Rugby League News: Castleford make shock RFL request, Hardaker latest, Kendall controversy & Hodgson speaks out on Gale ban

Rugby League News – keeping you up to date with the latest news from the world of rugby league.

It has been a busy 24 hours with major stories breaking from Super League and the NRL.

Here is a round-up of everything that has happened…

Hardaker latest

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Leeds Rhinos CEO Gary Hetherington has given an update on his club’s loan situation.

It comes in the wake of Hetherington discussing a potential move for Wigan Warriors’ Zak Hardaker. Read more here.

Poching’s son

Wakefield Trinity boss Willie Poching isn’t the only Poching in the game – his son Kobe is also present in rugby league.

And, he will be making his professional debut this weekend – but not for Wakefield. Read more here.

Hodgson on Gale and Fash charged

Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson has spoken out against the charge handed to Brad Fash and the ban given to Luke Gale.

Hodgson told the Yorkshire Post: “I don’t think there was any intent at all but it was very difficult to challenge,” said Hodgson on Gale.” He also said this on Fash: “We looked at the footage and it didn’t look like he clamped down with his jaw on Minchella’s hand in any way.”

Hastings backed for major move

Wests Tigers star Jackson Hastings has been backed for a major move following his exploits at the weekend against Parramatta Eels, according to Fox Sports.

Hastings kicked the winning drop-goal to hand Wests their first win of the 2022 NRL campaign. Read more here.

Minchella on Smith

Hull KR star Elliot Minchella signed a huge new long-term deal at Hull KR yesterday in a brilliant move for the club.

In his first interview since signing, Minchella also referenced the departure of Tony Smith and the effect. Read more here.

Whitehead’s horror injury

Canberra Raiders and ex-Super League star Elliott Whitehead suffered a horrific injury during training with the Raiders.

It was so bad that he had to be rushed to emergency surgery! See the awful events here.

Williams and Fages latest

There has been an update on both Warrington Wolves’ George Williams and Huddersfield Giants’ Theo Fages.

Warrington play Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon as both go into the fixture on the back of defeat. Read more on Williams and Fages here.

Evalds’ replacement

Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford has spoken to BBC Radio Leeds about who will replace fullback Niall Evalds.

The Tigers are aiming to build on a two-game winning run as they host St Helens tonight. Read more here.

Coote and Johnstone latest

There has also been an update on both Hull KR’s Lachlan Coote and Wakefield Trinity’s Tom Johnstone.

Hull KR play Wakefield on Saturday afternoon with Trinity desperately needing a win. Read more on Coote and Johnstone here.

Cas make request to RFL

Castleford Tigers have made a shock request to the RFL to drop their women’s side down a league. It follows in the wake of a loss of all of their stars who were present when the Tigers made down the Challenge Cup and Grand Final. Read more here.

On Castleford, one of their former heroes, Luke Gale, has been speaking to the Jacuzzi Performance podcast all about his stay at the club. Read more here.

Norman turned down UK club

New Toulouse Olympique signing Corey Norman may well have been in the UK game sooner had this move gone through.

Serious About Rugby League can exclusively reveal which club the halfback rejected. Read more here.

Eight-match ban?

There could well be another eight-match ban on the horizon in rugby league if a tribunal finds a Grade E charge punching guilty.

Sam Powell was already banned for six games earlier in the week, but could this be more? Read more here.

Taylor bombshell

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has told the Hull FC website about the club’s latest injury problems with nine on the sidelines.

However, there has been a major surprise on Scott Taylor – who has missed the whole of the season so far. Read more here.

Beaumont on Kheirallah

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont has spoken out against claims on new Featherstone Rovers signing Mark Kheirallah.

Beaumont took to Twitter to verbally wrestle with a Featherstone fan. Read more here.

Smith reveals when

New Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith has revealed when he will arrive in Leeds to take over the reins.

The former Bradford Bulls boss also spoke about a potential link-up with Tony Smith at Headingley. Read more here.

Refereeing appointments surprise

The latest refereeing appointments have been revealed and there has been one surprise appointment – or lack of – following last week’s games.

There is surprise news on Chris Kendall – the man in charge of Hull FC’s win over Warrington Wolves. Read more here.

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