Rugby League News: Cas lose halfback to rivals, Hardaker and Bateman latest, Saints given ultimatum by rival chief & prison experience for SL forward

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.

Trueman future

Jake Trueman’s agent last week spoke out on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast about it being ‘disrespectful’ of the halfback being linked elsewhere. He mentioned five clubs that have apparently been chasing him, but it has since gone quiet as Castleford head into their second week of pre-season. Read more about what was said by his agent here.

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.

Bateman determined

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

Current Castleford Tigers strike weapon Suaia Matagi has opened up on his new podcast, Talk Your Walk, about his past experiences in prison and gang culture. Read more here.

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.

Sinfield’s progress

Serious About Rugby League has written an article on Kevin Sinfield’s latest incredible fund-raising effort in aid of friend Rob Burrow and the MND Association. You can track his progress here as he enters the final stretch.

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.

Cas lose halfback

Castleford Tigers have lost highly-rated halfback Adam Rusling to Super League rivals Hull KR, the latter’s website revealed. He played just one game for the Tigers in 2021, and will be thrust into the Robins’ reserves side for 2022. 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.

Salford taunt rivals

Salford Red Devils have taunted a Super League rival over the release of the Magic Weekend fixtures on their Twitter account. The competition is back up in the north east at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. Read more on Salford firing shots here.

Hurrell in meeting

Konrad Hurrell has shared his first meeting at St Helens with another of the club’s new signings on his social media. Hurrell has signed a one-year deal after joining from Leeds Rhinos. Read more here.

Reported SL and Fev target in major fight

The sensational linking of NRL star Joey Leilua to Featherstone Rovers hit the headlines last week following weeks of rumours of a Super League move, but speculation refuses to go away as the powerhouse 29-year-old prepares for a major fight after posting on social media. Read more here.

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.

Sene-Lefao in SL switch

Serious About Rugby League has revealed just how close Jesse Sene-Lefao came to joining another Super League club, before eventually moving to Featherstone Rovers.

Lam rejected two others

It was confirmed by Adrian Lam, after speaking on Leigh TV, that he turned down two offers to join the Leigh Centurions. He had formerly been Wigan Warriors head coach for three seasons. Read more here.

Pryce future

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.

Fifita app

Andrew Fifita has launched his groundbreaking app ‘Croo’ which is set to revolutionise how people document their mental health, if they don’t necessarily want to tell anyone face-to-face. Read more here.

Door open for NRL return

A new Wigan signing has left the door open for a potential NRL return after signing a two-year deal at the Warriors, but with an all-important clause in that contract. Read more here.

Penrith ultimatum Saints

Penrith Panthers have effectively given St Helens an ultimatum: come to Australia or we won’t play the World Club Challenge, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The competition did not go ahead in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Magic Weekend confirmed

The Magic Weekend dates, venues and fixtures have all been announced by Super League with some surprise ties in there. The competition was held at St James’ Park in 2021 with a much later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Moa returns

Sam Moa has returned to Super League to take up a coaching role, that club website has revealed.. The rampaging forward formerly played for Hull FC and Catalans Dragons in the top-flight. Read more here.

Dwyer update

Brad Dwyer has posted an update ahead of his new season with the Leeds Rhinos on social media. He is still out of contract at the end of 2022. Read more here.

Thompson future

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.

Moneymakers

Serious About Rugby League has released an article detailing how all 12 Super League owners made their money! From Adam Pearson at Hull FC, to Gary Hetherington and Paul Caddick at the Leeds Rhinos, there are some great finds.

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