A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.
What’s on site
What’s in the papers
Suspension of training for Championship and League 1 sides “a big blow” says Bradford and Dewsbury’s Mark Sawyer, reports The Yorkshire Post.
Leeds forward Stevie Ward retires following long-term concussion issues, reports the Mirror.
Leeds announce 2021 squad numbers – Mikolaj Oledzki moves up as place is left open for possible recruit, reports Yorkshire Evening Post.
Leeds’ Stevie Ward, 27, retires after concussions cause memory loss, reports The Sun.
Leeds’ Stevie Ward ‘haunted’ by future as concussion forces retirement at 27, reports The Guardian.
What’s on social
Stevie Ward has had a remarkable career!
Former Leeds Rhinos skipper Stevie Ward has announced his retirement aged just 27. Thank you to Stevie for his contribution to the club having come through the Academy ranks to become a Challenge Cup and Grand Final winner
➡️ More here https://t.co/zFpBXugG3O pic.twitter.com/fAEu3uSMY5
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) January 5, 2021
A throwback to a Challenge Cup upset…
📆 Today is #NationalBirdDay…
🦅 Here's a throwback to when the @SheffieldEagles soared in 1998!
— The Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) January 5, 2021
Josh Reynolds has landed in the UK!
👋 𝙒𝙀𝙇𝘾𝙊𝙈𝙀 𝙅𝙊𝙎𝙃 👋
🛬 He's here – new recruit @joshreynolds9 has just landed in the UK, and he's got a quick message for you Black & White fans…👀
(Also, shorts?! 😳🥶)
— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) January 5, 2021
What’s on TV/Radio
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.
Former New Zealand and Samoa international Roy Asotasi turns 39 today.
Also celebrating; Scotland and Leigh hooker Liam Hood (29) and USA international Corey Makelim (27).
Eight teams will compete in the women’s Rugby League World Cup this year – Brazil, Canada, Australia, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, England and France.
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