Rugby League Today: Barba release reports, Williams future, RL meets Love Island

Drew Darbyshire

There is huge talk surrounding the futures of Ben Barba and George Williams right now.

What’s on site

Wigan went three points clear of third-placed Castleford as new coaches Shaun Edwards and Adrian Lam watched on from the stands. Read our report here

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said his side’s first half was unacceptable in their defeat at Wigan.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane insists George Williams has not been affected by recent speculation linking him with a move Down Under.

In this week’s edition of Life after League, we caught up with former Super League tackling-machine Jon Clarke.

Toulouse will play Leeds for the first time since their famous Challenge Cup semi-final appearance back in 2005 in The Qualifiers this weekend. The 19-man squads have been announced

Former Great Britain and Leeds centre Keith Senior has been showing the rugby league ropes to Love Island star Chris Hughes ahead of a Wembley date.

Wigan face yet another fight to keep hold of one its stars after George Williams revealed he wants to play in the NRL next season.

Ben Barba is set to return to the NRL at the end of the season after agreeing a release from his deal at St Helens, according to reports Down Under.

What’s in the papers

Wigan treat watching Shaun Edwards to thrilling Super 8s win over Castleford, report The Guardian.

Wigan 24 Castleford 22: Shaun Wane’s reaction, report Wigan Today.

Wire 56 Catalans 6 as it happened, report Warrington Guardian.

Justin Holbrook: Ben Barba future could be resolved over next couple of weeks, report St Helens Star.

Hull FC’s winless run continues as Wakefield Trinity dominate second half at the KCOM Stadium, report Hull Daily Mail.

Hull KR begin Super League survival fight with defeat at home to Salford Red Devils, report Hull Daily Mail.

Kallum Watkins backing Leeds to beat drop, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

Keiron Cunningham, Daniel Mortimer and Kyle Lovett depart Leigh, report Leigh Journal.

What’s on social

A couple of interesting results…

A crucial win for Salford last night!

Ollie Partington, remember the name…

A game of two halves says Paul McShane…

What’s on TV/Radio

LIVE QUALIFIERS: Leeds Rhinos v Toulouse Olympique XIII – 3.10pm, Sky Sports Action

Qualifiers Highlights: Leeds Rhinos v Toulouse Olympique XIII Highlights – 1.30am, Sky Sports Action

The latest Super League Pod is available to download now, in association with Love Rugby League.

The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

The latest Rugby League show on Proper Sport is available to download now.

The latest Whippets and Flat Caps podcast is available to download now, presented by Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The latest Rugby League on talkSPORT 2 podcast is available to download now.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.