Rugby League News: French to star on TV, Widdop was ‘close’ to sensational move, shock Hull FC coach & Leigh to sign Gannon

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…

NRL round-up

Newcastle Herald journalist Barry Toohey believes Newcastle Knights will still sign Luke Brooks from Wests Tigers.

Fox Sports believes that Manly Sea Eagles head coach Des Hasler is set to earn another deal with the club despite the problems in 2022.

Melbourne Storm star Xavier Coates has revealed why he left Brisbane Broncos – and it isn’t good reading for Broncos fans.

Canberra Raiders have re-signed boom centre Matthew Timoko following a brilliant season for the Green Machine.

Brisbane Broncos legend Corey Parker has taken a dim view on Payne Haas’ contract saga with the club set to re-open talks.

Beaumont surprised

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont is ‘surprised’ that these two Super League sides have never made the Grand Final.

Beaumont spoke to Serious About Rugby League earlier about which team’s recruitment is also made easier. Read more here.

Tomkins’ ‘devastating loss’

Catalans Dragons star Sam Tomkins has revealed his ‘devastating loss’ that he can never get over.

Tomkins and Catalans will be hoping to get one over on the Leeds Rhinos tonight in the first play-off game. Read more here.

Shock Hull FC coach

There was almost a shock name that took over at Hull FC before Brett Hodgson did, according to The Full Eighty Minutes podcast. Read more here.

The same show has also revealed a new Leeds Rhinos signing that can be the next Chris Hill. Read more here.

Cas’ new signing escapes ban

Castleford Tigers’ new signing has escaped a ban that could have seen him out for the first few weeks of the 2023 Super League season. Read more here.

The writing is on the wall, however, for another Tigers man who has been sent to a Tribunal for punching. Read more here.

Fonua and LMS’ clubs

Castleford Tigers centre/winger Mahe Fonua has locked in his Super League for 2023. Read more here.

Likewise, LMS of St Helens has locked in his Super League club for next season as well. Read more here.

Why Pryce will miss

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson has revealed why Will Pryce will miss out on a place against Salford Red Devils tomorrow. Read more here.

Watson has also revealed the difference between coaching at Huddersfield and coaching at Salford. Read more here.

Leeds sign ex-footballer

Leeds Rhinos have signed a former footballer to add to Rohan Smith’s squad for 2023.

Leeds have had to do some juggling with the salary cap for next season. Read more here.

Bradford beat rivals to signing

Bradford Bulls have beaten off their rivals to the signing that should give fans hope for 2023.

It has been a disappointing year for the West Yorkshire club with the play-offs initially the aim. Read more here.

Hill reveals why he left Wire

Huddersfield Giants star Chris Hill has revealed why he left Warrington Wolves. Read more here.

Hill has also given an update on his future and when he would like to retire.

‘Something wrong’ at Hull

Former Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos forward Adrian Morley believes there is ‘something wrong’ at Hull FC.

He told the Last Tackle podcast what he thinks that is. Read more here.

Man of Steel shortlist

The Steve Prescott Man of Steel shortlist has been announced with the award being given at the end of this month.

Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Salford Red Devils are all represented. Read more here.

Ex-Leeds man reveals why he left

A former Leeds Rhinos forward has revealed why he left the club as well as former head coach Richard Agar’s influence on it.

The star himself is heading back to Super League in 2023. Read more here.

Walker future

Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith has given an update on the future of Jack Walker.

Walker spent the second half of the 2022 season on loan at Hull FC before suffering another major injury. Read more here.

Wane ‘sh*tting himself’

England head coach Shaun Wane will be ‘sh*tting himself’ according to leading rugby league agent on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast.

The agent also blasted a decision on Harry Newman as ‘ridiculous’. Read more here.

Eddie warns Smith

Former Sky Sports pundit Eddie Hemmings has spoken out against Tony Smith getting the job at Hull FC.

Smith was famous for transforming bitter rivals Hull KR in the three years which he spent at Craven Park. Read more here.

Leigh to sign Gannon

Leigh Centurions are set to sign Jacob Gannon from Warrington Wolves. That’s according to Rugby League Live.

That publication has also revealed that Chris Thorman is set for the Newcastle Thunder job and that Bradford Bulls prop Ant Walker will move to the Widnes Vikings.

Widdop close to sensational move

Former Warrington Wolves halfback Gareth Widdop was ‘close’ to a sensational move, but not to Castleford Tigers as per The Full Eighty Minutes podcast. The Halifax-born playmaker made a career in the NRL but came to Super League with Warrington in 2020. Read more here.

The same podcast revealed ‘massive offers for Wakefield Trinity star David Fifita. Read more here.

Channel 4 host and pundits

Serious About Rugby League can exclusively reveal the Channel 4 hosts and pundits for this weekend’s game.

Channel 4 is set to get its moment in the sun at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon. Read more here.

French’s TV appearance

Serious About Rugby League can exclusively reveal that Wigan Warriors star Bevan French will take part in a popular TV program over the weekend.

It will be the first time that French will have been tested in this way! Read more here.

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