Rugby League News: Channel 4 future, Sutcliffe abuse, Hastings’ brilliant move & Super League sides hunting Luke Thompson?

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…

Channel 4 future and video referees

The future of Channel 4 within rugby league is apparently looking rosy according to the Manchester Evening News. Super League’s Chief Commercial Officer Rhodri Jones said: “It’s been a very good start and we’ll see towards the end of the year how successful it’s been but the hierarchy at Channel 4 are happy. For their 16-34 age group, it pulls in huge numbers compared to the normal programming in that slow so fingers crossed we can carry on delivering.

Second to that meeting held by Super League, interim chairman Ken Davy wants to see the video referee adopted in every game going forward if possible, according to Yorkshire Live.

Sutcliffe on fan abuse

Liam Sutcliffe has told Leeds Live that it ‘hurts’ when the Leeds Rhinos players get booed for poor performances as has been the case for much of 2022 so far. Sutcliffe said: “They’re entitled to their opinion, it hurts if they think that, nobody goes out there not to put effort in and everyone goes out there trying their best, it’s just not coming off for us at the moment.”

Leeds Live have also done a piece on Jack Broadbent, whose future at the club is now uncertain after contract talks stalled.

Jones’ head investigation and Watson’s view

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson said in his pre-match press conference that star forward Josh Jones has been sent to a number of investigations for his head after a bad concussion incident in February. Jones has missed the whole of March with the problem. Read more here.

Watson also spoke of the desire for a Championship side from this area to earn promotion to Super League. Read more here.

Continuing with Huddersfield, George Roby has headed to a new club on-loan. Read more here.

Salford deal

Salford Red Devils have made a groundbreaking deal which is the first of its kind in Super League.

The club themselves are away at Wakefield Trinity on Sunday afternoon. Read more on the deal they have struck here.

Hull KR and Hull FC brilliant news

Last night, Hull KR released some brilliant news for the club ahead of what will be a testing time with the Easter period. Rovers are also in the Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals just to add to the feel-good atmosphere around Craven Park. Read more about the major news here.

Not to be outdone by their city rivals, Hull FC also announced some brilliant news for the club. Read more here.

Richardson limelight

Castleford Tigers halfback and long-wounded star Danny Richardson has been involved in a major update.

The former St Helens number 7 suffered a horror fractured neck earlier in the season in round one against Salford Red Devils. Read more on his news here.

Another Rhino out

Another Leeds Rhinos star has been given a devastating blow following the latest round of bad news for the West Yorkshire club.

It means three of their team are now on crutches. Read more on the news here.

Burrow’s brilliance

Not only is Rob Burrow an incredible sportsman and role model, his family have also been key in raising as much awareness as possible about Motor Neurone Disease.

Now, there has been major news on that. Read more here.

Cornwall sign ex-Leeds man

Cornwall RLFC have added two more signings to their roster ahead of their inaugural season in League 1 under Neil Kelly.

One of them is a former Leeds man who will be familiar to many faces. Read more here.

Hastings’ brilliant move

Ex-Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils star Jackson Hastings has been making waves for his new club in the NRL, Wests Tigers.

However, he has been in Fox Sports recently following a brilliant move that he conjured up himself. Read more here.

Thompson to SL?

Former St Helens heavyweight Luke Thompson has set the ball rolling for a potential return to Super League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

He has spent just two seasons at the Canterbury Bulldogs, but who will bring him back? Read more here.

Ganson on referee mistakes

Steve Ganson was present on the Sin Bin podcast on Wednesday going through the list of disciplinary issues from the past month.

The former referee also spoke about the mistakes that some referees have made. Read more here.

Alzheimer diagnosis

A former Warrington and Wigan halfback has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

There will be a charity night for him, according to the Leigh Journal, as those close to him try to raise money for the charity. Read more on the diagnosis here.

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