RL Today: UFC legend shows World Cup support & Dwayne Johnson to promote rugby league?
Dwayne Johnson to promote rugby league?
Dwayne Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock,’ could help promote the sport amid speculation an NRL game could be played in the USA. (Examiner Live)
Multi-millionaire businessman Paul Langi Kinikini has reportedly pitched for a game to be staged in Utah, reports Examiner Live.
Kinikini enjoys a close relationship with wrestling and film star Johnson.
Jesse Sene-Lefao set for Championship move
Featherstone’s Jesse Sene-Lefao is set to make the switch to Sheffield Eagles for the 2023 campaign. (Examiner Live)
The 32-year-old forward has spent just one season at Post Office Road, having joined the club from Castleford Tigers.
UFC legend Jose Aldo shows World Cup support
UFC legend Jose Aldo has shown his support for Brazil Women ahead of their inaugural World Cup campaign.
Wearing a Brazil women’s rugby league jersey, the former champion shared his support on social media.
A estrela do @ufc, @josealdojunior vestindo a camisa das Brasil Amazonas para o @RLWC2021 (agora 2022)! Obrigado ao nosso patrocinador principal @Stake por ajudar a organizar isso.
Grande exposição para @IntRL .
Compre seu uniforme: https://t.co/tmVL0ROi9M #RugbyLeague #UFC pic.twitter.com/oXRW0VXdYk
— Brasil Rugby League (@BrasilRugbyXIII) October 9, 2022
Tom Gilmore returns to Widnes
Widnes Vikings have confirmed the return of half-back Tom Gilmore on a two-year deal.
The 28-year-old made 58 appearances during his first spell with the Vikings, scoring 15 tries and adding a further 73 goals.
He has since enjoyed spells with Halifax, London and more recently Batley.
Shaun Wane close to finalising 17 for opener
England boss Shaun Wane is close to finalising his 17 for the World Cup opener against Samoa. (Yorkshire Post)
“There are a couple of niggles but I more or less know what my best 17 is,” Wane told Yorkshire Post.
Meanwhile, Mike McMeeken remains a doubt and will be monitored ahead of the opening game at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.
Samoa inspired by Tonga’s rise
Samoa have been inspired by the recent rise of Tonga according to star winger Brian To’o. (NRL)
The Penrith winger is amongst a star-studded squad named by Samoa for this year’s World Cup alongside five of his NRL Premiership winning team-mates.
Super League winner Zeb Taia turns 38 today (October 11).
Also celebrating; Hull’s Ligi Sao (30), Hull KR 2023 recruit Rhys Kennedy and forward Liam Bent (25).
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Ed Chamberlain bullish about Ireland’s World Cup prospects
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