RL Today: Matty Russell Salford U-turn, Burrow has say on drug allegations & Kheirallah latest

Matty Russell
Matty Russel in action for Leigh

Matty Russell reveals Salford U-turn

Matty Russell revealed that he could have been at Salford this year instead of Toulouse. (Manchester Evening News)

The former Warrington winger had agreed a deal with the Red Devils before joining Super League’s newest side.

Russell, 28, has travelled well in his career; Gold Coast Titans and Toronto on his list of former clubs.

Rob Burrow has say on drug allegations

Leeds legend Rob Burrow has reacted to recent allegations about rugby league and drugs. (Examiner Live)

Former players Jamie Acton and Oliver Wilkes have recently spoken out about their drug use.

Mark Kheirallah latest

Toulouse head coach Sylvain Houles has said that full-back Mark Kheirallah will never play for his team again.

“Mark won’t play for again for us. As simple as that,” Houles said following their Salford fixture.

The Toulouse boss is hopeful that he will have new recruits shortly.

More impressive Channel 4 figures

Rugby league on Channel 4 saw its second edition over the weekend as Hull hosted St Helens.

The game had an average of 468,000 viewers on Saturday afternoon, with the 12:30pm kick-off.

An average of 531,000 watched Leeds host Warrington in round one on Channel 4.

Former referee Richard Silverwood has say on Gale red card

Ex-referee Richard Silverwood wasn’t impressed by Luke Gale’s sending off over the weekend.

The Hull skipper was sent from the field for a high boot on opposition Jonny Lomax.

https://twitter.com/SilversRef/status/1495199824358088716

Championship round-up

Just three Championship games over the weekend survived Storm Eunice.

Featherstone maintained their unbeaten start with a win 30-12 win over London Broncos. Newcastle Thunder claimed a 40-24 home win over Whitehaven. Leigh registered 40 points against York for a 40-4 score. Dewsbury host Widnes tonight live on Premier Sports.

Birthdays

Former Great Britain international Keith Mumby turns 65 today (February 21).

Also celebrating: Ex-Australia representative Ben Ikin (45), Featherstone centre Craig Hall (34), Barrow hooker Nathan Mossop (34) and Hull KR utility Will Dagger (23).

Trivia

Josh Charnley scored his 250th career try against Castleford on his 100th Warrington appearance!

About Josh McAllister 1532 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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