RL Today: John Bateman World Cup hopes in doubt & Hull recruitment update

John Bateman
Picture by Will Palmer/SWpix.com - 23/10/2021 - Rugby League - Men's International - France v England - Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France - John Bateman (C) of England and Mark Kheirallah of France.

John Bateman World Cup hopes in doubt

England international John Bateman could now be a doubt for the World Cup campaign following his charge in the defeat to Leeds.

The 28-year-old Wigan back-rower has been referred to tribunal following his red card against the Rhinos. He has been charged with Grade D strikes and could receive up to a five-match ban for his dangerous tackle on Aidan Sezer. It would rule him out for the majority of the World Cup, including all the group matches, if he is handed the highest suspension.

Meanwhile, St Helens will appeal Morgan Knowles’ two-match ban for a Grade B dangerous contact.

Hull recruitment update

Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson has provided a recruitment update. (Hull Daily Mail)

He has admitted that the club are at full cap already ahead of the 2023 Super League campaign. It means they could have to move players on if they want to bring anyone in.

Hull have signed Jake Trueman, Tex Hoy, Liam Sutcliffe and Brad Dwyer for 2023. 

Hendo the Braveheart

Keighley’s head of rugby and former Scotland international Andrew Henderson representing his heritage at the club’s awards night!

Matt Prior’s retirement plans

Leeds forward Matt Prior plans on hanging up the boots when his contract expires at the end of the 2023 season. (Yorkshire Post)

However, the 35-year-old first will be looking to lift the Super League Grand Final trophy with the Rhinos at Old Trafford against St Helens this Saturday.

Liam Sutcliffe desperate to finish on high

Leeds centre Liam Sutcliffe is desperate to finish his career with the club with a Grand Final ring. (Leeds Live)

The 27-year-old will join Hull for the 2023 Super League campaign and will see his final Rhinos game at Old Trafford this Saturday in the Grand Final.

Hull KR on the hunt for further recruitment

Hull KR could be on the hunt for further recruits for the 2023 campaign. (Hull Daily Mail)

New boss Willie Peters has already added Tom Opacic, Jesse Sue, Rhys Kennedy, James Batchelor, Yusuf Aydin and Louis Senior to their squad for next season. 


Former Penrith, Wests Tigers, Canberra and Widnes forward Danny Galea turns 39 today (September 20).

Also celebrating; Ex-New Zealand international winger Jason Nightingale (36) & current Parramatta back-rower Isaiah Papali’i (24).

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About Josh McAllister 1909 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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