RL Today: Zak Hardaker close to securing future & Michael Maguire makes NRL move

Zak Hardaker Leeds Rhinos
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Zak Hardaker close to securing future

Zak Hardaker is close to securing his future for 2023, and it will not be with Leeds Rhinos. (Leeds Live)

The 31-year-old made the mid-season switch back to Headingley Stadium from Wigan on a short-term deal in 2022.

Leeds Live have reported that the centre or full-back is close to signing a deal away from the Rhinos for 2023, with boss Rohan Smith admitting salary cap restraints have prevented them from keeping the England international. 

Michael Maguire makes NRL move

New Zealand boss Michael Maguire will join Canberra Raiders as senior NRL consultant for the next two seasons from 2023.

The former Wigan head coach is currently in England for the World Cup with the Kiwis. He was sacked by the Wests Tigers during the 2022 NRL season.

Grant doing it for nan

Harry Grant pays tribute to his late nan after making his debut for Australia, scoring a try against Fiji in their opening World Cup clash. (Melbourne Storm)

Greece fans go crazy

Greece fans certainly enjoyed watching their nation make their debut at this year’s World Cup!

Myler impressed by Leeds recruit

Richie Myler has been impressed by current Ireland team-mate and 2023 Leeds signing James McDonnell. (Yorkshire Post)

The pair are currently on international duties with the Wolfhounds, having claimed a 48-2 victory over Jamaica in their opening game.

International band brought in for England fixtures

The official England football supporters band are expected to be at every England game from now in the World Cup, including Bolton this Saturday. (Yorkshire Live)

A live band was also present in Doncaster on Monday night as France defeated Greece at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Birthdays

Ireland international and Leeds back-rower James Bentley turns 26 today (October 19).

Also celebrating; Ex-Fiji international Wes Naiqama (40), former Super League forward Anthony England (36), ex-Wales and Wigan prop Ben Flower (35), former Australia and Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence (34), Cook Islands international Steven Marsters (23).

 

About Drew Darbyshire 8531 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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