RL Today: Chase to captain Raiders, Lenagan talks TV deal & Pearson on Exiles

Rangi Chase will captain West Wales Raiders in 2021

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Ottawa still planning for League 1 in 2022.

Mailbox: The best referee Super League never had?

French final dates confirmed, Dragons too strong for Elite Select & bright future for France.

Transfer Watch: NRL’s ins and outs.

Helping or hindering? – French teams in the ‘English’ pyramid.

What’s in the papers

Adam Pearson fires warning Hull players won’t be released for Exiles as alternative suggested, reports Hull Live.

Ian Lenagan talks TV deal, Wigan’s 2021 hopes and Wigan Athletic’s future, reports Wigan Today.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan has no issue with Jackson Hastings’ plan to return to the NRL, reports the Mirror.

Queensland Rugby League offers Israel Folau fresh hope of NRL return, reports The Guardian.

Brad Dwyer hails Leeds’ youngsters – fringe players have proved their worth in pre-season, reports Yorkshire Evening Post.

What’s on social

Former Man of Steel and England international Rangi Chase will captain West Wales Raiders in 2021.

Former New Zealand international Shaun Kenny-Dowall will captain Hull KR this season, with Elliot Minchella as vice-captain.

The NRL season gets underway on Thursday!

What’s on TV/Radio

NRL Tonight – Fox League (7am)

NRL 360 – Fox League (7:30am)

Fox Theatre: 2020 Grand Final – Fox League (8:30am)

Games from the French Elite Championship are being streamed live every weekend.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is available to download now.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League Podcast is out now, hosted by Dave Woods.

Birthdays

Former Australia, New South Wales and Catalans forward Jason Croker turns 48 today.

Also celebrating; ex-New Zealand international Greg Eastwood (34), Featherstone centre Kris Welham (34), Hull KR hooker Jez Litten (23) and Hull KR forward Matty Storton (22).

Trivia

The lowest Grand Final attendance (excluding 2020 Grand Final played behind closed doors) came in 1998, when 43,533 people watched Wigan beat Leeds 10-4 at Old Trafford.

Rugby League Nostalgia is here! Get involved with Love Rugby League’s new group on Facebook to share all your rugby league nostalgia and celebrate the rich heritage of our sport.

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