RL Today: Brian McDermott heading to NRL & IMG proposals ‘strongly’ supported by clubs

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Brian McDermott heading to NRL

Former Leeds boss Brian McDermott will join Newcastle Knights as assistant coach in 2023. (Examiner Live)

The four-time Grand Final winning coach left his role with Featherstone at the conclusion of the 2022 Championship season.

McDermott, 52, is a part of Fiji’s coaching staff for this year’s World Cup campaign. He will work under Adam O’Brien at the Knights in the NRL next season. 

IMG proposals ‘strongly’ supported by clubs

Rugby league clubs have given ‘strong support’ to the proposals shared by global organisation IMG.

The sport’s executive will now work with IMG to scope out the details of the recommendations.  This will involve appropriate consultation with clubs and other stakeholders.

READ: IMG on relegation, international focus and scrapping Magic Weekend

Money no motivation for Greece

Greece players and staff won’t pocket any money from this year’s World Cup. (The Advertiser)

The side are making their debut at this year’s tournament in England, featuring in Group A alongside the hosts, Samoa and France.

All involved have decided to put their tournament allowance back into Greek Rugby League Federation.

NRL star to use World Cup to shorten suspension

South Sydney Rabbitohs winger Taane Milne will be able to use Fiji’s World Cup campaign towards his six-match ban. (Fox Sports)

The 27-year-old was sent off for a high shot on Spencer Leniu in the finals against Penrith Panthers.

Lebanon’s Abbas Miski targeting successful World Cup

Lebanon international Abbas Miski is targeting a successful tournament with his nation. (Wigan Today)

“The majority of our group games are very winnable,” he told Wigan Today.

“First things first, we have to go in confident that we can win those matches and go as far as we can. We can make it to the quarters.”

Swinton confirm departures

Swinton have confirmed a handful of departures following their promotion-winning campaign from League 1.

Half-back Jack Hansen will join Sheffield in 2023. Matt Wilkinson, Max Roberts and Lewis Hatton will also all leave the Heywood Road side. 


Former Queensland, Brisbane, London Broncos, Widnes, Wigan and Wakefield half-back Julian O’Neill turns 50 today (October 14).

Also celebrating; Former forward player Ian Gildart (53), Salford winger Joe Burgess (28) and Huddersfield 2023 recruit Jack Bibby (21).


London Broncos are the English club with most players at the World Cup with 10!