RL Today: Pryce NRL switch confirmed & Langi on Wakefield move
Pryce NRL switch confirmed
England Knights international Will Pryce will leave Huddersfield at the end of the 2023 season to take up an opportunity in the NRL.
The 19-year-old has scored 11 tries and kicked 56 goals in 27 appearances for the Giants since making his first team debut in 2021. He is regarded as one of the brightest talents in British rugby league.
Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said: “We have known for some time now via Will’s management and Will himself that he was set for a move in 2024 and we wish him every possible success.”
Langi on Wakefield move
Samisoni Langi has signed for Wakefield on two-year deal following his release from Catalans Dragons.
The centre has played in three World Cups – two for Tonga and the last one for France.
Langi said: “I’m looking forward to getting to know the people of Wakefield, putting my best foot forward and proving to the supporters that I will fit right in. I’m ready now and can’t wait to rip in.”
Charnock moves into coaching
Lewis Charnock has joined the coaching staff at Woolston Rovers community club after hanging his boots up from the professional game.
The 28-year-old half-back or hooker came through the ranks at St Helens. Charnock made 127 career appearances for Saints, Barrow, Oldham and Swinton. He also enjoyed loan spells at Bradford, Leigh and Rochdale.
PNG star signs NRL contract
Papua New Guinea international Sylvester Namo has signed a train and replacement contract with North Queensland Cowboys for the 2023 NRL season.
The 22-year-old has won four caps for the Kumuls since making his international debut last year. He played in three of their games at the World Cup.
Warrington’s classy gesture
Warrington players, coaches and staff will be donating 2023 junior memberships to young Wire fans in the town.
With the current cost of living crisis affecting tens of thousands of households in the Warrington community, the club have made a pledge to support youngsters in the town – an initiative led by the players.
More than 250 ‘Wolf Pack’ memberships in total have been pledged by the club so far – and the club are also offering the opportunity for their supporters to contribute and donate a membership to a child.
High hopes for Rushton
Huddersfield coach Ian Watson has tipped new recruit Harry Rushton as one to watch in 2023. (Yorkshire Live)
The 21-year-old has linked up with the Giants on a three-year deal from 2023 having arrived from NRL side Canberra Raiders. He made his international debut for Ireland at the World Cup.
Watson told Yorkshire Live: “Harry Rushton is probably one. I’ve been massively impressed. He’s been in three weeks now and he looks awesome.”
Australia, Queensland and Melbourne Storm legend Cooper Cronk turns 39 today (December 5).
Also celebrating; ex-Wigan forward Graeme West (69), former Wales international Brian Juliff (70), former Salford forward Shane Hansen (63), ex-Wigan hooker Martin Hall (54), former Woman of Steel Jodie Cunningham (31), Samoa international Danny Levi (26), Papua New Guinea international Dan Russell (27) and Huddersfield star Will Pryce (20).
Tim Lafai is Samoa’s all-time appearance holder, having won 18 caps for his country.
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