Below is a round-up of all the latest news from the world of rugby league over the last 24 hours.
Smith “asked not to comment by RFL”
Head coaches can on occasion come out in press conferences and criticise decisions that have been made by officials, but one coach who won’t be doing this in the near future is Rohan Smith. Asked about Richie Myler’s sin binning the Rhinos head coach took a long pause before answering “I have been asked not to comment by the RFL”.
NRL side want England star as emergency signing
Parramatta Eels are one of the top sides in the NRL and finished as runners-up to Penrith Panthers in 2022 but they’re in a little bit of an injury crisis at the moment. That’s prompted them to put out an SOS call for wingers and one man who is a target according to the Newcastle Herald is England winger Dom Young.
Injury Round-up as five clubs suffer huge blows
It was an incredible weekend of rugby league but sadly it wasn’t without any injuries and some of those injuries look to be on a long term scale. Hull FC star Jake Clifford looked in huge discomfort as he left the field, whilst Saints’ Sione Mata’utia had to be stretchered off with confirmation he had been knocked out.
Six game ban on the cards following punch
Gil Dudson returned to the Gilbert Brutus for the first time since he was sent off in the 2022 playoffs for Catalans. This time he was facing the French side but he saw red again and will now head to the disciplinary tribunal facing a potential six game ban for his Grade E offence. A Saints player also faces a large ban for a Grade D offence and it’s been revealed why.
Connor’s ‘brain fart’ causes confusion
Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants battled it out in the last game of Rivals Round with the home side coming out 18-17 victors. One thing that confused many was Giants’ Jake Connor’s decision to kick to touch with minutes remaining, rather than opt for a game-tying drop goal. That’s since caused reaction from Nene MacDonald, an explanation by head coach Ian Watson and just sheer confusion from pundit Jon Wilkin.
15 charged by disciplinary
A huge 15 players have been charged by disciplinary, and even more incredibly 10 of those have been banned. Multiple dangerous contact charges have been made but to varying degrees of Grade, whilst the same can be said for Joe Westerman and Zak Hardaker. Both players were charged with tripping but they’ve been hit with very different charges.
Super League side have big pitch problem
Huddersfield Giants’ boss Ian Watson has confirmed that his club have got some major pitch issues in that their normal training pitch at Siddall is currently unavailable to them. Since their shift from Siddall, whose pitch is undergoing work, the club have suffered two hamstring injuries with one leaving a star out for three months and the other man now requiring a scan.
Rivals Round smashes attendance records
Easter weekend always sees high quality rugby and high attendance figures but with just one game per club across the weekend, rather than the traditional Friday and Monday split, attendances have been record-breaking. Per each fixture there was only two games that didn’t manage to crack the 10,000 mark. There was also one further record that has been hit highlighting the huge success that Rivals Round has been.
Luke Thompson talks on his future
NRL star and former St Helens’ man Luke Thompson has been discussing what’s next for him as his contract runs down at the end of the year. Whilst many were hopeful he could return to England he’s made it clear he intends to replicate his trophy winning success down under as well.
Kruise Leeming impresses on NRL debut
Having left Leeds, Kruise Leeming signed with Gold Coast Titans and despite arriving in the middle of last week he was called into action on Sunday for Justin Holbrook’s mean. The Titans managed to win and Leeming impressed throughout, despite admitting in his post match presser he’s still unsure of some teammates’ names.
Elite team consider legal action over pundits comments
Penrith Panthers are back-to-back champions of the NRL and they’re red hot favourites to win a third title in a row. They’re a side who get plenty of attention from pundits but that could be set to stop with the club CEO confirming they could take legal action to prevent Fox Sports “thrashing” their players.
Hull KR man joins Super League side
Willie Peters has come in at Hull KR and made some brilliant depth signings, to the point where new signings such as Yusuf Aydin have been sent out on loan already. Luis Johnson has already headed to Castleford on a loan deal but now another Robin has joined him, this time on a permanent two and a half year deal.
Clarke tips two for Man of Steel
Phil Clarke is one of Sky Sports’ best pundits and is active on plenty of games and he’s come out with a statement on the two players that he believes are best placed to win the Man of Steel award. He believes that England talisman George Williams is the front-runner but another Englishman could run him close.