RL Today: Wales to face Cumbria & Salford add Welsh duo to first team
Wales to face Cumbria
Kyle Amor confirmed at his testimonial dinner on Saturday night that he will be part of the Cumbria team to face Wales in Whitehaven on Saturday, October 21.
The Welsh will use the game as part of their preparations for the European Championship this autumn.
Massive thanks for all that attended the Whitehaven fans forum last night.
Really excited to announce my Testimonial game will be held at Whitehaven later this – Cumbria vs @WalesRugbyL on Saturday 21st of October 🏉https://t.co/7gciJLspsk pic.twitter.com/X592EuXB2v
— Kyle Amor (@kylejamor87) January 29, 2023
Salford add Welsh duo to first team
Salford have rewarded young Welsh pair Joe Coope-Franklin and Billy Walkley with first team squad numbers for the upcoming Super League season.
The pair have progressed through the club’s partnership with Coleg y Cymoedd and the Wales Rugby League Academy.
Centre Coope-Franklin and full-back Walkley will wear numbers 29 and 30 respectively.
We're delighted to announce Joe Coope-Franklin and Billy Walkley have been added to Paul Rowley's first-team squad for the 2023 season, and will wear numbers 29 and 30 respectively.
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— Salford Red Devils 👹 (@SalfordDevils) January 28, 2023
Kasiano confident in Warrington
New recruit Sam Kasiano believes Warrington have all the ingredients to be a much better side than what they were last season. (Warrington Guardian)
The powerhouse prop told the Warrington Guardian: “Last year is last year. We’re a new team and we’re ready to go. I think I’ve still got some good footy left in me and hopefully I can show it over these two years. I’ll give it a good crack and I’d like to win something. I think we can with this group here so fingers crossed.”
Leeds injury update
New recruit James McDonnell limped off the field during their 24-10 win over neighbours Bradford in a pre-season friendly yesterday. (Leeds Live)
However, Leeds assistant coach Chev Walker said after the game it was nothing to worry about. He told Leeds Live: “Yeah, fine, just a precaution really, I don’t think there’s a major issue there. He could have come on and played again.”
Walker also confirmed new signing Derrell Olpherts was a late withdrawal through illness.
Bradford wait on PNG star
Papua New Guinea international Keven Appo will make his move to Bradford as soon as his visa application is complete. (The Telegraph & Argus)
The 23-year-old forward starred for the Kumuls during the World Cup last year.
Bulls coach Mark Dunning told The Telegraph & Argus: “He’s got his bags in one hand and just waiting for the other to be filled with a piece of paper and then he’s on his way.”
There were a number of pre-season friendlies at the weekend, including Super League, Championship and League 1 clubs. Here are the results:
Mark Percival testimonial: St Helens 16-12 Widnes
Whitehaven 4-38 Castleford
Barrow 26-14 Wigan
Hunslet 12-20 Batley
Sheffield 36-24 Doncaster
Wakefield 24-12 Featherstone
Law Cup: Oldham 18-14 Rochdale
Leeds 24-10 Bradford
Salford 26-22 Swinton
Former New Zealand international and Bradford favourite Shontayne Hape turns 42 today (January 30).
Also celebrating; former Hull forward Mark Minichiello (41), ex-France international William Barthau (33), former NRL hooker Andrew McCullough (33), former Wakefield forward Chris Annakin (32), ex-Samoa international Matthew Wright (32), new Salford signing Ben Hellewell (31), Cook Islands international Makahesi Makatoa (30), Jamaica international Izaac Farrell (25), Keighley recruit Brad Walker (25) and England international Kelsey Gentles (24).
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