Below is a round-up of all the biggest rumours and gossip from the world of rugby league over the past week.
Injury fades reported NRL dreams
It was reported at the beginning of February that Wakefield Trinity youngster Lewis Murphy was subject to a big bid by the Sydney Roosters and therefore a major switch to the NRL. Talk died down and then the Roosters swooped in for another talented English youngster by agreeing to sign Dom Young for 2024 onwards. Pairing this with the news today that Murphy will miss the rest of the season suggests that any potential move could be off the cards.
Lee Radford NRL bound?
Having parted ways with Castleford Tigers there’s plenty of potential suitors for Lee Radford, after all he was one of the coaches who helped guide Samoa to the World Cup Final. There’s even interest from the NRL it seems, as reported here.
Burgess closes in on contract
Tom Burgess is the last remaining Burgess and there had been suggestions he would switch to Super League to see out his career, with strong hints that he’d like to play for Leeds Rhinos. He’s recently given an interview at the team training ground suggesting he will be re-signing with the Rabbitohs, citing the influence of his brother Sam joining the training staff as being a factor.
Two declare interest for Tigers job
The race to become the next Castleford Tigers boss seems to be heating up as there’s been one public declaration on radio today appealing for the job, whilst a former Super League player has spoke with Serious About Rugby League about taking the role on.
“Generational talent” tipped for code switch
Samoan World Cup star Joseph Suaali’i is subject to big money offers from both league and union. Suaali’i currently plays for Sydney Roosters but Trent Robinson’s side are tight on their cap space, and are already stacked at full-back considering they have both James Tedesco and Joey Manu. Zero Tackle have reported he will remain until at least the end of 2023, which has put off Australian rugby union boss Eddie Jones.
NRL duo tipped for Super League switch
With the NRL season now underway the Sydney Morning Herald have compiled a list of the biggest stars who remain without a club. Within that list they’ve touted two players to make a switch to Super League, one of whom had reportedly been heavily pursued this off-season.
Jones targets Rabbitohs captain
Eddie Jones’ love of the NRL is no secret and when he assumed the role of Australian rugby unio head coach it was suggested he’d raid the 13-man code for talent. Since then he’s been knocked back by wonder-kid Joseph Suaali’i, but his attention has now turned to Rabbitohs skipper Cameron Murray, per the Sydney Morning Herald.