RL Today: Tyrone McCarthy testimonial, hitman Halton & Charnley reacts to ban

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Tyrone McCarthy in action for Ireland at 2017 World Cup

Tyrone McCarthy testimonial

The Rugby Football League have granted Ireland legend Tyrone McCarthy a testimonial which will run this year.

The 32-year-old made more than 250 career appearances for Warrington, Northern Pride, Hull KR, St George Illawarra Dragons, Salford and Leigh. He retired at the end of last season after suffering a bad concussion.

McCarthy joined us for the first Love Rugby League Podcast of 2022, where he reflected on the highs and lows of his career.

LISTEN: Tyrone McCarthy talks to the Love Rugby League Podcast

Charnley reacts to his ban

Warrington winger Josh Charnley has been  handed a two-match ban by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel.

Charnley was charged with a Grade C strike in their 24-18 defeat to Catalans last week. Charnley will miss Warrington’s upcoming fixtures against Saints and Wakefield.

He tweeted: “Can someone from the RFL call me and explain why I’m banned for two games??”

 

Singleton on expansion

Wigan prop Brad Singleton believes having two French teams in Super League can only be a good thing. (Wigan Today)

The Ireland international told Wigan Today: “I’m massive on expansion. Toulouse have done it tough, starting in the bottom leagues, and a fair good following. If we can get it right, then it’s great for the game and it can benefit everyone coming over here.”

How Combined Nations All Stars could line-up

Rugby league legend Ellery Hanley will return to coaching this year when he takes charge of the Combined Nations All Stars against England.

With Hanley taking over and a host of players making their way over to Super League from the NRL in the off-season, we’ve decided to take a look at how the Combined Nations All Stars could line-up in 2022.

Hitman Halton

Hull KR’s new signing Frankie Halton has caught the eye in the first couple of rounds in Super League.

The Ireland international is enjoying his first taste of top flight rugby, having made 156 tackles so far, with only one miss.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith raved about Halton in pre-season and now its easy to see why.

STATS: Josh Charnley leading top try scorer, Frankie Halton impresses & Jai Field the metre-eater

Hull forward grateful to Hodgson

Young Hull prop Jack Brown is enjoying getting valuable minutes under his belt under coach Brett Hodgson. (The Yorkshire Post)

Brown told The Yorkshire Post: “I’m feeling positive. I am really thankful for the opportunities Brett has given me.

“He’s playing me week-in and week-out and that’s benefitting me. I think it is down to being given an opportunity, the more you play as a youngster, the more you tend to get better.”

Birthdays

Former Huddersfield and Featherstone coach Jon Sharp turns 55 today (March 8).

Also celebrating; Doncaster full-back Ben Johnston (30) and former Hull and Salford forward Jansin Turgut (26).

Trivia

Daryl Clark 300

Warrington hooker Daryl Clark made his 300th career appearance last week.

Clark’s career in numbers: 193 for Warrington, 94 for Castleford, 2 for Great Britain, 9 for England and 1 for England Knights.

About Drew Darbyshire 8174 Articles
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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