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Here are some of the headline-grabbing stories from the last 24 hours.
Cas new signing?
Serious About Rugby League noticed an extra player in Castleford Tigers’ pre-season training that hasn’t been seen before on the Tigers’ social media page. Could this be Lee Radford’s tenth recruit of the off-season? See the photo in the link here.
Ex-SL referee in legal case
Former Super League and NRL referee Tim Roby is currently in a legal case against his former officiating boss in the NRL, Bernard Sutton. The Sydney Morning Herald revealed Roby’s case was initially dismissed. Read more on the law case and why it’s been taken so far here.
Ex-rugby union player in Super League move
The Leicester Tigers have confirmed that Matt Parr will be joining Catalans Dragons in a coaching role, the club website revealed. The Tigers are the club which Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield joined as defence coach. Read more on Parr’s destination here.
Powell on recruitment
The Warrington Guardian has revealed that new head coach Daryl Powell is happy with his side’s squad and will not be heading into the transfer market again.
Serious About Rugby League has revealed the five most heroic performances in Super League history, including a testicle loss and teeth embedded in an arm!
Serious About Rugby League has revealed the best ten kits in Super League history.
Wigan Today has revealed that Wigan Athletic have been responsible for helping coax World Cup organisers into games at the Warriors’ DW Stadium.
Cas duo’s future
The future of Castleford Tigers duo Jake Trueman and Danny Richardson have had question marks next to them in 2021, with the latter speaking on the Trot The Egg In podcast about his move to Castleford. Read more on the futures of Trueman and Richardson here.
There has been a new twist in the future of former St Helens forward Luke Thompson. His pay packet at the Canterbury Bulldogs has been revealed by the Daily Telegraph, but there appears more to the situation. Read more on his future here.
Lee Briers has reacted to his son leaving the Warrington Wolves and joining League 1 side North Wales Crusaders. Briers himself left the club after 25 years. Read more on Briers’ reaction here.
Fev sign playmaker
Featherstone Rovers have added to their squad next season with the signing of a new playmaker. Rovers already have the likes of Tom Holmes and Dane Chisholm at the club. Read more on the new signing here.
Bradford Bulls are set to sign four more players, according to head coach John Kear who spoke on West Yorkshire Radio Rugby League. One of those is expected to be a Leeds Rhinos starlet. Read more here.
Two other clubs in for Richardson
Danny Richardson has himself admitted that two other club were in for him before he signed at the Castleford Tigers. He recently conducted an interview on the Trot The Egg In podcast detailing his upbringing etc. Read more on the two clubs who offered him here.
Serious About Rugby League has reported on Danny Walker’s future. The wily hooker has been at Warrington since 2019 after joining from Widnes Vikings.
Catalans major signing
Catalans Dragons are set to make a major signing ahead of the 2022 Super League season. Sky Sports last week reported on the club signing Dylan Napa, but another is expected to follow. Read more on the new signing here.
Cas, Featherstone and Wakefield statements
Serious About Rugby League has reported on the statements made by Castleford, Featherstone and Wakefield in the wake of the council decision, granting each club millions of pounds.
Bulls spending plan and finances
Bradford Bulls head coach John Kear has given the latest on the club’s spending plan and finances ahead of the new 2022 Championship season. Kear was live on West Yorkshire Radio Rugby League. Read more on the financial outlook and plan here.
Gildart and Thompson
Serious About Rugby League has reported on Oliver Gildart and Luke Thompson meeting and fuelling the fire of a potential move. It was first announced by Channel 9 that Gildart and Thompson had spoken ahead of the former’s move to Wigan.
Liam Sutcliffe suffered a serious knee injury in August of this year and has been on the mend ever since. But, he has made a major step forward. Read more here.
James Graham has told the Physio Spill how an off-field incident sparked a move back to St Helens in 2020. He joined midway through the year and helped Saints to a Grand Final win.
Head coaches under pressure
Serious About Rugby League has written an article on the three head coaches that are under the most pressure.
Jarryd Hayne is set to launch his prison escape bid after being sentenced to more than five years in prison for non-consensual oral and digital sex, a court has heard. He has also appointed a new lawyer, the Daily Telegraph has revealed. Read more here.
Beaumont speaks out
Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont has spoken out against a fan who questioned the club’s recruitment policy. Yesterday, the club announced the signing of an international three-quarter on their website. Read more on the signing and Beaumont’s response to the fan here.
Saints legend to return
St Helens legend Keiron Pickavance will be returning to play in Tommy Makinson’s testimonial game, despite being the ripe old age of 66, the St Helens Star has reported. Pickavance played for St Helens between 1976 and 1980.
Depression and suicidal thoughts
A former Super League and Salford Red Devils winger has opened up on his depression, alcohol problem and suicidal thoughts in a tell-all interview. He is also now a pro-wrestler, the Daily Telegraph has revealed. Read more on his story here.
Marshall for Subway
Benji Marshall has been snapped in a quite remarkable charity event, running on the streets of Sydney to raise awareness with Subway. Read more here.
Burgess in fight
Sam Burgess could be set to take on former Cronulla Sharks heavyweight boxer Paul Gallen in a fight in February. The ex-South Sydney Rabbitohs enforcer has recently just returned to Sydney after trips to Thailand and Malta, the Daily Telegraph has revealed. Read more here on the proposed fight here.
Serious About Rugby League has revealed just why Castleford Tigers were rejected in favour of Hull KR for a highly-rated signing.
The Hull Daily Mail has revealed that Black and Whites forward Andre Savelio didn’t even consider leaving FC, despite having offers from elsewhere.
NRL halfback future for SL?
An NRL halfback could be heading for Super League after being told by his club that he is earning too much, after his wage was revealed by the Daily Telegraph.
Magic Weekend venues
Serious About Rugby League has ranked all previous Magic Weekend venues as the showpiece event prepares for a return to Newcastle in 2022.
Sam Powell’s future has been made clear cut after spending all of his career in Super League with the Wigan Warriors. Read more about the update here.
Serious About Rugby League has revealed just what Tom Johnstone thinks about the change in coach at Wakefield Trinity. Chris Chester was sacked midway through 2021 after a run of defeats, as Willie Poching replaced him permanently.
RL structure future and Leeds finances
Gary Hetherington has told League Express what he and the rest of the structure examining group have been doing – though there is nothing in concrete just yet, despite the idea of a ten-team Super League doing the rounds. Hetherington also explained how COVID-19 made the financial outlook at Leeds look bleak and calls on sponsors for extra support.