RL Today: Leeds star pens new deal, Leuluai praised & latest on Ottawa Aces

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

As the race gets under way to find a 12th team for Super League, it has emerged that the newcomers will receive almost half the central funding given to the other 11 clubs.

As Tommy Leuluai prepares to make his 300th appearance for Wigan in Friday’s last match of the regular season, the veteran half-back has been told he is playing too well to retire.

Irishman Ronan Michael is set to make his Super League debut for Huddersfield against Wigan on Friday night.

Former Widnes forward Simon Finnigan has left his role at Newcastle Thunder to become head coach of the Vikings.

Leigh have signed Scotland international James Bell from Toulouse for the 2021 Championship season.

What’s in the papers

Silent assassin Tommy Leuluai the key to Wigan’s bid for League Leaders Shield, reports the Mirror.

Leeds reward prop Mikolaj Oledzki with new four-year contract, reports Yorkshire Evening Post.

‘He was in tears’ – Hull’s Andy Last discusses Albert Kelly’s emotional farewell, reports Hull Live.

Wakefield coach Chris Chester proud as Trinity end their Super League campaign, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Ottawa Aces have deferred their entry into League One until 2022, reports Warrington Guardian.

What’s on social

Leigh have made an impressive signing in the shape of James Bell.

This is class!

Wigan’s 2021 home shirt.

What’s on TV/Radio

LIVE SL: Wakefield v Salford (Sky Sports Mix – 5:30pm)

LIVE SL: Wigan v Huddersfield (Sky Sports Mix – 7:45pm)

Podcast: The Final Hooter 2020 #12 – NRL Grand Final, Challenge Cup final & Return to Play.

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

Tonga and New Zealand Warriors prop Addin Fonua-Blake turns 25 today.

Also celebrating; Penrith Panthers forward Isaah Yeo (26), Bradford forward Connor Farrell (27), Whitehaven half-back Dion Aiye (34).

Trivia

If Ronan Michael makes his Huddersfield debut on Friday, he will be the first Irish-born player since Brian Carney to play in Super League.

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2 Comments

  1. Think Ottawa and any other team considering entering RL should think again. It’s a small dog that believes it is a big dog. The running of the game is an absolute mess now. Self interest, parochialism and corner shop mentality are killing interest in the game at ALL levels.
    SL quite simply are not to be trusted. The Covid shambles alone of clubs crying off shows how “in control” they were. Compare to how the NRL succeeded.
    The future is global, like it or not and the use of media. Eyes on the box are where the ££££ are. Don’t for one second believe other sports are not looking down that route,,except of course RL who live in the dark ages.
    Why is there a World Cup next Year. The game doesn’t support these imaginary national teams except for the “big” (relative) 4 and the rest are making up the numbers.
    Short termism is killing the game at semi professional level and interest is declining because there is no challenge.
    The game I was brought up with is mere shadow of what it could have been. Small minded parochialism is slowly helping its demise on so many levels, media interest being a key one yet no one seems to care.
    Give up Ottawa or any other club thinking of development, you will be made to feel unwelcome and history shows this to be the case. Only consistent old basket case clubs who offer nothing are required.

  2. IMHO, sadly, RL is seeing more and more of, so called, ‘investors’ increasingly trying to make a quick buck out of the current situation, and maybe, just maybe, hoodwinking the people that control the game!

    For goodness sake, get a grip and understand where these so called ‘investors’ are coming from! They will be out quicker than a simple ball pass in the game, if it doesn’t go their way!

    OK, following on from these opinions, I cannot understand why anyone would believe that the 12th club in the superleague should be anyone other than the London Broncos!

    They, and their 110% committed chairman and funder, answer ALL of the questions required to fill that position, rather than the fair weather people!

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