Rugby League News: Gale claims, Castleford statement, Burrow angry & Briers on Warrington exit

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…

Kheirallah update

Mark Kheirallah’s future has been decided according to head coach Sylvain Houles following Toulouse Olympique’s defeat to Salford Red Devils.

Salford overcame Toulouse with ease yesterday with Kheirallah not playing for the French side for the second week running. Read more about his future here.

Hodgson questions referee consistency

Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson has questioned refereeing consistency following his side’s defeat to St Helens on Saturday.

Luke Gale was red carded whilst Connor Wynne was sinbinned and Hodgson told Hull Live: ““It’s hugely frustrating. You just want consistency and you want the message to be the same every week and every single game.”

Westerman on Pryce

Joe Westerman has given his honest assessment of Channel 4 pundit Leon Pryce following yet another successful day of viewing on terrestrial television.

Westerman has starred for Castleford Tigers in the past fortnight and told social media his feelings on Pryce’s role. Read more here.

Why Hopoate missed

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf has told the St Helens Star why new signing Will Hopoate failed to play against Hull FC on Saturday afternoon.

Hopoate had suffered a rib cartilage injury, but should be fit for round three.

Hill punishment

Huddersfield Giants’ new captain Chris Hill was sinbinned in the Giants’ victory over Hull KR but head coach Ian Watson revealed that the prop didn’t even know why.

It came following an altercation with KR’s Mikey Lewis. Read more here.

Wakefield signing

Wakefield Trinity Ladies have made yet another signing to add to their ranks ahead of the new season in 2022.

The Wakefield Trinity website revealed the news that Megan Preston has signed for the club.

Russell could have joined Salford

Toulouse Olympique star Matty Russell has told the Manchester Evening News just how close he came to joining Salford Red Devils.

Russell has previously played for Warrington Wolves, Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions.

Gale slams claims

Hull FC’s Luke Gale has slammed claims that his challenge on St Helens’ Jonny Lomax was intentional after being criticised on social media.

Gale was handed a red card by referee Chris Kendall in Saturday’s defeat to St Helens, but he’s now hit back. Read more here.

Kelly’s blow

Former Hull FC star Albert Kelly has suffered a major blow ahead of the new season as he fights for a starting spot, Fox Sports has revealed.

He left Super League at the end of the 2020 season after hour years at the MKM Stadium. Read about his blow here.

Englishman set to be fastest man

An Englishman is set to be the fastest man in the NRL, the Newcastle Herald has revealed.

Canterbury Bulldogs’ Josh Addo-Carr is currently in the driving seat, but could soon be replaced by an Englishman as the NRL heads into the 2022 season. Read more here.

Briers’ experience

New Wigan Warriors assistant coach Lee Briers has told the Drop Goal podcast what his experience at Warrington Wolves was like and why he left the club.

Briers also told the podcast what it was like working under several coaches at the Halliwell Jones. Read more here.

Burrow furious

Rob Burrow has took to social media to express his outrage at the allegations made by former players Jamie Acton and Oliver Wilkes.

Yorkshire Live reported that Burrow said: “What a load of rubbish. I never played with anyone on drugs.”

Beaumont’s rule changes

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont has told Serious About Rugby League what his two major rule changes would be in rugby league.

The outspoken owner has also called on the governing body to make life easier for referees. Read more here.

Burgess, Inglis, Sandow and Carney’s new clubs

Sam Burgess, Greg Inglis, Chris Sandow and Todd Carney have all found new clubs ahead of the 2022 season, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

All four have been in the headlines in the past year or so but will finally be able to put that behind them this year. Read more on their new clubs here.

Mata’utia reveals why

Peter Mata’utia had revealed in the post-match Sky Sports interview following Warrington Wolves’ victory over Castleford Tigers just why he had left the Jungle.

He spent three-and-a-half years at the Jungle after moving from Leigh Centurions. Read more on his reasons for leaving here.

Tomkins and Martyn against drug claims

Sam Tomkins and Tommy Martyn have spoken out against drug abuse claims in rugby league following the stories of Jamie Acton and Oliver Wilkes.

The duo took to social media to voice their displeasure at the claims of Acton and Wilkes. Read more here.

Featherstone death

Featherstone Rovers have confirmed that one of their own players passed away last week.

He was given a tribute by the club during the week after the awful news emerged. Read more here.

Cas and Warrington statements

Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves have made statements following the criminal damage sustained to one of Castleford’s coaches outside the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Tigers had succumbed to a 34-10 defeat and matters were made worse for some Castleford fans following the game. Read the statements here.

Owner in hospital

A Super League owner has been admitted to hospital after being taken ill last week, the club website revealed.

Everyone at Serious About Rugby League passes on their well wishes to the owner and his family and friends. Read more here.

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