RL Today: Napa future, Rhinos return, Roberts’ new club & Jamaica ace leaves York

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Dylan Napa in action for the Cook Islands at the 2021 World Cup

Napa future

Catalans Dragons have informed prop Dylan Napa that he’s free to explore options elsewhere despite being under contract for 2023. (Yorkshire Live)

The Cook Islands international powerhouse has been linked with Wakefield, but Yorkshire Live report that move won’t be happening due to Napa’s wage demands.

Roberts finds new club

Former Warrington half-back Tyrone Roberts has signed for Queensland Cup side Burleigh Bears for the 2023 season.

The Australian played 33 games during his sole campaign with the Wolves in 2018.

Roberts has made more than 150 appearances in the NRL for Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos.

Jamaica international leaves York

Championship club York have granted Jacob Ogden a release from the final year of his contract.

The centre joined the Knights ahead of last season, making 13 appearances. Ogden has won six caps for Jamaica and played in their first-ever World Cup this year.

Rhinos return to Twitter

Super League giants Leeds are back on Twitter after a short hiatus!

The Rhinos tweeted: “Phew. We’re back! I’d love to tell you that a major international network decided to take us down because we were the biggest rugby league club in the world on Twitter! But it’s a cautionary tale, don’t mess with settings unless you know what you’re doing, sorry everyone!”

 

Domestic rugby back underway in Greece

The domestic rugby league season in Greece – the first since the sport gained official government recognition in the country – begins on Sunday, on the back of the men’s national side making their debut in the recent World Cup, and the women’s having won the inaugural Euro B South competition.

Nine men’s teams are split into two pools, in the East division: Rhodes Knights, Attica Rhinos and Athens Raiders, and in the West: AEK, Aris Eagles, Glyfada Sharks, Patra Panthers, Perama Tigers and Pyrrichios, whilst four women’s teams: Attica Rhinos, Aris Eagles, Athens Raiders and Patra Panthers will face each other. The schedule shows a triple-header Grand Final on March 18, 2023, for all three divisions.

Birthdays

Wales and Widnes coach John Kear turns 68 today (November 25).

Also celebrating; Warrington legend Mark Forster (58), former Great Britain international Paul Johnson (44), new Hull signing Liam Sutcliffe (28) and Wigan forward Joe Shorrocks (23).

Trivia

Saturday’s World Cup final between Australia and Samoa was the fourth best attended Rugby League World Cup match in history, with 67,502 inside Old Trafford.

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Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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