RL Today: Kruise Leeming linked to NRL & Leeds star targets England debut

Josh McAllister
Kruise Leeming, SWPix

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Kruise Leeming linked to NRL

With Leeds Live originally breaking the story, Kruise Leeming has requested a release from the Rhinos and has been linked with a move to the NRL.

The 27-year-old did not feature in Thursday night’s defeat to Castleford at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Journalist Steve Mascord has reported that the England international could be on his way to the North Queensland Cowboys with immediate effect.

Leeds star targets England debut

After an impressive start to the season, Leeds youngster Tom Holroyd has shared his desire of one day representing England. (Leeds Live)

The 22-year-old forward has previously represented England at academy and Knights level, and has been ever-present for the Rhinos in 2023.

Philbin on recovery from serious injury

Joe Philbin has discussed his return from injury as the international forward is set to make his first appearance since last June against Leigh. (Warrington Guardian)

Philbin, 28, suffered a season-ending ACL injury last year against Hull. And nine months on, he has been named in Daryl Powell’s 21-man squad for Friday’s Round Five Super League fixture at home. 

Wellens Q&A

St Helens boss Paul Wellens sits down with St Helens Star reporter Mike Critchley to reflect on his side’s defeat to Leigh Leopards. (St Helens Star)

The world champions are just one win from three in Super League following their World Club Challenge glory.

Bradford outside-back makes loan move

Bradford outside-back Max Clarke has made a short-term loan move to League 1’s Doncaster.

Clark made the move to Odsal Stadium ahead of the current season on an initial short-term deal. He is yet to make an appearance this year.

Castleford claim first win of season

Castleford claimed their first win of 2023 on Thursday night with a 14-8 score over Leeds at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

And following the victory, interim boss Andy Last told Jenna Brooks on Sky Sports that he is ‘desperate’ to land the role permanently.

He said: “I really want it.

“I think the team obviously showed how much they wanted me to get a win. Personally, I think the effort that they put in was fantastic.

“I’m experienced. I’ve done the assistant coaching job for a while now. I’m desperate to obviously take over at Castleford because I really care about the club and I really care about the group of players.

“If we can keep putting in performances like that, hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to lead this club moving forward.”


England and St Helens superstar Jack Welsby turns 22 today. You read that right…just 22!

Also celebrating today (March 17): Ex-England international Jamie Rooney (43), Workington half-back Carl Forber (38), ex-centre Krisnan Inu (36), winger Patrick Ah Van (35), former Scotland international Alex Hurst (33) and Halifax’s Adam Tangata (32).


Derrell Olpherts made his 100th Super League appearance last night against his former club in Castleford. Leeds (5), Castleford (60) and Salford (35).

Statistic courtesy of Danny Spencer.