RL Today: Sironen helped by former Saint & forward arrives at Featherstone

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The Millennium Stadium, Featherstone

Ben Mathiou arrives at Featherstone

Championship side Featherstone confirmed on Twitter that prop-forward Ben Mathiou has arrived at the club.

He was announced for the club last week along with half-back Ryley Jacks and forward Adam Cuthbertson. Featherstone continue their Championship campaign against Leigh on Monday.

Curtis Sironen says former Saint helped him join

New St Helens forward Curtis Sironen has said he turned to former Saints forward Joel Thompson for advice when he was considering whether or not to join the club. (St Helens Star).

Sironen told St Helens Star:“I was close with Joel Thompson at Manly, who had a bit of a disrupted year here last year with injury.

“When Mike Rush and Kristian Woolf first approached me I sort of picked Joel’s ear a bit – and all he said was that he wishes he had come here earlier. The professionalism of the club, great staff and the good team of veterans and guys coming through.”

Josh Griffin on challenge to get back fit

Hull centre Josh Griffin has discussed the task of getting back fit, having suffered a torn Achilles tendon last year. (Yorkshire Post).

Griffin told Yorkshire Post: “I’m probably a better person mentally for it now; it is the longest injury I’ve had to deal with in my whole career.

“I don’t know if I’ll be the same player but I’m confident I can get to a level where I’m happy with playing week in, week out again.”

Chris Satae keeping international options open

Hull FC forward Chris Satae is open to representing either Tonga or Fiji at the World Cup later this year. (Hull Live).

“In the case of Fiji, it was a bit of tough time with bringing my family over so I couldn’t participate in that,” Satae told Hull Live.

“With the World Cup, a few people have asked me. I’ve always said if I’m good enough to make the squad then I’ll definitely put my hand up. But at the minute there’s a lot of good players for both Fiji and Tonga.”

Danny Richardson thinks Castleford could make the top four

Castleford half-back Danny Richardson has said he believes not making the top four this season would be classed as a failure. (Wakefield Express).

Richardson told Wakefield Express: “The squad we’ve got here and the signings we’ve made, on paper we are probably good enough to be winning Grand Finals and Challenge Cups.

“For us to not make the top-four would be deemed a failure, in my opinion.”


Former Australia, Queensland and Brisbane forward Brad Thorn turns 47 today.

Also celebrating; New Zealand legend Robbie Hunter-Paul (46), Samoa international Martin Taupau (32), St George Illawarra Dragons half-back Corey Norman (31) and Sydney Roosters half-back Luke Keary (30).


In 2018, Danny Richardson was Super League’s top points-scorer with 256. This helped Saints on the way to a first League Leaders Shield since 2014.

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