RL Today: Semi-finals await Hull, Super League’s minimum criteria & off-contract players

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Hull will meet league leaders Wigan in the semi-finals after beating Warrington 27-14 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the elimination play-offs last night.

As Featherstone became the latest Championship club to officially launch their bid for Super League, candidates have been shown the minimum criteria needed to fill the vacant 12th spot.

Hull KR have announced the signing of Melbourne Storm prop Albert Vete on a two-year contract.

More off-contract NRL players who could shine in Super League.

Catalans full-back Sam Tomkins says his team owe it to owner Bernard Guasch to make a concerted push for a maiden Grand Final.

What’s in the papers

Salford skipper Lee Mossop insists the Red Devils remain on track for success despite Ian Watson’s departure, reports Manchester Evening News.

Which Wigan players are still out of contract? reports Wigan Today.

Leeds forward James Donaldson ready to break Super League play-off duck, reports Yorkshire Evening Post.

Albert Vete’s first words after swapping Melbourne Storm for Hull KR, reports Hull Live.

Hull crush Warrington’s Grand Final hopes with elimination play-off victory, reports The Guardian.

What’s on social

Jake Connor was superb for Hull last night.

Hull are just 80 minutes away from playing in a Grand Final at their home ground!

Wigan are building a very strong team for 2021.

What’s on TV/Radio

LIVE women’s State of Origin: Queensland v New South Wales (Sky Sports Arena & Mix – 8:45am)

LIVE SL: Catalans v Leeds (Sky Sports Arena & Mix – 7:45pm)

Podcast: The Final Hooter 2020 #13 – Toronto fallout, Sunshine on Leyth & unfulfilled potential?

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

Former New Zealand and Wigan centre David Vaealiki turns 40 today.

Also celebrating; St George Illawarra Dragons legend Jamie Soward (36), Canterbury Bulldogs prop Dylan Napa (28) and Hull KR full-back Adam Quinlan (28).

Trivia

Hull’s only Super League Grand Final appearance to date came in 2006, when they lost 26-4 against St Helens at Old Trafford.

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1 Comment

  1. I would suggest that many current SL clubs couldn’t fit the criteria being asked of a “new” team and the retention of funds shows just how out of step and greedy the current incumbents are.
    So many will bring NOTHING to the table, as they said Toronto didn’t, but Toronto wasn’t a liability on the funding by clubs who took everything and give nothing back and will continue to do so.
    Parochialism at its finest.
    Whoever gets in will NOT be wanted by some clubs.

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