Rugby league has been at the top of the sporting agenda this week, with a titanic Super League clash and a typically gruelling State of Origin Game II.
Monday saw in-form Wigan travel to rivals Warrington in Super League, and after a pulsating 80 minutes it was the Wolves who claimed an important victory.
Fooballer Joey Barton, a regular Tweeter and big rugby league fan, paid tribute to the match:
@Joey7Barton What an advert for Super League this is. Best sport to watch on telly bar none...
@SamBurgess8 Awesome playing top flight with @Thomas_Burgess for the first time today and getting the win. Special mention to @peats05 on his 50th game 2!
The rugby league world then focused its full attention on Wednesday's second match of the 2013 State of Origin series. Queensland's 26-6 win got everyone talking, especially because of the quadruple sin-binning.
Leeds' Australian forward Brett Delaney said:
@brettdelaney15 It's Origin let them fight,the games turning into a joke too many rules....
While his so-called 'Bash Brother' Ryan Bailey was getting a taste for the action:
@Hayemaker16 Yorkshire v Lancashire - bring back the biff
On Thursday, wounded New South Welshman Andrew Fifita was already looking forward to Origin Game III:
@andrewfifita Thanks everybody for tweets. Loved every minute of origin. Unlucky for our loss but theres game 3 down home. #cantwait #nswbrothers #believe
He recently suffered a horrific hip injury that has ruled him out of the World Cup, and he took to Twitter to thank the countless well-wishers:
@garethwiddop Find out more about the hip next week guys thanks for asking
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Salford centre Junior Sa’u is excited about the new season and believes the Red Devils are heading in the right direction, with Tim Sheens at the helm as director of rugby.
The RFL have responded positively to an announcement by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, which promised government support for a UK bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Rangi Chase has stated that one of his main reasons for wanting to join Leigh is that he wants to fall in love with rugby league again, and the Centurions seem like the right club at which to do it.
The RFL have issued a statement confirming that the salary cap for Championship clubs will rise in 2016.