Rugby League News: Hull KR new boss, Hardaker diagnosis and return date & Super League side rejected by Hastings

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…

Hull KR new boss

The Hull Daily Mail has revealed that Hull KR have drawn up a shortlist of potential head coaches to replace the outgoing Tony Smith.  Interviews are set to take place in the next couple of days, according to the publication.

Still on Hull KR, the East Yorkshire club has been rocked by huge news to one of their stars following last week’s games. Read more here.

More bans

A five-match ban has been handed to a Yorkshireman following the weekend’s games whilst another has been charged for a headbutt.

The former will be sent to an Operational Rules Tribunal to determine how many games he will sit out. Read more here.

Leigh big signing

Leigh Centurions are set to make another big signing in the wake of the capture of former Salford Red Devils forward Ben Nakubuwai.

Owner Derek Beaumont is determined to bankroll Leigh to Super League. Read more here.

Hardaker hospitalised

There was shock news yesterday morning when it was revealed that Leeds Rhinos’ Zak Hardaker had been hospitalised following a suspected seizure.

Hardaker suffered the issue following training on Tuesday. Read more here.

Hardaker diagnosis and return

Jamie Jones-Buchanan yesterday revealed that Zak Hardaker’s diagnosis will be in soon after he was sent for tests as soon as possible.

The interim Leeds Rhinos boss also revealed a likely timescale for his return. Read more here.

‘Frivolous’ challenges

Much has been made of the so-called ‘frivolous’ challenges attributed to Liam Watts’, Jack Cogger’s and James Bentley’s bans (the former was in 2021 and the latter two from 2022).

Well, head of the Match Review Panel Paul Cullen and Operational Rules Tribunal CHair Thomas Hughes sat on the Sin Bin podcast to explain why they were deemed ‘frivolous. Read more here.

Referee’s wages

Referees boss Steve Ganson has made a surprise admission on the Sin Bin podcast.

It concerns the officials pay and wages and what happens if they have a less than impressive game. Read more here.

Ex-Cas man’s brain injury

A former Castleford Tigers flyer has spoken to the Spirit of Sport about the horrendous concussion symptoms he has faced since retirement.

Head knocks have been a major debate in recent months with the increase of brain injuries being reported. Read more here.

Hardaker’s replacement and more Leeds woe

Leeds Rhinos interim coach Jamie Jones-Buchanan has revealed who will replace Zak Hardaker following his horrendous incident.

Added to that, Leeds have been rocked by two huge injury blows. Read more here.

Lui linked with huge move

Former Leeds Rhinos halfback Robert Lui has been linked with a huge move, according to the World Wide of Sports.

Lui only just left Leeds at the end of last season after first moving to the UK with Salford Red Devils. Read more here.

Hastings’ Super League move

Jackson Hastings has revealed on the Sunday Night Show with Matty Johns that his time in Super League may have been very different.

The former Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils halfback almost joined another Super League club. Read more here.

Thompson’s shock move?

Canterbury Bulldogs forward Luke Thompson has been linked with a shock move, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The former St Helens prop has taken to the NRL like a duck to water but could that end? Read more here.

Hull FC halfback shock

There has been a shock choice of halfback for Hull FC in their fixture against Toulouse Olympique tomorrow. Josh Reynolds and Luke Gale are both banned which posed an interesting question. Read more here.

Hull FC also had one of their men exit the club last night on a short-term deal – as did Warrington Wolves. Read more here.

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