Rugby League News: Hardaker future latest, Widdop in incident, Solomona’s shock destination & 26-week ban for horrific racist abuse

Rugby League News – keeping you up to date with the latest news from the world of rugby league.

Here are some of the headline-grabbing stories from the last 24 hours.

Tiger almost signed elsewhere

Serious About Rugby League has revealed that former Castleford Tigers fullback Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e has almost signed for two other Super League clubs. He now plies his trade with the Keighley Cougars in League 1.

Houghton future

The Hull Daily Mail has revealed the future of Danny Houghton with the Hull FC legend facing pressure from new NRL signing Joe Lovodua.

Hull FC captain

Leeds Live has revealed that Brett Hodgson is looking out for who is new captain will be following the departure of veteran halfback Marc Sneyd. Sneyd was co-captain alongside Scott Taylor.

Five owners

Serious About Rugby League has revealed the five owners who have had the most impact in Super League since its creation back in 1996, including Leeds owner Gary Hetherington.

Five best from relegated sides

Serious About Rugby League has also revealed the five best players that have been signed from relegated sides.

Folau plays

Israel Folau has been snapped playing alongside his new teammates at a training camp after returning to rugby union following a two-year hiatus in rugby league. He uploaded an update on his social media. Read more about his transfer here.

Five worst teams

Serious About Rugby League has revealed the five worst Super League teams in history – according to the amount of points they were able to accrue in one full season in the top-flight. There are some shockers!

Most expensive transfers

Serious About Rugby League has revealed the top ten most expensive transfers in Super League history. One transfer fee almost reached half a million pounds!

RL code-switcher in horrific racism

A rugby league code-switcher has had his registration revoked by rugby league authorities after trying to move from rugby union. The scrum-half – who was playing in the French leagues, according to Wales Online – was subsequently banned for 26 weeks for a disgusting racist diatribe. Read more on the horrific incident here.

Barba return

Ben Barba has returned to rugby league action a per Central Queensland Today, with the rumour mill in overdrive about a potential return to the NRL despite that governing body banning him back in 2019 following an indiscretion. Barba also won the Man of Steel for St Helens in the Super League in 2018. Read more on his return and potentially groundbreaking professional return here.

Hardaker future latest

Zak Hardaker’s short-term future looks to have been settled. The rangy fullback recently moved home to Pontefract with owner Ian Lenagan claiming he was “nervous” at that development. Read more here.

Cas duo against vaccine

Two Castleford Tigers players have spoken out against the COVID-19 vaccine – one of whom is star halfback Jake Trueman – and it didn’t exactly go down well on social media. The vaccination program continues to divide society – and rugby league certainly isn’t alone. Read more on the incident and the players here.

Widdop in incident

Gareth Widdop has revealed an incident that he came across whilst doing community work in Australia. The halfback will not return to Warrington until the New Year, so will spend Christmas with family according to the Warrington website last week. The incident, however, was “an eye opener”. Read more here.

Carney new career

Former Super League and NRL badboy Todd Carney has set up two unique businesses following his retirement from rugby league after a short spell at Hull KR in the late 2010s, with the ex-halfback living the high life on social media. Read more on his new career direction here.

Hodgson’s shock career decision

Josh Hodgson’s future has been one of the most talked about incidents across the whole off-season so far in the NRL. Will he stay at Canberra or will he go to the Wests Tigers? – with money being the focal point according to the Daily Telegraph. Well, the decision has now been made. Read more on the future here.

New Leeds signing in USA stop

New Leeds Rhinos signing David Fusitu’a will not be going straight to Headingley until mid-December as the club website reports. That’s because he has some family business to attend to in the United States. Read more on the American diversion here.

Tributes to former Saints forward

Tributes have been pouring in for ex-St Helens forward Chris Charles who has passed away at the age of 72. The Saints website gave a nice eulogy on Charles and he will be remembered fondly. Read more here.

Solomona shock

Denny Solomona has left Sale Sharks and may well have left rugby union altogether. The former Castleford Tigers and London Broncos winger announced his departure on social media, thanking the club for the last five years. Read more on where he is heading here.

Sene-Lefao future

Serious About Rugby League has revealed something about Jesse Sene-Lefao’s future after he moved from the Castleford Tigers to Featherstone Rovers.

Wakefield update

Wakefield Trinity chief executive Michael Carter has given an honest update and feedback on fans’ queries that was first posted on the club website. In it was discussion about finances, revenue and the stadium. Read more on what he had to say here.

Thompson exit

Luke Thompson’s future at the Canterbury Bulldogs has been up in the air for some time recently given his opposition to the COVID-19 vaccination. However, Fox Sports has revealed his pricey contract of $800,000 is proving the sticking point at the Bulldogs. Read more on Thompson’s potential exit here.

Interest in Wigan hooker

Serious About Rugby League has revealed that there were other clubs interested in signing former Wigan Warriors hooker Amir Bourouh – not just the Salford Red Devils.

Cas financial situation

Serious About Rugby League has reported on the findings that Castleford Tigers have reported their financial year accounts for the 2020 Super League season.

Saints initiative

St Helens have launched a groundbreaking initiative by going cashless throughout the Totally Wicked Stadium. Read more on the Saints website here.

Pearson speaks out

The Yorkshire Post has conducted an interview with Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson yesterday morning about the Channel 4 deal which will see rugby league broadcast on free-to-air TV for the first time.

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