Rugby League News – keeping you up to date with the latest news from the world of rugby league.
Here are some of the headline-grabbing stories from the last 24 hours.
Morgan Escare’s future has been doing the rounds, but in a social media post he looks content to fight for a place at the Salford Red Devils. Read more here.
Six players who disappeared
Serious About Rugby League has written an article based on six Super League who disappeared after leaving the top-flight in the UK. Among them are former Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC and Castleford Tigers fullback Jordan Tansey.
Top ten attendances
Serious About Rugby League has revealed the top ten attendances for regular round Super League games in the competition’s 26-year history.
SL owner fined
Serious About Rugby League has revealed that a Super League owner has been fined five figures for comments made earlier in the season.
Serious About Rugby League has revealed what former Super League maverick Leon Pryce has had to say on his son, Will, and his future following NRL links earlier in the year.
More Leigh signings on the way?
More signings are expected through the door at the Leigh Centurions after the confirmation of Adrian Lam as head coach, owner Derek Beaumont confirmed on Leigh TV. Leigh now have two former Super League coaches at their disposal with Chris Chester as head of rugby, too, meaning the pull for potential recruits is even greater. Read more here.
Serious About Rugby League has given an update on Harvey Livett’s future after the utility man moved to the Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2021 Super League season.
Serious About Rugby League has revealed how a ten-team Super League would look if licensing returned. The governing body has tinkered in recent years with different models of promotion and relegation.
Sam Burgess’ voicemails and text messages have been exposed by a former rival as issues with ex-wife Phoebe continue to rear their head. It follows a spat with Welsh centre Jamie Roberts after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, an argument which Wales Online previously revealed. Read more here.
Serious About Rugby League has revealed six wealthy rugby league owners who came and went over the years. One of them includes Palestinian racehorse owner Dr Marwan Koukash.
Near-death on field
Former Castleford Tigers star and current Warrington Wolves man Peter Mata’utia has revealed his near-death experience whilst playing rugby league. Him, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Suaia Matagi and Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e have recently created a Talk Your Walk podcast. Read more on the near-death experience here.
Leilua speaks out on Fev move
Joey Leilua has broken his silence for the first time following his move from the NRL to Championship side Featherstone Rovers. He will enter the boxing ring on December 10 before making the move to the UK, according to the Featherstone website. Read more on the move and why he made it here.
Luke Gale has given an honest assessment of his transfer to Hull FC after leaving the Leeds Rhinos following two seasons at the club. He has been in training for the first time this week after meeting his new teammates, Hull’s Twitter account revealed. Read more on Gale’s honesty here.
Fev chairman slams comments
Featherstone Rovers chairman Mark Campbell has slammed comments from his own fans surrounding an idea of concern. Instead, Campbell has urged supporters to get behind the club on the Featherstone website. Read more about concerns here.
New full-time officials
The RFL has announced three new full-time officials to their list, with another main referee going part-time alongside Robert Hicks. Read more here.
Liam Watts appears ready and raring to go if a social media post is anything to go by. The Castleford Tigers prop has been a mainstay of his hometown club since 2018 and has been reunited with former boss Lee Radford. Read more on Watts’ pep talk here.
Castleford Tigers’ hopes of a new stadium look to be over as the club instead intend to redevelop the Jungle. A new stadium had been in the groundworks for a number of years, but the current climate has left things at a standstill, the club website stated. Read more on the proposed redevelopment here.
Roberts speaks out
Former Castleford Tigers star Ben Roberts has spoken out about a Canterbury Bulldogs forward being given his marching orders for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more here.
Saints chairman invests
St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has invested in an independent book store in the town, with skipper James Roby also throwing help the shop’s way, according to the St Helens Star.
Serious About Rugby League has revealed just who Leon Pryce’s favourites to win the Grand Final in 2022 are. St Helens, of course, were victorious in 2021.
Unwanted Canterbury Bulldogs forward Dylan Napa has chosen his Super League destination. The Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR and Catalans Dragons had all given him offers, according to L’Independant. Read more on his choice here.
Satae on Evans
Hull FC’s Chris Satae has spoken out on his experiences with the Black and Whites’ new signing Kane Evans after the two had gone toe-to-toe back in the NRL. Satae also spoke about pre-season on the club’s website. Read more about Satae and Evans going head-to-head here.
Locke’s new club
Former Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity playmaker Kevin Locke has found a new club after recently plying his trade with Souths Logan Magpies. He also talked about the influence of tag rugby to Stuff in New Zealand. Read more on Locke’s transfer here.
Powell on Mamo
Daryl Powell has told the Warrington Guardian just why he let Jake Mamo leave Warrington. The centre has joined Powell’s former club Castleford Tigers.
Burgess ex-wife’s secrets
Sam Burgess’ ex-wife Phoebe has spoken out about apparent ‘secrets’ in an explosive interview. Phoebe has been heading into the limelight in recent times, the Daily Mail has reported, in a bid to get her story out there. Read more on the ‘secrets’ here.
Hull FC in groundbreaking initiative
Hull FC have launched their own groundbreaking initiative in an attempt to help their supporters. They have become the first Super League club to make such an offer. Read more here.
St Helens Star has revealed the latest on Morgan Knowles’ injury – the rampaging Saints forward will miss a chunk of pre-season.
Livett on Warrington exit and Marshall sacking
Serious About Rugby League has reported on Harvey Livett’s Warrington exit and what he made of Richard Marshall’s sacking. Livett moved to the Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2021 Super League season after spending 2020 on-loan at Hull KR.
The Manchester Evening News has done an interview with England international John Bateman where the Wigan Warriors star says he is determined to avenge the bad form of the 2021 Super League season. It was also revealed that him, Zak Hardaker and Liam Farrell will return to pre-season on December 6.
Matagi on prison
Ex-Wire star in new career
Former Warrington Wolves star Kurt Gidley has given an update on his social media about what role he is currently entertaining following his player retirement in 2017. The fullback played two seasons in the UK for the Wire. Read more here.
Sene-Lefao on Cas exit
Serious About Rugby League has revealed what former Castleford star Jesse Sene-Lefao has had to say about his exit from the Tigers after admitting contract talks had broken down between the two parties.
Ex-Wire half handed lifeline
Former Warrington Wolves halfback Tyrone Roberts has been handed a shock lifeline that could see him kickstart his career in first grade rugby league. He had been plying his trade with the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup, but has been included in a Fox Sports roster. Read more here.
Ex-Cas fullback reveals all
Former Castleford Tigers fullback Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e has revealed on the Talk Your Walk podcast that he would have stayed at the Jungle if it had not been for this reason. QLT played just nine games for the Tigers in 2018. Read more on his exit here.
Luke Thompson’s future has been made clear after Canterbury Bulldogs teammate John Asiata had his contract terminated due to his refusal to take the Covid-19 vaccine, the Daily Telegraph reported. Read more on Thompson’s future here.
Naiqama’s new club
Kevin Naiqama has found a new club after leaving St Helens at the end of the 2021 season. The Fijian centre had flirted with retirement as the Fiji Times has reported but looks to have signed elsewhere. Read more here.