Rugby League News: Hardaker update and future, Smith, Agar and Woolf futures & Castleford rejected by Super League rival

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…

Hardaker update and future

Leeds Rhinos have given a key update on new signing Zak Hardaker following a suspected seizure last week. Read more here.

There has also been the latest on his future past his short-term deal with Leeds. Read more here.

Farnworth future

There has been another twist in the future of Brisbane Broncos man Herbie Farnworth after he spoke with the Daily Telegraph.

The centre revealed a Super League link, but more NRL clubs are chasing. Read more here.

Connor latest as Hull FC’s stat man

The Hull Daily Mail published an article yesterday detailing the key men at the top of the Super League stats table from Hull FC.

Of course, Jake Connor was number one in the try assists charts with 16, whilst Danny Houghton has made over 420 tackles so far.

Myler latest

The latest on Leeds Rhinos playmaker Richie Myler has been revealed following his off-field issue.

Myler has returned to training with new boss Rohan Smith commenting on his availability. Read more here.

Smith, Agar and Woolf latest

It was a triple whammy on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast with leading rugby league agent Craig Harrison discussing the futures of Tony Smith, Richard Agar and Kristian Woolf.

Smith will leave Hull KR at the end of 2022, Agar has stepped down as Leeds boss whilst Woolf’s future at St Helens has not yet been decided. Read more here.

Beaumont slams exemption

Leigh Centurions’ outspoken owner Derek Beaumont has slammed calls for Toulouse Olympique to be made exempt from relegation from Super League in 2022, the Manchester Evening News has reported.

Beaumont said: “”I empathise with what he (Toulouse boss Sylvain Houles) says about staying up but the notion about them being French is completely irrelevant, they should be treated no different to an English club.”

Roby’s shock move

Former Super League referee Tim Alouani-Roby (known as Tim Roby when he officiated in Super League) has chosen a shock new career.

The Englishman left Super League for the NRL a number of years ago. Read more here.

Groundbreaking new BBC deal

A new BBC Sport deal has been announced that is the first of its kind in the world of rugby league. Read more here.

It follows the news that all three Challenge Cup fixtures this weekend will be broadcast on the BBC. Read more to find out the details here.

Naiqama linked with move

Former St Helens man Kevin Naiqama has been linked with a surprise move just a year after going back to the NRL. He signed a one-year deal with the Sydney Roosters ahead of the 2022 season. Read more here.

On ex-Saints men, too, Luke Thompson has revealed why he left Saints for the NRL. Read more here.

More players banned

More players have been handed suspensions for ‘dangerous’ incidents ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

The Disciplinary Match Review Panel continues to clampdown on foul play. Read more here.

Lomax news and Hull KR miracle

Wigan Warriors and St Helens named their 21-man squads for this weekend’s Challenge Cup clash, with there being huge news on Jonny Lomax. There is also a surprise Wigan omission. Read more here.

There also seems to be a miracle inclusion for Hull KR in their fixture against Huddersfield Giants. Read more here.

Walker on title aspirations

Warrington Wolves’ Danny Walker believes the club can still reach Old Trafford and win it, he told the Manchester Evening News.

Walker said: “We know what we’ve got inside there; there’s a load of internationals and a load on the cusp of international recognition so it’s just a confidence thing: building it up, sticking at it and I’m sure we’ll get there.”

Cas fail to sign rival SL man

Castleford Tigers failed to sign a rival Super League forward, Serious About Rugby League has exclusively revealed.

It would have been a superb and steely addition to a currently lightweight pack. Read more here.

Ferguson future

New Leigh Centurions signing Blake Ferguson has spoken to the Daily Telegraph about his future beyond his current Leigh deal.

Ferguson, of course, signed on a deal until the end of the season. Read more here.

Horrific eye injury

Another rugby league player has succumbed to a horrendous injury after playing the sport last weekend.

This time it is a former Super League star who sustained a horrific eye injury. Read and see about it here.

Leading cup ticket sales

Between Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants, there is one side leading the way in terms of ticket sales for this weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final extravaganza.

It may come as a surprise for some. Read more here.

Why Sinfield left Leeds

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield has revealed the major reason why he left Headingley back in 2021 after being a guest on the Ventur Further podcast.

Sinfield is now Leicester Tigers defence coach. Read more on his reason why here.

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