RL News: Wakefield make signing, Salford star leaves club and Hull FC humiliated

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

Tomkins announces shock retirement

Sam Tomkins is one of the best British players of the past 15 years however he has now called time on his career, announcing he will retire at the end of 2023. The England captain made the announcement on Sky Sports and went on to explain the reasons behind the surprise decision.

Leopards stun Saints

Leigh beat St Helens in a huge upset when they scored 20 unanswered points to defeat the four time consecutive champions. The highlight of the match came with the Zak Hardaker try to take the lead and let to jubilant celebrations after the game.

Hull FC humiliated

Salford Red Devils went to the MKM stadium and put on a show as they embarrassed Tony Smith’s Hull FC side. Salford’s spine tore FC apart and Michael Shenton has outlined the struggles Smith’s side could face in the immediate future.

Castleford finances examined

Following their embarrassing loss to Huddersfield there was plenty to say about Castleford, Jon Wilkin suggested the squad should be ‘ripped to bits’ but Jon Wells discussed the reason why both Powell and Radford left, suggesting finances kill the clubs hopes.

Results round-up

Leeds and Wakefield saw a scoreless first half but the Rhinos found their way in the second-half to register a second successive win. Similarly Huddersfield got a second win in a row against the toothless Tigers, whilst Warrington and Hull KR had a closely fought match at Craven Park.

How social media reacted to Saints loss

Huge results means huge reactions and that’s highlighted more so with social media. Following Leigh’s incredible win over St Helens there was plenty of people with plenty to say, some going as far to call it “the downfall of St Helens”.

Vital loan signing for Super League side

Wakefield have had a poor start to the season and in fact haven’t scored in their last three games. They’ll be hoping for some reaction next week and they’ve brought in a loan signing to help them try kickstart their season.

Wilkin talks Tigers coaching decisions

Jon Wilkin was on punditry duty for Castleford’s game against Huddersfield and he’s revealed his belief that Lee Radford had a job already lined up, something that triggered his early departure. The former Saints captain also highlighted some surprising names that could replace Radford.

Wellens holds hands up following defeats

Paul Wellens started his Saints coaching career in the best possible fashion beating Penrith but with two back to back defeats he’s come out and taken all responsibility. Despite that admission he’s still had his say on a crucial officiating decision that changed the game.

Salford and Sarginson part ways

Salford Red Devils played today but they made a shock announcement prior to the game that Dan Sarginson was to leave the club with immediate effect. The release of Sarginson grants the Red Devils an important extra quota spot.

Super League star signs new contract

Huddersfield have assembled an incredibly deep and talented squad and a foundation of that is quality young players. They’ve announced that Matty English has signed a new three-year deal which is a huge boost for them, with English having come through the Giants academy and now extending his stay.

Powell named coach of the month

Warrington Wolves had a terrible 2022 which made their impressive performances to start 2023 all the more impressive. Warrington have kicked off with a record of four from four with the first two of those wins coming in February, the month which Powell has earned the award of coach of the month.

Championship club slam ‘unfair’ IMG proposal

Keighley Cougars earned promotion to the Championship in brilliant style as they won the 2022 League One title in invincible fashion. They’re clearly a club with aspirations but following the IMG proposals their owners have released a major statement.

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