Hastings’ mental demons
Jackson Hastings deserves credit for this open and honest interview with 9 News following his return to the NRL with Wests Tigers.
He revealed his mental demons and how working with a counsellor has helped him accept who he is.
— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) October 19, 2021
“I’ve always been a bit of a loner. I still to this day don’t have many friends, I’ve got a small group of people I trust, I find it hard to let people in.
“I fight demons all the time, I have done since I was a kid.”
A brilliant interview and one that is inspirational to those of us who also struggle.
The RFL have reached out to 300 fans to have their say on the governing body’s strategy leading up to 2030.
It comes following a recent nationwide survey that revealed fans feel shut out by clubs.
Newcastle Thunder’s club doctor Tom Pritchard was the life-saving hero at a Premier League football game at the weekend.
The match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, live on Sky Sports, was halted after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest.
— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) October 18, 2021
Championship clubs get busy
Recruitment has ramped up amongst Championship clubs preparing for the 2022 season. Bradford full-back Brandon Pickersgill has left Odsal to join rivals Featherstone, while Matty Dawson-Jones has signed a new deal with the Bulls.
Experienced forward Jordan Thompson, who spent last season in Super League with Leigh, has joined York.
An interesting debate has emerged following the naming of the England women’s squad for Saturday’s test against France.
Are there too many St Helens players in the squad and is it bad for the game?
Unpopular opinion – fantastic squad here, but having half the England team + coaches come from one SL club isn't going to do anything to reduce blow out scores and make for a more exciting women's SL competition, the gap is too big. Not sure what the answer is though. https://t.co/lvGtMXbsIJ
— Rebecca Whiteley (@RebeccaWhiteley) October 18, 2021
10 of the 20 players are from St Helens.
For me, no? They are the best team for a reason. The women’s game is still very much in its infancy at an elite level, and it’s no surprise that the best players are concentrated among a small number of teams.
It’s up to the other clubs to bridge the gap – not for St Helens to be punished by the fact that the majority of the best players are in their system and locality.
Leeds-bound back-rower James Bentley turns 25 today (October 19)
Also celebrating: Infamous prop Ben Flower (34); ex-Huddersfield forward James Gavet (32)
Jackson Hastings’ father Kevin was the Rugby League Week player of the year and Dally M half-back of the year for three consecutive seasons 1980-82 – and also spent a season in England with Barrow (1986-87)