RL Today: Catalans keen on Cook Islands star & Hampshire injury update
Catalans keen on Cook Islands star
Catalans Dragons are reported to be interested in signing Cook Islands international Steven Marsters. (Toulouse & Catalan Media)
The 23-year-old is currently a free agent. He has won six caps for the Cook Islands and represented the Kukis in last year’s World Cup alongside his cousin Esan, who has joined Huddersfield ahead of the new campaign.
Steven Marsters is comfortable playing centre or wing. He made six NRL appearances for South Sydney Rabbitohs between 2020-21.
Another air-male from down under due for delivery to Perpignan this week… Les Dracs are keeping shtum about it but a little birdie (Rooster) suggests it may mean a return from the @NRL wilderness for 23-year-old Cook Islands international Steven Marsters.
— Toulouse+Catalan Media 🇫🇷🏉 (@catalanmedia) January 30, 2023
Hull derby fixture change
The Hull derby between KR and FC has been changed to Sunday, July 9, with a midday kick-off, live on Sky Sports.
The game was initially scheduled for Friday, July 7. The change is due to legendary rock band The Who performing at Craven Park on July 6.
Former NRL man reaches Super Bowl
Australian NFL star Jordan Mailata shed tears of joy after helping Philadelphia Eagles reach the Super Bowl.
The 25-year-old had never played a game of American football when he was drafted by the Eagles in 2018 after years of trying to hold down a regular spot in the NRL with South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs.
From a South Sydney junior to the Superbowl 🐰🏈 Congrats to Jordan Mailata and the Philadelphia Eagles on the big win! Can't wait to watch you rip in 💯😤❤️💚 pic.twitter.com/INpMQ2jiI2
— South Sydney Rabbitohs 🐰 (@SSFCRABBITOHS) January 29, 2023
Hampshire injury update
New Wigan recruit Ryan Hampshire says he is progressing “pretty well” as he recovers from an ACL injury. (Wigan Today)
The 28-year-old back has returned to the Warriors on a one-year deal, with a further two years in the club’s favour.
Hampshire told Wigan Today: “It’s about three months from now, the end of April.”
Cornwall sign Malta star
League 1 side Cornwall have signed Malta international Kaine Dimech for the 2023 campaign following a successful trial.
The 27-year-old forward came through the ranks at London Broncos. He has won five caps for Malta, scoring four tries.
Dimech becomes the second Maltese player in the Cornwall ranks for 2023, following in the footsteps of Louis Singleton.
Shaul on his future
Hull full-back Jamie Shaul is focused on enjoyment in what could be the last year of his career. (Hull Live)
The 30-year-old, who is in his testimonial year, is out of contract at the end of the season.
Shaul told Hull Live: “I’m in the last year of my contract now and if this is going to be my last ever year of playing I just want to play with a smile on my face and when I get my chance, put it all in. I just want to enjoy it.”
Former Warrington, Salford, London Broncos and Halifax hooker Dave Highton turns 43 today (January 31).
Also celebrating; former Bradford centre Adrian Purtell (38), ex-Tonga international Fili Lolohea (44), Greece international Tyrone Taukamo (24) and Brisbane youngster Ezra Mam (20).
Leigh hold the unwanted record for most points conceded in a Super League season, with 1,210 to their name in 2005.
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