RL Today: Sinfield honour, Hull boost & Leeds accept Bentley ban

Drew Darbyshire
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Sinfield honour

Kevin Sinfield says it was ‘a huge honour’ to be made an honorary Freeman of the Borough of Oldham.

The Leeds Rhinos legend received the honour at Oldham’s Civic Centre on Monday evening for his ’eminent services and inspiring achievements’.

Sinfield said: “It’s a great honour to receive this recognition from my hometown and I want to thank Oldham Council for this special commemoration.

“I am also exceptionally thankful for the support the people of this town have given me over the years, especially since my retirement.

“Your overwhelming support for my team-mate Rob Burrow through his journey with Motor Neurone Disease, and the backing you have given me to raise funds for this important cause has been incredible so thank you.”

The Honorary Freeman of the Borough is the highest award a council can bestow upon a person.

Hull boost

Hull FC are hoping to welcome back captain Carlos Tuimavave in Saturday’s match against Leigh (Hull Live)

The former Samoa international hasn’t played since rupturing his Achilles tendon last June.

FC coach Tony Smith told Hull Live: “Carlos is back running – he isn’t too far away now. Hopefully that return is next week (Leigh game).”

Halifax blow

Halifax Panthers have been dealt a major blow with in-form winger Lachlan Walmsley suffering a gruesome injury. (Yorkshire Live)

The Scotland international suffered a compound dislocation to his finger during Halifax’ 34-10 win over Keighley on Sunday.

The Scotland international is facing around a month on the sidelines, according to Yorkshire Live.

Bosc bosses Barcelona marathon

Congratulations to Catalans Dragons assistant coach Thomas Bosc, who completed the Barcelona Marathon at the weekend. A massive achievement!


Leeds accept Bentley ban

The Rhinos will not be appealing against the one-match ban handed to James Bentley by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel.

The Ireland international received a one-match ban for a Grade B dangerous contact in their defeat to Castleford last week.

As a result, Bentley will miss Leeds’ home game against Catalans on Saturday, live on Channel 4.

The club tweeted: “Leeds Rhinos have accepted the one game suspension for forward James Bentley following his Grade B charge for dangerous contract and the Irish international will miss Saturday’s game against Catalans Dragons at Headingley.”

Rushton hungry for more

Huddersfield’s new signing Harry Rushton hopes to stay in Ian Watson’s side after making his debut in their defeat to his former club Wigan last week. (The Yorkshire Post)

The Ireland international linked up with the Giants on a three-year deal from this season following a spell in the NRL with Canberra Raiders.

Rushton told The Yorkshire Post: “I hope so but I’m just taking every day as it comes. Competition is fierce. There are a lot of middles and back-rowers. I see myself as a ball-playing 13 eventually but I’ll go wherever I’m needed.”


Former England, Wigan, Hull KR and Catalans Dragons forward Joel Tomkins turns 36 today (March 21).

Also celebrating; Featherstone captain James Lockwood (37), ex-Wales international Andy Bracek (36), ex-France international Antoni Maria (36), ex-Hull FC and Hull KR half-back Albert Kelly (32), Hull forward Andre Savelio (28) and Halifax prop Dan Murray (27).


England international Michael McIlorum made his 100th appearance for Catalans Dragons in their 26-12 win over Hull KR on Saturday.

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