Rugby League News: Hardaker’s ominous message, Hull FC and Castleford trouble & Featherstone controversy

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…

Watts’ curiosity

Castleford Tigers star Liam Watts will be available for this weekend’s game against Wigan Warriors, despite missing just one game from a two-match suspension. Read more here.

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Hull, Cas and Leeds trouble

Serious About Rugby League has revealed the latest trouble involving Hull FC, Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos.

It follows a week break for all three clubs due to the Challenge Cup Final. Read more here.

Gale future

Hull Live has given the lowdown on the future of Luke Gale who joined the club ahead of the 2022 Super League season.

The publication reveals that the ball is in the 33-year-old’s court, but that the arrival of Jake Trueman could swing things given their relationship from Castleford Tigers.

Burgess’ bizarre bombshell

It doesn’t matter if ex-Wigan Warriors star George Burgess isn’t given another contract by St George Illawarra Dragons.

That’s because he has a bizarre ‘iron in the fire’ if not. Read more here.

Ganson’s two mistakes

Referees boss Steve Ganson has spoken on the Sinbin podcast about wrong decisions in Super League in 2022.

And, he revealed that two major decisions have been wrong. Read more here.

Grace’s reported move

St Helens flier Regan Grace has been linked with a shock move, according to the Rugby Pass.

Grace has played just once for Saints in 2022 due to a couple of bad injuries, but is one of the most potent wingers in Super League. Read more here.

Attendance and viewing figures

The attendance of the Challenge Cup Final on Saturday has been revealed following a period of uncertainty. Read more here.

The viewing figures for BBC One have also been revealed with some huge numbers in there. Read more here.

Dementia struggle for ex-Hull man

A former Hull FC star has opened up to ITV about his battle with dementia following a career in rugby league.

He is just one of a number of ex-players who have suffered physical and mental after effects from the sport. Read more here.

Bussey’s controversy

Featherstone Rovers star Jack Bussey has been thrust into the limelight following a controversial incident in his side’s loss to Leigh Centurions at the weekend.

Bussey caught Leigh man Blake Ferguson with a nasty-looking tackle which went unpunished on the field. Read more here.

Smithies’ ban

Wigan Warriors forward Morgan Smithies has been handed a lengthy ban for two separate incidents in the Challenge Cup Final at the weekend.

He caught two players with a swinging arm but referee James Child decided to just penalise the forward. Read more here.

Hock’s career

Former Wigan Warriors and Leigh Centurions star Gareth Hock has found himself a shock new career.

He revealed the news on his social media. Read more here.

Bateman cited

Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors star John Bateman was also cited by the Disciplinary Match Review Panel for a curious incident. Bateman was, however, deemed to be innocent and he will be free to play this week. Read more here.

That being said, Wigan have suffered another mighty blow in the aftermath of the Final. Read more here.

Henderson’s role

Ex-Warrington Wolves assistant has been revealed in a club’s new deal.

The former London Broncos coach was let go by Warrington at the end of the 2021 Super League season but has now found an exciting role. Read more here.

Cas exit

A high-profile Castleford Tigers player has left the club on compassionate leave to be with his family. The club has revealed that the player will miss two games. Read more here.

Serious About Rugby League has also written an article about which players could replace him temporarily. Read more here.

Hardaker’s ominous message

Zak Hardaker has sent out an ominous message to the rest of the Super League following his move to Leeds Rhinos.

The fullback played in the number one shirt last week, with all eyes firmly focused at this weekend’s clash. Read more on his message here.

Hull KR important news

Hull KR head coach Tony Smith has given some important news from his press conference yesterday.

KR have been doing it tough in recent weeks. Read more here.

Leigh signings?

Leigh Centurions are still in the hunt for new blood, and Serious About Rugby League has written an article on it.

It details three major signings who could walk through the gates at the Leigh Sports Village. Read more here.

Hock’s surprise move

Gareth Hock was one of the most formidable forwards in the history of Super League. One to never take a backwards step, life has been different away from the game.

However, he has now teased a surprise move on his Facebook. Read more here.

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