Paper Talk: Elstone to Super League, Farah leaving NRL, Salford want USA trip

We’ve had a scan through this morning’s papers.

Sheffield want to host Rugby League World Cup matches

Sheffield wants to host a couple of games in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, claim League Weekly in an exclusive. According to the paper, 40 towns and cities have expressed interest to be host venues, including France and Ireland. Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston thinks Bramall Lane, home of Sheffield United FC, would be an ideal location.

Elstone on the verge of becoming new Super League chief

Super League clubs appear to have convinced Everton chief executive Robert Elstone to leave the Premier League club and become the new chief of Super League, report League Express. The paper understands that Everton’s board members could be persuaded to release him from his contract.

Farah next in line for Super League move

Lebanon captain Robbie Farah will be the next NRL star to make the switch to Super League, according to League Weekly. The half-back or hooker is reportedly on his way out of South Sydney Rabbitohs after being dropped for the opening two games of the NRL season. Dave Parker, in his weekly column, claims Farah is on the verge of joining Super League, where he would be nearer his beloved Liverpool FC.

Salford still looking to play in America

Salford Red Devils are still hoping to play in the USA, claim League Express. Ian Blease, Salford head of rugby, has stated that the club are working with the people behind the New York Rugby League bid to take one Super League fixture to the States this year. Blease told the paper: “We really want this to happen.”

St Helens let the fans down, says Swift

Adam Swift said St Helens let themselves and the fans down following their first defeat of the season to Leeds, report League Express. Swift told the trade paper: “We are disappointed in ourselves. We set benchmarks for ourselves but we have let ourselves down, we have let the fans down and we have let the coaching staff down. It’s a tough one to take.”

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