025.
Super League team news
St Helens have made one change which sees a key man return to action for the first time all season. They host Warrington who have fortunately got their own returning man to help cover their suspended star. A loanee will face his parent club as Rovers head to the Jungle, whilst both Leigh and Leeds have made just one change to their winning formulas of round nine.
English NRL star in shock Super League return
Luke Thompson was already one of Super League’s most dominant forwards at such a young age having helped St Helens win the Grand Final, hence he tested himself an switched to the NRL. He’s now rumoured to be returning but to a hugely surprising team. There’s also been talk of complications given one peculiar aspect of having to negotiate with Thompson.
Wane reveals England halves pairing
Much talk has been made this season as to who will be the English half-back pairing of the future with plenty of young talent on show in Super League. Hull KR already have an all English pairing of Mikey Lewis and Jordan Abdull and Shaun Wane has addressed whether either of those men make his selected duo.
Super League half-back makes switch
Wakefield Trinity have been utilising the loan system a lot this season, most notably from Huddersfield, to bolster their squad as they look for a first win. Once again they’ve turned to that market and this time it’s high-flying Hull KR who have sent them a playmaker.
Wigan hit with another huge blow
Wigan Warriors lost Mike Cooper for the season with an injury sustained against St Helens and they’ve now lost another prop forward against Warrington. Whilst the damage isn’t as bad as Cooper’s, one of their front men is still set to miss around eight weeks.
Trio of games on free-to-air TV
There’s eight fixtures scheduled to be broadcast on UK television this week but three of those games have been put onto free-to-air broadcast. They include some huge Challenge Cup clashes as well as another great women’s fixture.
Former SL man hints at return
Isaac Shaw had tweeted a message outlining his former side Wakefield’s embarrassing defeat to Leigh over the weekend, whilst also stating he’s still being paid by the side despite playing in France. He’s now posted a further tweet which suggests “duty calls” but whether it’s a return to Belle Vue or elsewhere is still unknown.
Officials appointed for Round Ten
The referee appointments for the upcoming round of Super League have been made and Jack Smith has once again been given a huge game. All six games have been assigned and this article here tells you who’ll be in the middle of your team’s fixture.
Super League target makes decision
Jared Warea-Hargreaves has been one of the biggest hitting players of the last decade down in the NRL and there had been heavy reports linking him to Super League, in particularly Leigh and Catalans. The Kiwi forward has now committed his future and made a decision as to where he will play in 2024 onwards.
Super League sides in line for mid-season signings
With the international fixture at the end of the month creating a break in the season many teams will be assessing where they are, and how they get to where they want to get. Inevitably that will lead to signings so we’ve picked out six teams primed for moves in the market.