RL News: Two players banned, TV deal delayed and Leeming set for NRL move?

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

Body of Bryn Hargreaves found

It’s been announced that the body of missing ex-Super League player Bryn Hargreaves had been found, with his brother confirming the sad news. Hargreaves played for multiple clubs across his career and the news of his passing has been met with an outpouring of grief from the RL community, with Paul Wellens making particularly emotional comments.

Two banned as disciplinary panel gives verdict

Seven players have been charged but just two have received bans following the most recent round of Super League. The trend towards fining players continues with just two of the seven guilty players being banned, and one man avoiding a ban all together despite Sky pundits condemning his actions.

Injury opens NRL door for Leeming

Former Huddersfield Giants hooker Danny Levi had a gruesome injury this weekend in which he’s lost multiple teeth, some still remaining on the pitch as they couldn’t be found. With that injury comes major surgery and therefore a potential destination for Kruise Leeming, who wants out of Headingley.

Super League team hit with triple blow

With round five of the Super League season in the books there’s sadly been another spate of injuries. One team will likely head into round six without a key trio of players with seven clubs suffering blows in total.

Championship coach labels Odsal “a depressing place”

Mark Aston took his in-form Sheffield Eagles to Odsal at the weekend to face Bradford and the Eagles’ head coach has come out with some very honest statements post-match, labelling the iconic ground as “depressing” among other comments.

St Helens youngster out for five to six weeks

Paul Wellens has confirmed that standout youngster Ben Davies is set to be out for a period of five to six weeks on account of ligament damage to his ankle. The 22-year-old could also be joined by veteran Mark Percival on the sidelines with the senior centre nursing an injury.

Bateman bats away injury concerns

John Bateman made his long-awaited debut for Wests Tigers this past weekend, in which he blundered a near certain try, however it was his post-match comments that caught the attention. He’s hit back at critics who suggested he’d been injured and also explained the reasons behind his departure from Wigan.

More IMG information revealed

It’s been revealed by Matt Dwyer of IMG that promotion and relegation could still exist going forward in their plan to ‘re-imagine rugby league’. Dwyer had been speaking with Dave Woods of the BBC and has ended any talk on Super League being a ‘closed shop’. He’s also detailed why any potential new TV deal has been held up with broadcasting rights obviously key to the future of the sport.

Championship results round-up & venue change announced

The final game of the sixth round of Championship rugby league is played tonight but we saw some brilliant action over the weekend including a major upset. It’s also been announced that the fixture tonight between Batley and Barrow will not be played at either team’s stadium, a last minute venue change being confirmed by the RFL.

Attendances continue to impress in Super League

The World Cup bounce is seemingly continuing with yet more impressive attendance figures recorded across the Super League fixtures this past weekend. One game cleared the 10,000 mark whilst all bar one surpassed 5,000 fans.

Salford edge golden-point thriller

Wakefield Trinity’s winless start to the season resumed, albeit they managed to get on the scoreboard this week, as Salford built on their mammoth win over Hull FC. Far from the hammering of Hull this game saw Marc Sneyd’s drop goals beat out Mark Applegarth’s men 14-13.

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