Rugby League Today: 2020 cup final date, more flak for referees & the fight for survival

James Gordon

What’s on site

Wakefield coach Chris Chester reckons one win will be enough to ensure their Super League survival – and he wants it next week at Hull KR.

Rival Danny Ward thinks London Broncos showed enough in defeat to Castleford to suggest that they will survive the dreaded drop.

Toulouse and Leigh have all but secured their places in the Championship play-offs, joining runaway leaders Toronto. York and Featherstone are likely to make sure of their berths in the coming weeks.

It’s becoming quite the fashion to criticise referees in the post-match press conference, and Hull’s Lee Radford had a pop at Liam Moore following the Airlie Birds 26-16 win over Wakefield on Sunday.

Forget the drop, all Hull KR coach Tony Smith wants to know is what fuels new signing Dean Hadley – he wants some for his car!

We’ve had a look at six candidates for a coaches job in Super League – though the vacant St Helens post may be beyond a few of them.

Deal or no deal BEXIT. We’ll find out this week, apparently. Bradford have revealed three alternatives to Odsal if Andrew Chalmers’ demands aren’t met by August 15.

What’s on social

England (Great Britain)!

Retro round in Super League next?

A fair point.

What’s in the papers

The Challenge Cup final will take place on July 18 in 2020, according to Nigel Wiskar in The Mirror. Plenty of other belting lines in that piece too.

Salford full-back Niall Evalds revealed his Latvian heritage in an interview with The Sun, where he also discusses his try scoring exploits with the high-flying Red Devils this season.

Also in The Sun, London Broncos have launched a probe after a player received torrents of abuse on social media recently.

England prop James Graham made his 400th career appearance over the weekend, and was greeted with a surprise visit by his family to mark the occasion, reports the St Helens Star.


England flier Tom Johnstone, cruelly sidelined with injury at Wakefield this season, celebrates his 24th birthday today.

Also celebrating: France and Toulouse outside back Gavin Marguerite (23); Australia, Queensland and Brisbane forward Matt Gillett (31).

What’s on TV/radio

10pm – Super League Full Time – Sky Sports Action

11.59pm – Super League Show – BBC One


Halifax are set to finish outside of the Championship top six for the first time since 2006.