RL News: Super League coach admits “issues within team”, major rule changes set for trial and Wire fans “one defeat from meltdown”

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

Super League coach admits “issues within team”

Wakefield Trinity have had a terrible start to the season as they’re winless after nine but more worryingly have failed to score in five of those games, a Super League record. That’s prompted the team and staff to have a long hard look at themselves and coach Mark Applegarth has stated that there are “issues within the team”.

Coach questions star players England omission

Jake Connor is one of the most exciting players in Super League but Ian Watson has gone a step further and labelled the playmaker “one of the top five players in the country”. That came after questioning over why the Englishman wasn’t in Shaun Wane’s 40-man squad for the clash against France.

Pundit suggests Peters could make Rovers country’s best

Willie Peters has had a superb start to coaching with the Australian leading Hull KR to seven wins from their first ten Super League fixtures, their best ever start in the competition. Phil Clarke has now suggested that the team could even reach the heights of their incredible 1984 side under his leadership.

Friday Night Round-Up

There was only two fixtures on Friday evening this week but one of them produced an underdog win, whilst the other threatened that for long periods. Leigh saw off an out of sorts Leeds side whilst Hull KR found a way to win tough against Castleford at the Jungle.

Wire fans “one defeat from meltdown”

Warrington Wolves started the season with an impressive eight wins from eight but have since lost their last two. That’s prompted Sky pundit Phil Clarke to suggest that fans are set for a meltdown if they’re to lose again in quick succession. He’s also gone as far to state the club have been “lucky” in regards to their fixture order.

Ex-player and official disagree over rule changes

Jamie Peacock has come out in support of the proposed rule changes aimed at making the sport safer, particularly in regard to head impact injuries. Others aren’t as receptive though and one former official has gone as far to call it “the death of the game”.

Legendary duo extend coaching future

Brett Delaney and David Hodgson were two iconic players in Super League and following their retirement they’ve headed into coaching. The pair are currently at Hull KR and they’ve now extended their deals until the end of 2025, highlighting their influence in the impressive start the Robins have made.

Major rule changes set for trial

The sport is all about keeping players safe, more so than ever lately, and as such the RFL have worked with researchers to find ways to potentially improve player safety. That’s led to two new law changes that are set to be trialled in the summer academy rugby series.

Coach pulls no punches after defeat

Rohan Smith wasn’t one to mince his words following his side’s loss to Leigh Leopards with the Australian being very critical of his teams inability to execute. Once again his team failed to get started quickly as they fell 16-0 down early on leading to Smith labelling his side “ordinary” and “disjointed”.

Ex-official questions coach credentials

Leeds Rhinos have been a massively up-and-down side this season and the inability to string wins together has been a major frustration for them. Following last night’s defeat to Leigh one former official has questioned if the issue lies with Smith or the squad.

Rugby league extinction talk as SL back admits he’s “not sure”

Rugby league is a sport that’s often pinned as simply a northern sport and one that struggles outside of the traditional heartlands. There’s often chat about whether the sport will cease to exist and one Super League back has admitted he’s “not sure” on whether it will be around in 1o years time.

Salford legend sadly passes away

Sad news has been confirmed by Salford as one of their former stars Michael Coulman has passed away. Coulman has passed on aged 78 and made almost 500 appearances for them before also playing for Great Britain and England. All thoughts go to his friends and family.

Sunday Team News

Weekend rugby league is back in full swing with a trio of fixtures on Sunday including Hull FC hosting Huddersfield. A key man returns in that fixture, whilst Salford vs Catalans sees a major injury for one side. The remaining game sees Wigan face Wakefield in a repeat of the game that finished 60-0 earlier this season.

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John Rushbrooke
John Rushbrooke
1 month ago

Jake Connor isn’t in the England squad because he lacks consistency, has a suspect temperament, and plays for Jake Connor.