Rugby League News: Favourite for Leeds job, Channel 4 blow, Radford unhappy & Leigh man for Super League?

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…

Favourite for Leeds job

The favourite for the Leeds Rhinos head coaching job has been revealed from Super League sponsors Betfred.

It follows the news that Richard Agar stood down yesterday morning. There are also some surprise candidates in the odds. Read more here.

Radford unhappy

Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford spoke after his side’s defeat to Wigan Warriors about being unhappy on the timing of the RFL meeting tomorrow.

Radford said it should have been made earlier in the season or even last year. Read more here.

Leigh man for Super League?

Watching Premier Sports in 2022 has brought up one particular player – Nene MacDonald from Leigh Centurions.

He was in inspired form again for the Lancashire club last night in Leigh’s victory over Halifax and both Premier Sports pundits Kevin Brown and Leon Pryce believed Super League clubs would come in for him. Read more here.

Widdop’s charity work

The Sun has done a brilliant piece on Gareth Widdop and the charity work that he did back home in Australia.

“I’ve a couple of mates who run Clontarf close to where I live in the Illawarra area. One of whom, Vili Sirilo, I’ve kept in touch with ever since my days as a junior at Melbourne Storm. He asked if I could help and I jumped at the chance. I got involved and saw a lot of disadvantaged families – broken homes who don’t have either a mother or a father around. Just going out there helping these young kids was a real eye opener. To be able to go back, help and put a smile on these kids’ faces was something I really enjoyed.”

Mata’utia surprised

St Helens star Sione Mata’utia has revealed to the Daily Mirror about how surprised he is with his own form after leading the Man of Steel leaderboard in 2022 so far.

Mata’utia said: “It’s been good fun. I’ve actually surprised myself. I just hope I can keep it up.”

Burgess charged

George Burgess has been charged after a police investigation was launched against the England international due to an ‘incident’, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Burgess has only just started playing for his new side St George Illawarra Dragons, but this may result in him being stood down. Read more here.

Hull KR’s football link

Hull KR have made a groundbreaking football link that may well have repercussion throughout Super League.

It is the first of its kind and Rovers have gone into a trial period with the company. Read more here.

Agar reveals why

Departing Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar has revealed why he is stepping down as boss after over three years in the role. Read more here.

The news of his departure broke yesterday morning, with chairman Gary Hetherington revealing what avenue Leeds will go down in their hunt for a new coach. Read more on Hetherington’s hunt here.

Six candidates

Staying on the Leeds Rhinos theme, Serious About Rugby League has written an article on which six candidates could well take over as boss of the West Yorkshire club.

The likes of Tony Smith and Daryl Powell have been mentioned in the article. Read more here.

Injury blows and attendances

Castleford Tigers are said to be sweating on a quartet of their players following the weekend’s results, with Salford, Warrington and Hull KR also having problems. Read more here.

Attendances from round six have also been tallied up with some impressive numbers from Wigan, Salford and Hull FC. Read more here.

Warrington Wolves important news

Warrington Wolves released some important news yesterday that could go a long way to addressing minority concerns.

Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick has often been ahead in the Super League game – for example, their NFT program – and this is another example of it. Read more here.

Saints leading the way

St Helens have announced that their Good Friday derby clash with Wigan Warriors is now a sell-out!

That is incredible news considering that the game is still three weeks away – a tremendous effort by all involved. Read more on the details here.

Pryce’s disaster

Huddersfield Giants star Will Pryce could be heading for a minimum of an eight-game ban following his tackle on Hull FC’s Connor Wynne at the weekend. Castleford, Leeds and Warrington stars have also been punished by the Disciplinary Match Review Panel. Read more here.

Hull man Connor Wynne has since given an update on how he is feeling after the tackle from Sunday’s game. Read more here.

Fonua not banned

The minutes from the Disciplinary Match Review Panel’s meeting this week have been revealed and Castleford Tigers’ Mahe Fonua has not been banned.

The Tigers centre was sinbinned in Castleford’s loss to Wigan Warriors last Thursday, but read here to see why he wasn’t banned.

Huge SL stadium news

Wakefield Trinity have given a huge update on the redevelopment of Belle Vue, on their website.

The club chairman stated: “I am delighted that we finally got to this important stage despite the headwinds of the global pandemic and ongoing world events which have threatened to blow us off course. Read more here.

Channel 4 blow

Channel 4 recorded their lowest figures of Super League coverage since the season started when Warrington Wolves took on Wakefield Trinity at the weekend.

A combination of things are said to have affected the overall number. Read more here.

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