Rugby League Today: Bateman’s amateur return, Nzoungou’s Bradford bow & Stranger Things in Wigan

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Valencia have ambitious plans to attract more teams for exhibitions in 2020, along with competing in the new Spanish national league.

Leeds have signed centre Rhys Evans from Bradford on a season-long loan deal. The Welshman has earned three caps for his country.

Our weekly round-up of the French game is out now. Limoux have lost their unbeaten record as Toulouse were thumped again.

Editor James Gordon has been spending hours on end writing reviews of the 2019 season, with part three being the latest of the series. He looks in detail at what went on between July and September.

Salford have revealed their squad numbers for 2020. Kevin Brown will wear the number seven, while Dan Sarginson gets four.

What’s in the papers

John Bateman goes back to his roots to train and run water at old amateur club, report the Mirror.

Ben Flower has one driving New Year ambition – to land a new Wigan deal, report Wigan Today.

New Bradford signing Levy Nzoungou will make his first Bulls appearance in the friendly with Leeds next week, report The Telegraph & Argus.

Leeds’ new recruit Matt Prior sure he can adapt quickly to Super League, report The Yorkshire Post.

Regan Grace believes Super League champions St Helens can get even better, report The Sun.

What’s on social

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown was pictured wearing a Wigan jersey on her Instagram. She is apparently dating Warriors’ academy player Joseph Robinson, who is the son of Jason.

Hats off to John Bateman.

A story that needs to be told!

What’s on TV/Radio

Podcast: The Final Hooter International #2 – full-time report and analysis by Love Rugby League.

Episode 46: Love Rugby League Weekly, hosted by deputy editor Drew Darbyshire.

The latest Chasing Kangaroos – An International Rugby League podcast is available to download now.

The latest Howlin’ Hour podcast is available to download now. Toronto Wolfpack founder Eric Perez is a special guest on the show.

Birthdays

Wakefield prop Chris Green turns 30 today.

Also celebrating; Tonga international Sio Siua Taukeiaho (28), Australia international Dane Gagai (29) and Widnes centre Lloyd Roby (21).

Trivia

South Sydney Rabbitohs are the most dominant club in the history of Australian rugby league, having won 21 Premierships.

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