RL Today: Burgess teases return, Italy pride & Hull eye Australian half-back

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Burgess teases Super League return

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Tom Burgess has teased a potential return to Super League after starring in England’s 60-6 win over Samoa. (The Yorkshire Post)

Burgess told TYP: “I’d love to come back for a stint in Super League. I want the game to do well in England – I’m a very proud Englishman and a very proud Yorkshireman. I grew up supporting Leeds so you never say never with that sort of stuff.”

Brown’s Italian pride

Italy captain Nathan Brown cut an incredibly proud figure after inspiring his country to a 28-4 win over Scotland in their first game of the World Cup.

He said: “It’s a privilege to captain my country and a proud moment for Italian rugby league.

“We had a good preparation and all the boys believed we could do it. We said all week we wanted to play for our families and for each other and we did that.”

Italy will return to Kingston Park in Newcastle for their next match against Fiji next Saturday.

Hull eye Australian half-back

Hull FC are close to signing Australian playmaker Jake Clifford from NRL side Newcastle Knights (Hull Daily Mail)

The 24-year-old is likely to fill the void left by Jake Connor, who has returned to Huddersfield. Clifford is under contract with Newcastle for 2023 but was offered to Super League clubs earlier this year, according to Hull Live.

Myler on future

Ireland international full-back Richie Myler says he would love to finish his career with Leeds. (Leeds Live)

He told Leeds Live: “I think I’d like to see out my career at Leeds. I’ve found a home here, I love it here, and the club has been amazing to me. I came here at the start of 2018 and have two more years left on my contract, so this will be the longest I’ve been at a club.”

Coach King

Hull KR prop George King has made no secret of the fact he is a proud Irishman, and would love to help grow the game in a coaching capacity on the Emerald Isle when his playing career is finished. (Hull Live)

King, who is captaining Ireland at this World Cup, told Hull Live: “When I finish playing in years to come, I’m going to go over to Ireland in a coaching capacity to try and develop the game because that’s what the aim is, to grow the sport.”

McDermott on his NRL role

Former Featherstone coach Brian McDermott will head Down Under next year after agreeing to become the assistant coach at Newcastle Knights. (Yorkshire Live)

McDermott, who is currently on Fiji’s backroom staff for the World Cup, told Yorkshire Live: “It’ll be a big job and it’s almost like starting again, so I’ve got a lot to learn. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Birthdays

Former Great Britain and Wigan legend Shaun Edwards turns 56 today (October 17).

Also celebrating; ex-Salford half-back Steve Blakeley (50), ex-Italy international Michael Russo (39), former Ireland international Ryan Boyle (35) and Leeds centre Zak Hardaker (31).

Trivia

The biggest score at a Rugby League World Cup came in 2000. Australia hammered Russia 110-4, with the Kangaroos running in 19 tries.

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About Drew Darbyshire 8522 Articles
Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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