RL Today: Leutele and Macdonald latest & Woolf on SL schedule

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

Ricky Leutele and Nene Macdonald on the move?

Rugby League Live are reporting that Leigh are looking to sign Huddersfield centre Ricky Leutele for the 2023 season.

Should this move happen, it may see Nene Macdonald swap Leigh for Leeds, who tonight announced the departure of Liam Sutcliffe.

Comedian named in Australia’s PDRL squad

Comedian Adam Hills has been named in the Australia squad for the PDRL World Cup in England at the end of the year. (NRL).

Hills has been a pioneer of the sport, and helped raise the profile of it in the UK. He has played for Warrington since 2018. But he declared his allegiances to Australia during an airing of The Last Leg, where the draw for the World Cup was completed.

Harry Newman says Leeds must keep improving

Leeds centre Harry Newman has said they must keep improving if they are to keep hold of sixth place. (Yorkshire Evening Post).

Newman told Yorkshire Evening Post: “Everyone knows we are in the top-six. It has taken hard work, fighting, playing together and improving.

“We have done that, but if we’re going to do what we want to do this year we’ve just got to take it week by week and continue improving.”

Craig Lingard backs Luke Hooley for Super League

Batley Head Coach Craig Lingard has backed full-back Luke Hoooley to be a success in the Super League. (Leeds Live).

He had been linked with a move to Leeds Rhinos earlier this week, and his coach believes he has the attributes to be a success at the top level.

Kristian Woolf believes too many games are played

St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf believes the number of games being played in the Super League is damaging the product. (St Helens Star).

Woolf told St Helens Star: “We are playing too many games and you are starting to see the effect of that both in terms of what players you can put out on the field. Both Saints and Cas had players missing from our top line up (we are at least 6). That is not including injuries to your younger guys underneath who would fill the gaps. There is no doubt it is affecting quality.”

Tributes paid to brother of Danny Kirmond

Featherstone and York are among the clubs to pay tribute to Jack Kirmond, younger brother of  Knights forward Danny, who died as a result of injuries he sustained during an assault. (Yorkshire Evening Post).

The incident happened outside Sharlston Rovers ARLFC in the early hours of Sunday morning. West Yorkshire Police have confirmed the incident is now a murder investigation.

Birthdays

Former Great Britain half-back Andy Gregory turns 61 today. (10th August).

Also celebrating; Doncaster CEO and former New Zealand international Carl Hall (53), former Featherstone, Bradford and St Helens centre Paul Newlove (51) and Warrington half-back Riley Dean (21).

Trivia

Nene Macdonald has worked with Rohan Smith before. Macdonald played under Smith whilst he was in charge of North Devils.

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  1. Too many games? Get a grip man. Not so very long ago many players did what a Superstar Legend of the game did. Roger Millward regularly played a while season (longer than Super League), also played Floodlit Trophy, Yorkshire Cup, Challenge Cup (many more games than today), fitted in several Great Britain matches, held down a full time job and then travelled to Australia and played a full season there as well. He wasn’t the only one. He didn’t complain. He didn’t whinge like a girlie, he got on with his glittering career and played rugby. Man, he even played a challenge cup final with a broken jaw. Now that’s a Man of Steel.
    If your princesses can’t or won’t step up to the plate and play less than one game a week over the course of a year, then my friend, they are in the wrong sport.
    Bring back the “hard men” and make our sport real again.
    They aren’t floofballers who cry when then chip their nail varnish. Or are they?

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