Rugby League News: Koukash reacts, Chase’s huge revelation, Eastmond’s shock switch & referee dropped

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…

Hodgson on Reynolds

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has told Hull Live why Josh Reynolds and Jordan Lane have not been included in his 21-man squad for tonight’s game against Leeds Rhinos.

Hodgson said: “Both of the boys picked up niggles and it’s difficult to evaluate on a four-day turnaround this week so unfortunately they’re not available.”

Ward’s new coaching role

Former London Broncos head coach Danny Ward has found a new coaching role, which may surprise a few people.

Ward played for Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Hull KR as a player, but looks to have made a new home. Read more on his job here.

Dugan and Norman reject

Ex-NRL stars Josh Dugan and Corey Norman have rejected a potential move to a UK based club, Serious About Rugby League has revealed.

The owner of this club spoke to this website outlining their reasons for turning down the transfer. Read more here.

Connor award

Hull FC’s Jake Connor has been handed an award in recognition of his great play in recent weeks, the Hull website has revealed.

Despite his good form, it wasn’t enough to earn a place in Shaun Wane’s 30-man England squad last week. Read more here.

Wakefield gesture

Wakefield Trinity have made a huge gesture to the local area ahead of their fixture against Toulouse Olympique tomorrow night.

It will be a battle of the bottom clubs with both sides still looking for their first wins of the season. Read more on their gesture here.

SL referee dropped

A Super League referee has been dropped to the Championship in order to officiate the clash between Leigh Centurions and Bradford Bulls, the Leigh website revealed.

The game will be broadcast live on Premier Sports with the game expected to be a tough clash. Read more on the referee here.

Eastmond’s shock new career

Former Leeds Rhinos and St Helens star Kyle Eastmond has found a new career – and it’s one that might come as a surprise, the Daily Mail has reported.

Eastmond played just three games for Leeds in 2021 after joining from rugby union and quit because his ‘heart was no longer in it.’ Read more on his new career here.

Koukash tease

Marwan Koukash has given a bold prediction of this weekend’s Super League fixtures after teasing a shock rugby league return.

The former Salford Red Devils owner has been speculating about a move back to the sport after leaving back in 2019. Read more here.

French update

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet has provided the latest news on Bevan French after the fullback travelled with the club to France.

Peet also stated that Wigan are underdogs against Catalans Dragons this weekend. Read more on those comments and French’s news here.

Agar’s coaching link and Jake Connor

Richard Agar has lifted the lid on a coaching rumour that was doing the rounds last week in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s clash with Hull FC. The Leeds Rhinos boss answered in a brilliant manner after being asked about the truth. Read more here.

Agar also spoke about Jake Connor and the threat he will bring in the fixture. Read more here.

Newman’s huge blow

Leeds head coach Richard Agar also spoke – in his pre-match press conference – about some huge news concerning centre Harry Newman.

Newman limped off during Leeds’ victory over Wakefield Trinity last week. Read more on the big news here.

Escare’s new club

Salford Red Devils fullback Morgan Escare has found a new club after being allowed to leave the AJ Bell Stadium on a loan.

Escare has, however, joined a Super League rival and will slot straight in this weekend. Read more here.

Chase breaks silence

Former Castleford Tigers hero Rangi Chase has broken his silence about his drug use and two rugby league bans.

The halfback spoke to Serious About Rugby League about what he is currently going through as well as shock suicide attempts. Read more here.

McDermott on ‘pathetic’ bans

Leeds Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott has took to Twitter to show his displeasure on the rising bans in rugby league at present.

He labelled them as ‘pathetic’ as the likes of Luke Gale and James Bentley sit out with big suspensions. Read more here.

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