RL Today: Makinson surprises fan, Isa all class & Toulouse receive more support

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Former Man of Steel Brett Hodgson will take tips from Eddie Jones and the top English football clubs into his coaching role with Hull.

The longest season in history will finally come to a conclusion on Friday night and Wigan coach Adrian Lam reckons Super League will be the winner.

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf says his players will find a way of celebrating if they become the first team to successfully defend a Super League title for eight years.

The 2021 Super League season will start on March 11, with the Grand Final being played at Old Trafford on October 9.

Catalans are set to make the long-anticipated signings of Wales international prop Gil Dudson and England back-rower Mike McMeeken.

What’s in the papers

“Tactically the best” – former Hull FC favourite Aaron Heremaia gives his verdict on Brett Hodgson appointment, reports Hull Live.

Willie Isa on growing up with ‘magic’ Lachlan Coote, reports Wigan Today.

Saints skipper James Roby on why Grand Final against Wigan would still be as intense played on a public park, reports St Helens Star.

Bradford sure to be interested as Magic Weekend and Grand Final return to iconic venues, reports The Telegraph & Argus.

Castleford raid Huddersfield again for Jordan Turner, reports The Yorkshire Post.

What’s on social

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has thrown his support behind Toulouse’s bid for Super League.

This is a nice touch from Tommy Makinson and Paul Sculthorpe…

And all class from Willie Isa too…

What’s on TV/Radio

LIVE SL GF: Wigan v St Helens (Sky Sports Main Event & Mix – 7:45pm)

Podcast: The Final Hooter 2020 #14 – Grand Final preview, Sean O’Loughlin & more.

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

Fiji and Melbourne Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu turns 25 today.

Also celebrating; Hull KR’s new recruit Ryan Hall (33), Wigan prop Joe Bullock (28) and Rochdale winger Shaun Ainscough (31).

Trivia

Only St Helens and Leeds have ever won back-to-back Grand Finals and it is 20 years since Saints last achieved the feat.

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