Rugby League News: Connor problem, Castleford rejected for Hull KR, Tony Smith’s new club & Koukash’s return to shock club?

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…

Connor big decision

It’s safe to say that Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson was unhappy with his side’s performance in their thrashing by Castleford Tigers last Friday night. Hodgson went in on his side and revealed a big decision on maverick Jake Connor. Read more here.

In that game, however, Castleford suffered yet another major blow. Read more here.

Star collapses

League Express has revealed that Toulouse Olympique star Olly Ashall-Bott collapsed after his side’s loss against Salford Red Devils on Saturday. Toulouse boss Sylvain Houles said: “Olly was suffering from exhaustion; the conditions were very hot and he had worked very hard in the match.”

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara has also slammed Huddersfield Giants of ‘disrespect’ following comments made in an IMG meeting, whilst Leeds Rhinos CEO has launched a staunch defence of French rugby league.

Poching wants rule change

Wakefield Trinity boss Willie Poching went in on this rule following his side’s 13-12 heartbreaking loss to St Helens yesterday.

Wakefield were winning for most of the game before Saints put on a late rally. Read more here.

SL Team of the Week

Following the weekend’s action, Serious About Rugby League has revealed its Team of the Week.

Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and St Helens dominated as Saints extended their ascendancy at the top of Super League. Read more here.

Qareqare’s new club

Castleford Tigers star Jason Qareqare has found a new club for the short-term future after appearing in a number of games for the Tigers in 2022.

Qareqare burst onto the scene in 2021, but would have been hoping for more game time in 2022. Read more here.

Burgess’ major transfer?

Former Wigan Warriors star George Burgess is reportedly set for a major transfer, according to News Corp.

The prop is currently at St George Illawarra Dragons but could move on after checking himself into rehab. Read more here.

Flanagan turned down SL

Bradford Bulls’ teenage sensation George Flanagan Jnr has told Rugby League Live that he turned down Super League interest.

The teenager is the son of veteran hooker George Flanagan who took to the field at the weekend.

Hardaker’s future

Leeds Rhinos star Zak Hardaker’s future has revealed as having a bizarre Hull FC link in there.

Hardaker rejoined Leeds earlier this year after leaving the Wigan Warriors to be nearer home. Read more here.

Brough’s new move

Former Wakefield Trinity and Hull FC star Danny Brough has found a shock new coaching role.

The ex-halfback told Serious About Rugby League all about the move and spoke honestly about what is in store for him. Read more here.

Leeds man out for season?

Could Leeds Rhinos man Max Simpson be out for the rest of the season?

League Express has reported that could be the case after suffering a ligament tear in his ankle.

O’Neill’s next move

Former Castleford Tigers forward Jacques O’Neill has seemingly confirmed his next move.

O’Neill, of course, exited the Love Island villa last week after breaking down in tear. Read more here.

Gale’s shock move

Is Hull FC’s Luke Gale set for a shock move? The halfback has been under pressure in 2022 so far following some dismal Hull results.

However, the veteran has tried to guide a number of players that look bereft of any confidence. Read more here.

Huddersfield in for major SL rival

Huddersfield Giants are in for a major Super League rival, according to head coach Ian Watson.

Watson brought in former St Helens star Kevin Naiqama last Friday with no one expecting the deal. Read more here.

Leeds lose man to rivals

Leeds Rhinos have lost one of their forwards to Wakefield Trinity with Willie Poching’s side under relegation pressure. Meanwhile, the Rhinos are continuing their recruitment drive with that of James McDonnell from the Wigan Warriors. Read more here.

A leading rugby league agent also believes that the Rhinos are primed for five big exits in a bid to free up cap space. Read more here.

Cas rejected for KR

Castleford Tigers have been rejected for Hull KR in what was a major deal for a ‘wonderkid.’

Serious About Rugby League has revealed the ins and outs and why KR were favoured over a move to the Jungle. Read more here.

Hargreaves blow

Friends of former St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls forward Bryn Hargreaves have issued a major plea following fears he won’t be found.

It follows the hiring of a private investigator as well as an increasing fundraising plea. Read more here.

Wilkin and Wells slam bizarre decision

Sky Sports pundits Jon Wilkin and Jon Wells have slammed a bizarre decision that occurred over the weekend.

It’s fair to say that the decision was incorrect and there has since been an apology. Read more here.

Smith’s new club?

Is former Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos boss Tony Smith heading for this club?

Smith was infamously sacked at the beginning of this month after a run of bad results. Read more here.

Koukash to return?

Is former Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash heading for a rugby league return?

It’s a move that has been touted for a number of months as the Palestinian billionaire continues to be linked with a return to this club. Read more here.

Richardson to SL rivals?

Could Castleford Tigers halfback Danny Richardson be heading for a Super League rival?

Serious About Rugby League has broached the potential idea following an incredible increase in form under Lee Radford. Read more here.

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