RL Today: Kirmond’s smooth transition, Makinson living the dream & Hodgson on Hull captains

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Paper Talk: Jackson Hastings on his way, Catalans TV deal & Championship Grand Final venue.

Matt Prior considered retiring before returning to Leeds after lockdown struggles.

Castleford’s recruitment and strength in depth excites Paul McShane.

Jake Wardle on: Huddersfield’s new era, competition for places & the World Cup.

France approached England for mid-season international.

What’s in the papers

“It’s exciting” – Wakefield chairman Michael Carter on Belle Vue redevelopment plans, reports Yorkshire Live.

Tommy Makinson living Saints dream with more memories to make, reports St Helens Star.

Warrington squad want good send-off for Steve Price, reports Warrington Guardian.

Danny Kirmond quickly settling into Championship life with York, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Brett Hodgson explains how Hull’s three co-captains will share the role, reports Hull Live.

What’s on social

Impressive promo from the NRL.

Tomkins Magic.

To say this clip has got more than 668k views on Twitter alone is impressive.

What’s on TV/Radio

NRL Tonight – Fox League (7am)

NRL 360 – Fox League (7:30am)

Building Titans (3/4) – Fox League (8:30am)

Building Titans (4/4) – Fox League (9am)

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 North Queensland Cowboys and Wigan favourite Matty Bowen turns 39 today.

Also celebrating; former Oldham prop Se’e Solomona (56), ex-Hull and Castleford full-back Richard Gay (52), former France international Fabien Devecchi (46), Papua New Guinea international Stargroth Amean (30) and Catalans forward Mickael Goudemand (25).

Trivia

The highest Grand Final attendance came in 2015, when 73,512 people saw Leeds beat Wigan 22-20 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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