RL News: Two players leave Wigan, star signing faces lengthy ban and Warrington CEO reveals

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

Wire’s World Cup winning signing could receive six-game ban

It caused confusion among fans and players when Josh McGuire was sent off during Ben Currie’s testimonial on Saturday. He’s since been hit with a Grade F charge, something that will now head to the Operational Rules Tribunal, on the offence of verbal abuse which carries a ban of six or more games. When that verdict is delivered is another matter. McGuire also detailed the horrific injury which has left him blind in one eye.

Rovers star fined but Rhino escapes punishment

The Hull KR and Leeds game saw three yellows but only one has been acted upon by the disciplinary team. Lachlan Coote has copped a fine, part of the RFL’s new disciplinary process, whilst both Aidan Sezer and Coote’s teammate Minchella have escaped any punishment.

Rhinos star reveals who he aims to emulate and weighs in an captaincy debate

Cam Smith is fast becoming one of the best loose forwards in the game but who was the man he modelled his game on? He’s revealed that whilst also weighing in on Leeds’ new captaincy ethos, something Rohan Smith has also explained.

IMG reveal key are for rugby league

The sport is being taken over and managed by IMG who are utilising their ‘reimagining rugby league’ philosophy to commercialise the sport. They’ve now revealed one key area that they’ve identified and can be targeted for 2023 onwards.

Warrington receive forward pack blow with broken hand for new signing

The Wolves heavily invested in their pack for 2023 with NRL duo Josh McGuire and Paul Vaughan arriving and following Catalans pair Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson. The latter of those has now broken his hand and it’s been revealed the Welshman will miss at least four weeks.

Leeds youngster to miss all of 2023

Rohan Smith has just lost one young centre with Levi Edwards leaving the club, however he’s set to be without another for 2023. He revealed that Max Simpson has suffered an injury during pre-season that will rule the 18-year-old for the full 2023 campaign.

When will the current TV deals expire

With the sport under the spotlight commercially at the moment it makes sense to take a look at where we are at now, so we’re previewed and detailed what the current state of play is with all broadcasting rights.

Two more Wigan youngsters leave on short-term loans

Just a day after a duo headed to the London Broncos from the DW, another pair of youngsters have left but this time they’re heading north on short term deals on the eve of the Super League campaign.

Daryl Powell wants to silence rival fans and former player compares Powell to current boss

“It’s Warrington’s year” is the common jibe that Wire fans get because every year they do look so hopeful and talented, but it’s become a joke for rival fans and it’s one Powell intends to silence. As for a former player of his, Paul McShane, he’s discussed how the current Wire boss compares to his current coach Lee Radford.

Wire CEO talks ‘abuse’ from 2022 with club also set to host World Record attempt during season opener

The 2022 campaign was one to forget for Warrington as they finished 11th in the table and genuinely flirted with relegation at times. CEO Karl Fitzpatrick has revealed how that took it’s toll, and with the season a week away they’ve announced some world record-breaking entertainment.

Huddersfield Giants – Connor return date and if they do have ‘the best squad in the league’

Jake Connor has made a splash signing at the John Smith’s Stadium but at present he’s currently injured. Coach Ian Watson reveals when we could see the talented play-maker return, whilst a teammate has supported Connor’s infamous statement of intent when he declared the Giants as “best squad in the league”.

Sky to broadcast all three Grand Finals

Sky Sports has been he home of Super League since it’s inception and that’s to continue in 2023 with the broadcasters once again committing to airing the men’s, women’s and wheelchair Grand Finals as part of their deal.

Powell utilising youth in final pre-season game but three big names given chance

Their opening game might be just six days away but Warrington Wolves are playing tonight with North Wales Crusaders visiting the Halliwell Jones. It’s a chance for youth to flourish but the boss has also added in three big names who have a final chance to impress him.

Former Castleford Tigers youngster picks up injured in NRL pre-season trials

Bailey Hodgson, nephew of hooker Josh Hodgson, was set for a game on the big stage with his Newcastle Knights debut televised on Sky Sports. The former Tiger was playing alongside Jackson Hastings but sadly limped off injured.

Why NRL talent opted for Super League switch and rejected NRL

Tom Opacic has looked electric in pre-season and the Australian centre has now expressed that he had plenty of options to remain in the NRL. Headed to the Grand Final with Parramatta last year he’s a talent that it’s great to see in Super League and he’s revealed why he made the move.

Wakefield boss remains firm on star’s NRL rumour and relegation speculation

Lewis Murphy will need to replicate, if not improve, his form of 2022 for Wakefield to have a successful season but he’s currently rumoured to be a target for the Sydney Roosters, something head coach Mark Applegarth has swept aside. The young boss also stamped out relegation claims stating Trinity are “in a good place.”

Ex-Hull FC man reveals “regret” over Super League stint

Josh Reynolds arrived on Humberside with reports of huge money however the Australian failed to capture the imagines of the fans or the form that warranted that wage. Ultimately his deal was cut short and he’s revealed all on his time in England.

Hull KR talent touted for England call-up

Willie Peters has spoken about the depth added to his middle unit and it makes sense given the arrival of two NRL stars. He’s also highlighted James Batchelor for praise, going as far to suggest he should be in Shaun Wane’s mind for an England call-up.

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