Paper Talk: Naulago linked with union, Wakefield target Tasi & Ospreys keen on league stars

Drew Darbyshire

We have wrapped up some of the latest stories in League Weekly and League Express.

Naulago linked with union

Hull FC’s find of the Super League season, Fijian winger Ratu Naulago, has signed up with a leading rugby union agent, report League Weekly.

The 28-year-old who only signed a contract extension with the Black and Whites in July for the 2020 season, is expected to see that campaign out while his agent looks to treble his wages in the 15-aside code thereafter, according to League Weekly.

Union club targets league stars

Ospreys rugby union are scouring Super League for a half-back, and have identified Richie Myler and Dec Patton as two potential targets, report League Express.

The Welsh club are on the lookout for a fly-half after their Wales international, Gareth Anscombe, suffered an ACL injury last month. Several options from both codes are in mind, but Myler and Patton are on their list, according to League Express.

Wakefield target Tasi

Wakefield Trinity are being linked with Warrington Wolves forward Lama Tasi, report League Weekly.

The 29-year-old Samoa international prop has played 18 first-team games for the Wolves after spells at Salford, St Helens, Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters. League Weekly are linking him with a move to Trinity in 2020.

Hull KR eye rising star

Hull Kingston Rovers are interested in taking highly-rated Leeds Rhinos youngster Callum McLelland on loan in 2020 to bolster their half-back options, report League Express.

With Danny McGuire and Josh Drinkwater leaving the club, Rovers are in need of depth and options in the pivots, leading to the possibility of McLelland joining on loan, according to League Express.

Featherstone target international forward

Featherstone Rovers are closing in on the signing of Hull KR forward Danny Addy, report League Weekly.

Featherstone are keen to bring the 28-year-old to the Championship club for next season, according to League Weekly. Addy, who is off-contract at the end of this year, has scored six tries in 16 games for Scotland on the international stage.

Toronto to meet Super League criteria

Toronto Wolfpack director of rugby Brian Noble does not envisage any issues with meeting the Super League criteria should the Canadian club be successful in the Championship play-offs, report League Express.

Last week, reports emerged whether the Wolfpack would be allowed to join the top flight for 2020. Noble told League Express: “As far as we’re concerned, we tick most of the boxes. We qualified last year in relation to going up and we’re confident we’d qualify this year. Nothing’s changed that I know of.”

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