RL Today: IMG’s proposal, NRL Dally M winner & Farrell out of World Cup
NRL Dally M winner
Cronulla Sharks half-back Nicho Hynes has won this year’s NRL Dally M Medal for the Player of the Year.
North Queensland Cowboys coach Todd Payten won Coach of the Year, while Penrith’s Isaah Yeo won Captain of the Year.
IMG’s Super League proposals
IMG has recommended a return to a form of licensing for Super League, as part of its first reimagining rugby league consultation.
The global organisation held a presentation with rugby league press on Wednesday afternoon from Manchester Hall.
Liam Farrell out of World Cup
England back-rower Liam Farrell has been ruled out of the Rugby League World Cup. (Wigan Today)
The 32-year-old suffered a knee injury in the club’s 30-10 victory over St Helens during the regular Super League season.
Ipape could be best hooker in Super League
Leigh’s Edwin Ipape has the potential to become Super League’s best hooker believes head coach Adrian Lam. (Leigh Journal)
The Papua New Guinea international has impressed in his debut season in England with the Centurions, picking up the Championship Player of the Year award.
Leigh host Batley in the Championship Grand Final this Sunday for a place in the top division.
Ukraine conflict in Cleary’s thoughts
NRL and Penrith Panthers half-back Nathan Cleary has said he wants to reconnect with his family’s roots in Ukraine following months of conflict in the country. (Perth Now)
Cleary, 24, is expected to be in Australia’s 24-man squad for this year’s World Cup. His grandmother, Marie, was born in Ukraine.
“My nan was actually born in a concentration camp and she would have only been three when she left to move to Australia,” Cleary told AAP.
“I would love to get over there at some stage and reconnect with it.”
Dewsbury confirm departures
Relegated outfit Dewsbury Rams have confirmed their departures at the conclusion of the season.
Michael Knowles and Adam Ryder are the two longest-serving Rams players who will be leaving. Matty Beharrell, Ross Peltier, Harry Kidd, Jason Walton, Keenen Tomlinson, Jake Sweeting, Aaron Hall, Jon Magrin and Jack Blagbrough are also confirmed to be leaving the side.
Dom Speakman and Chris Annakin have both announced their retirements from the sport.
Former international forward Jim Mills turns 78 today (September 29).
Also celebrating; York City Knights boss James Ford (40), ex-full-back Brett Kearney (39) & Scotland international Sam Brooks (29).
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