RL Today: Widdop next move, Hull KR injury boost & World Cup importance

Drew Darbyshire
Gareth Widdop Warrington Wolves

Widdop’s next move

Warrington half-back Gareth Widdop has finalised his move to Castleford for the 2023 Super League season. (Yorkshire Live)

It is reported that he is set to join on a two-year deal, having seemingly played his last game for Warrington after getting injured at Magic Weekend.

World Cup importance

Australia coach Mal Meninga believes the delayed World Cup is vital for making international rugby league a household brand. (Mirror)

Meninga told the Mirror: “It’s important we get it right, every team is strong as can be, we play as best we can and promote it as best we can. It’s like a starting point again for us. For the international game I do think it’s really critical this works. And we do everything we possibly can to make it work.”


Hull KR injury boost

Scotland international Kane Linnett is back in training with Hull KR following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. (Hull Live)

The 33-year-old has not played since tearing his bicep in a win over Wakefield back in April. However, the Robins could be boosted by his return in the coming weeks.

Smith leaves Dewsbury

Championship club Dewsbury have confirmed the departure of half-back Alex Smith.

Smith made 15 appearances for the Rams over the past two seasons, with seven of those coming in 2022.

Hall granted testimonial

Featherstone talisman Craig Hall has been granted a testimonial year for 2023.

He said: “I’ve been very lucky to have been involved in professional rugby league since my debut in 2007 and also just to have a career in something I’ve always and still love.”

Verdicts on Super League ban appeals

St Helens forward Sione Mata’utia and Hull KR’s Dean Hadley were successful in their appeals against their respective suspensions.

However, Leeds prop Matt Prior was unsuccessful with his appeal and his two-match ban remains.


Former New Zealand and Samoa international Ali Lauiti’iti turns 44 today (July 13).

Also celebrating; Ex-Wigan and Halifax full-back Daryl Cardiss (45), former Halifax, Featherstone and Swinton winger Shaun Robinson (34) and Manly Sea Eagles’ Kiwi half-back Kieran Foran (33),


Jamaica international Mo Agoro will be looking to score a try for the 11th consecutive game should he cross for Keighley against Cornwall on Sunday.

Only eight players have managed to score in more than 10 games in a row in the summer era.

Luke Briscoe equalled the world record of 17 back in 2018, also held by Eric Harris of Leeds.

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