Rugby League News: Lineham slams Powell, Bentley breaks silence & Castleford swoop for double signing?

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…

Castleford swoop for double signing?

Rugby League Live has revealed that former Wakefield Trinity fullback Ryan Hampshire has joined Castleford Tigers on a trial basis after being without a club since before Christmas.  Part of the rumour mill swirling about too is that Morgan Escare has been linked with a move to the Jungle.

Meanwhile, the club has revealed some impressive news ahead of Thursday night’s clash away at Wigan Warriors. Read more here.

Lineham slams Powell

Former Warrington Wolves winger Tom Lineham fired shots at current Wire boss Daryl Powell and his style of play on the Super League Show. Lineham left the Halliwell Jones Stadium at the end of 2021 and is now at Wakefield Trinity. Read more on his comments here.

The Wakefield winger will also face a huge spell on the sidelines following an awful injury blow. Read more in the injury here.

Henderson reveals why

Staying on the Warrington theme, former assistant coach Andrew Henderson has revealed to Serious About Rugby League why he left the Wolves.

Henderson departed at the end of 2021 along with fellow assistant Lee Briers and head coach Steve Price. Read more here.

Challenge Cup venue under threat

A Challenge Cup tie may well be under threat after the host is unable to hold the tie at their own stadium following development work, the Sheffield Star has revealed.

The Challenge Cup draw was conducted on Monday night with a number of mouthwatering clashes such as Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos. Read more here.

Saints decimated

The St Helens Star has revealed that Saints will be without a number of key men in their fixture against Toulouse Olympique.

Alex Walmsley, Sione Mata’utia and Joe Batchelor will definitely not play, whilst there will be a late check on Jack Welsby.

Big bans

Wigan Warriors’ Kaide Ellis and Catalans Dragons’ Jordan Dezaria found out their fate last night at the Tribunal after being charged with Grade E punching.

The Tribunal concluded at around 8pm. Read more on the huge bans here.

Channel 4’s numbers and Adam Hills

A staggering viewership has been recorded for Channel 4 on its opening two weeks of rugby league coverage, with presenter Adam Hills also analysing his time on it so far.

Rugby league being broadcast on terrestrial Channel 4 has never happened before and there was certainly a big appetite! Read more on the staggering numbers here.

Grand Final move?

Could the Super League Grand Final be moved away from its current home of Old Trafford? That’s what The Guardian has touted.

The ‘Theatre of Dreams’ is currently under discussion about possible renovation. Read more here.

Journalist and ex-player passes away

The RFL has sent its condolences to the friends and family of a former rugby league journalist who sadly passed away this week. Tributes from all Super League clubs also came through for the much-loved pioneer. Read more here.

That awful news was then followed by the passing of former Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos star Dave Stephenson. Read more here.

Appeal decisions

St Helens, Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and Toulouse Olympique were just some of the Super League that made their decision on whether to not to appeal bans given to their players.

The RFL was contacted by Serious About Rugby League about the clubs’ decisions. Read more here.

TV details for Challenge Cup and SL

All of the TV details for the Challenge Cup Sixth Round have been revealed with a few surprises not included! The draw was conducted on Monday night with a number of all-Super League clashes including Warrington Wolves and Wakefield Trinity. Read the full broadcasting itinerary here.

A number of Super League games have also had to move to accommodate television broadcasting rights. Read about those fixture changes here.

Evans’ goal

New Hull FC signing Kane Evans has spoken about his goal at the end of the year to the Hull Daily Mail.

The Fijian international has played just two games this season so far but is determined to make the Fiji squad for the World Cup.

Two referees absent

Two referees will be absent from this week’s refereeing appointments with one surprise official making his first appearance as a video referee.

Chris Kendall will take Thursday night’s Sky Sports fixture between Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers. Read more on the absentees here.

Huge Super League meeting

There will be a huge Super League meeting taking place today between all the clubs and the RFL and Super League. The crackdown on foul play is likely to be at the top of the agenda with Wigan Warriors boss Matt Peet wanting clarity. Read more here.

Peet also spoke about the danger posed by Castleford ahead of their fixture on Thursday night and identified two key men. Read more here.

Cas star out

A Castleford Tigers star is set for a lengthy time out on the sidelines following a devastating injury sustained in last weekend’s defeat to Huddersfield Giants.

Lee Radford’s men have just one victory from five games and travel to Wigan Warriors on Thursday night. Read more on the injury here.

Bentley breaks silence

Leeds Rhinos’ James Bentley has broken his silence on the club’s Youtube channel on the four-match ban given to him from round one by the Disciplinary Match Review Panel.

Bentley is set to be recalled for this week’s game against the Salford Red Devils on Friday night. Read more on his thoughts here.

Burrow’s incredible donation

Rob Burrow has been on the forefront of the fight against Motor Neurone Disease since his diagnosis in late 2019.

And, now he has been given an incredible donation by the Leeds Irish Centre to help him in his day-to-day life. Read more here.

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