Former St Helens and Hull player, Steve Prescott, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List
Wakefield winger Damien Blanch will miss the start of the season after breaking his hand in the Boxing Day defeat by Leeds at Headingley.
Melbourne have denied reports that they have signed Willie Mason, who could still yet move to Super League with Crusaders.
Crusaders have finalised the deals to take Tony Martin and Michael Witt to Wales for the 2010 Super League season.
St Helens against Wigan and Leigh versus Salford became two more victims of the icy conditions over the festive period on Sunday.
Brian Noble's Crusaders have been linked with an audacious swoop for NRL star Willie Mason.
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Wigan boss Michael Maguire will include a huge installment of youth into the friendly with St Helens this Sunday.
Castleford coach Terry Matterson is backing his young stars to shine in the Boxing Day friendly against Bradford.
John Kear has appealed for the Wakefield fans to turn out in big numbers for their Boxing Day friendly against Leeds at Headingley.