RL Today: Leigh’s quota spot issue & Michael Cheika reveals NRL interest

Nene Macdonald and Jy Hitchcox Leigh Leigh's SWpix
Nene Macdonald celebrates his try with Jy Hitchcox (Photo: Paul Currie / SWpix)

Leigh’s quota spot issue

Following Leigh’s confirmation of 10 new signings, the club find themselves with too many quota-spot players. (Examiner Live)

Ricky Leutele was announced by the the newly-rebranded club on Thursday. They currently have eight overseas players on their books for 2023 with Tom Amone, John Asiata, Blake Ferguson, Edwin Ipape, Ricky Leutele, Nene Macdonald, Ben Nakubuwai and Kai O’Donnell.

Michael Cheika reveals NRL interest

Argentina rugby union and Lebanon rugby league head coach Michael Cheika has revealed his interest in coaching in the NRL in the future. (Fox Sports

Cheika told Fox League’s Jake Duke: ““If that opportunity comes it’d be something that would be a huge challenge for me, because not many have done it, but I think it’d be an awesome challenge to take on.”

Bentley backs Ireland for quarters

Ireland international James Bentley has backed his side to make it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

The Leeds back-rower was among the try-scorers when the Wolfhounds beat Jamaica 48-2 in their opening fixture of the tournament. Ireland face Lebanon this Sunday in Leigh, as both sides look to battle it out for second place in Group C.

France ace commits to Toulouse

Paul Marcon has signed a new deal with Toulouse for their 2023 Championship season.

The 27-year-old France international joined the club ahead of the 2013 campaign from Villeneuve. He has made 130 appearances for the club, including 16 in Super League.

League 1 winner joins Bradford

League 1 winner Dalton Desmond-Walker has joined Bradford Bulls on a one-year deal.

The prop forward was a part of Keighley’s unbeaten League 1 winning campaign, earning promotion to the second division. 

Samoa in the community

Samoa were in the local community in Doncaster ahead of their clash with Greece in the Rugby League World Cup!

Birthdays

Former Wigan, Huddersfield, Castleford, Hull, Leigh and Barrow utility Martin Aspinwall turns 41 today (October 20).

Trivia

Kasey Badger will become the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup match when she takes charge of Monday’s Group D clash between Tonga and Wales at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens.

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1 Comment

  1. Michael Cheika coaching in the NRL? Driving the team coach if he passes the test, but no more tgan that. My cat has more chance of running out for the Penrith Panthers, she’s good under a high ball, but can’t pass to save her life.

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