Rugby League News: Hetherington fumes, Pryce’s head coaching gig & Leigh and Castleford signings

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…

Hetherington fumes

Leeds Rhinos owner Gary Hetherington has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that adding another game onto James Bentley’s ban goes against “natural justice.”

Bentley was initially given a three-match ban for a high tackle on Gareth Widdop, but it was since upgraded to four following what the RFL described as a ‘frivolous appeal.’

Hodgson’s decision

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has told the Hull Daily Mail just why he didn’t appeal against Jake Connor and Andre Savelio’s bans.

The Hull boss revealed that he didn’t want either player getting an increase in their ban as James Bentley and Oliver Holmes did, but Hodgson also revealed that he was hoping Jamie Shaul would be fit for the weekend after the fullback had been linked with a move to Toulouse Olympique last week.

Richardson’s neck injury

Castleford Tigers head coach Lee Radford has told the Yorkshire Post that halfback Danny Richardson’s neck injury has no timeframe just yet.

Richardson suffered the injury from “poor tackle technique” in last Friday’s loss to Salford Red Devils. Adam Milner and Nathan Massey are also out for the Tigers’ trip to Warrington Wolves.

Pryce gets head coaching gig

Former Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls man Karl Pryce has been appointed as a head coach of a local side following a stint out of rugby league.

Pryce also played for Dewsbury Rams and Harlequins RL as well as having a spell in rugby union with Gloucester. Read more on his appointment here.

Sims’ favourite

Former Warrington Wolves and Toronto Wolfpack forward Ashton Sims has told the Spirit of Sport podcast his favourite ground in Super League.

Sims played 90 games for Warrington and 50 games for Toronto before retiring at the end of 2019. Read more on his favourite stadium here.

NRL ‘lacks respect’

Super League and Great Britain legend Paul Sculthorpe has told Serious About Rugby League that the NRL ‘lacks respect’ in terms of the talent in Super League.

It comes following the lack of a World Club Challenge fixture in 2022. Read more here.

Referee’s legal battle

A former Super League and NRL referee has entered into a legal battle with his former boss on claims of ‘victimisation’.

The Daily Telegraph had previously revealed the story, but the official spoke to Serious About Rugby League about the case.

Acton calls out Carney

Ex-Leigh Centurions forward Jamie Acton has called out Sky Sports pundit Brian Carney following the latter’s comments on the recent doping revelation on Sky Sports.

Acton told Serious About Rugby League that he wants to debate with Carney. Read more here.

Pryce reveals

Premier Sports pundit Leon Pryce has revealed which star ‘will play Super League’ following a game in the Championship.

The former St Helens and Bradford Bulls halfback believed this player has all the attributes and attitude to make it far in the game. Read more here.

Briers rejected club

Former Warrington Wolves hero Lee Briers has revealed on the Drop Goal podcast just why he left the club and joined Wigan Warriors.

The mercurial halfback also revealed that another club had been after him, but he rejected them. Read more here.

New Cas signing

Castleford Tigers have snapped up a new forward from the Championship who comes highly-rated, their club website has revealed.

His previous club stated: “He is is a big lump of a lad who carries the ball exceptionally well, his sheer size helps him find his front on most occasions.” Read more here.

Super League owners meet

Super League owners have reportedly met to discuss the growing concerns around cocaine and drug use by players that are engulfing the sport.

Both Jamie Acton and Oliver Wilkes have spoken out about widespread doping in recent weeks. Read more on the meeting here.

Sims on the move?

Current St George Illawarra Dragons forward Tariq Sims has told Channel 9 that he will not be at the club after 2022 – and maybe not even for this season.

Despite turning out for New South Wales in the State of Origin series in 2021, Sims has been deemed surplus to requirements. Read more on his potential move here.

Gelling’s new career

Former Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors and Leigh Centurions star Anthony Gelling has taken up a surprise career move.

The South Sea Islander has been chased hard by one particular UK side but this move may well have hampered it. Read more here.

Hull injuries

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has given the Hull Daily Mail an update on the club’s injuries.

Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave, Joe Cator and Manu Ma’u all sat out the club’s win over Wakefield Trinity last weekend, with Griffin and Tuimavave progressing well whilst Cator and Ma’u are four weeks off.

Leeds man in compassionate leave

One of the stars of the Leeds Rhinos outfit has been given compassionate leave and has returned home to Australia, the Leeds Rhinos website confirmed.

Leeds will face Wigan Warriors on Friday night after narrowly losing to Warrington Wolves last Saturday. Read more on the star’s compassionate leave here.

Leigh new signing

Serious About Rugby League has revealed that Leigh Centurions are set to welcome a new signing to the club in a matter of days.

Owner Derek Beaumont spoke to us about the move and also gave a hint at further signings. Read more here.

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David Naughton
David Naughton
7 months ago

Why a picture of Leon Pryce when it’s Karl who has the coaching job at Mirfield?