RL Today: Jack Welsby tipped to thrive & legend backs Wigan youngster

Lachlan Coote and Jack Welsby St Helens
Lachlan Coote (left) has backed Jack Welsby (right) to thrive in the St Helens number one shirt

Jack Welsby tipped to thrive

Lachlan Coote has backed Jack Welsby to succeed in the number one jersey at St Helens. (Mirror)

Rising star Welsby has taken the number one shirt from Coote, who has joined Hull KR on a two-year deal. Coote told the Mirror: “He’ll deal with it fine. What he did the last few seasons was jump into any role, and was a standout whether he was in the middle, on the wing or in the halves. He excelled in every position.”

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Burrow Seven debut

Burrow Seven, the horse named in honour of Leeds legend Rob Burrow, is to make its racecourse debut at Catterick on Tuesday. (Sky Sports)

The Burrow Seven Racing Club will raise money for the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charities.

All Blacks star would ‘love a crack’ at RL

New Zealand All Blacks full-back Jordie Barrett has revealed he would like to have a crack at rugby league for a season. (Stuff)

The 24-year-old admitted he is a big fan of the 13-a-side code on the What a Lad podcast, which is hosted by his former team-mate James Marshall. Barrett told the What a Lad podcast: “I’m not sure what position I’d play, but I’d love to go over there and give it a crack, who knows.”

Kane Evans impressing

Hull coach Brett Hodgson has been impressed by new signing Kane Evans in pre-season training. (Hull Daily Mail)

On the Fiji powerhouse, Hodgson told Hull Daily Mail: “He’s physical, he wants to be involved and he’s keen. He talks already, especially on the field, he’s good vocally on the field, and he’s just a big presence.”

Legend backs Wigan youngster

Wigan legend Andy Gregory has backed young half-back Harry Smith to lead the team. (Wigan Today)

Gregory told Wigan Today: “I’ve seen a lot of Harry and I think he’s more than capable of stepping up and leading this team.

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NRL forward to represent Papua New Guinea

St George Illawarra Dragons forward Jack de Belin could represent Papua New Guinea at the World Cup next year. (Daily Mail)

The 30-year-old Australia-born forward qualifies to play for Papua New Guinea through his grandmother. Kumuls coach Michael Marum told AAP: “Jack was keen and I’m sure if he took the opportunity he would love it.”

Birthdays

Former Australia and New South Wales representative James Tamou turns 33 today (December 13).

Also celebrating; Widnes forward Shane Grady (32) and Newcastle Thunder captain Josh Woods (24).

Trivia

Leeds legend Kevin Sinfield holds the record for most Super League points. He scored 3,443 points during his time with Leeds between 1997-2015.

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