RL News: Two Super League players on the move, Super League forward banned and Wigan star out for two months

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

Wigan hit with huge injury blow to star

Wigan had a generally successful night on Thursday when the defeated Leigh in the so-called ‘Battle of the Borough’ winning 34-6, despite going behind and a man down early on. Despite the two points they also left Leigh Sports Village with an injury to star full-back Jai Field and Matt Peet has now confirmed the extent of the injury, and it’s not good news for Wigan fans.

Burgess on Wigan switch and “regret”

George Burgess is one of the few exceptional English forwards that made it in the NRL over the last decade but his stint in Super League wasn’t as illustrious. He’s revealed all on his time with Wigan including that he should have got help and the mentality that he had when arriving in England. He also explained how close twin brother Tom was to signing with a Super League side before the switch to the NRL, in a move that could have had a huge impact on Super League history.

Rob Burrow’s Coronation Street visit

Rob Burrow has been a talisman for the MND community to cling to with his story helping raise nationwide awareness of the incurable disease. Of course his story has been amplified by the amazing fundraising around him but now Burrow takes on a new role, helping to advise on the storyline of the world’s longest running soap to further raise awareness.

Aussie journos warns of sport’s extinction

Rugby league is the game we love but it’s certainly one that has it’s troubles at times however one Australian journalist has gone a step further, suggesting that the sport “might not have long to live” at all. Andrew Webster has made the worrying claim as Chief Sports Editor on the Age.

Record attendances set to tumble this weekend

This coming weekend has been marketed by Super League as ‘Rivals Round’ and features an incredible set of fixtures, including a stellar Friday. On Friday we see the Hull derby and then the Good Friday derby and it’s expected both games will record over 20,000 in attendance, with plenty of other potential records set to fall. The attendance this season thus far has already been brilliant, so a successful rivals round is to be expected, especially after a record fell in round seven.

Five charged by disciplinary panel

Following round seven of Super League a total of five players have been charged but astonishingly four of them represent Wigan. Five others have avoided punishment despite late hits, whilst all details surrounding charges can be found here.

Challenge Cup Round-up

The fourth round of the Challenge Cup took place this weekend and it threw up a huge upset, one that’s prompted a major reaction from one team’s boss. All the results and reports can be found here, whilst confirmation of the round five draw is also here.

Huddersfield send another loanee to Super League rival

Huddersfield Giants have loaned out multiple players already this season and it’s the same team in the market for their talent once again. This time Nathan Mason has switched the John Smith’s for Belle Vue, following suit of Sam Hewitt and Innes Senior.

Super League injury and performance round-up

There’s been some big injury news following round seven of Super League with one side set to miss a star player for a considerable period of time. That same team also featured heavily in our team of the week in which five separate teams feature.

Championship side add Super League veteran whilst another aim to

Halifax Panthers have recruited Ryan Lannon from Salford Red Devils in a deal that sees Lannon return to the Shay until at least the end of the season. Lannon had made 88 appearances in Super League, 82 of those with Salford, but returns to Halifax for an undisclosed fee. Meanwhile another Championship squad have been put on blast following a Challenge Cup defeat with their coach stating he’ll be “ringing around” looking for replacements.

Hardaker explains infamous fight with student

Zak Hardaker is one of the most entertaining players in Super League still but back in his prime he was absolutely electric, as exemplified by his 2015 Man of Steel winning season. Despite his talent it’s been up-and-down in his career off the field and he’s now revealed all surrounding the infamous fight with a student that saw him potentially facing two years in prison.

Former England man to star in rugby league movie

George Burgess became the third of four Burgess brothers to retire late last year but it seems he already has a new career on track, revealing that he’s becoming an actor. Under the guidance of Rabbitoh’s and film legend Russell Crowe he’s heading to the big screen and has revealed plans for a rugby league origins movie.

Josh Reynolds recieves huge praise

It didn’t work out for Josh Reynolds during his stint in Super League but the story of his return to the NRL is one that is almost a superhero story. Returning to Canterbury to act as an advisor he’s now made his second NRL debut and earned huge plaudits from his coach in the process. He also explained how he almost got on the wrong side of the ref in his first game back.

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