Rugby League Today: Bennett not wanted, Lam’s son joins Wigan & Warrington offered Smith deal

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Leeds have appointed Jamie Jones-Buchanan as assistant to coach Richard Agar.

Our latest quiz is a tough one. Can you name the 20 players with the most tackle busts in Super League last year?

St Helens pair James Roby and Tommy Makinson will miss the Super League season opener against Salford, while Leeds will be without new recruit Kruise Leeming.

More than £5,000 has been raised to support Mose Masoe, after the Hull KR prop suffered a serious spinal injury in the game at Wakefield on Sunday.

York’s first home game of the 2020 Championship season against Bradford will be played at Bootham Crescent, with the new LNER Community Stadium not being ready in time.

What’s in the papers

Ian Lenagan says Super League chairmen want homegrown England coach – not Wayne Bennett, report the Mirror.

Prince Harry to make Rugby League World Cup draw as planned, report The Guardian.

Adrian Lam’s son – Bailey – is set to represent Wigan after flying over to join him in the UK, report Wigan Today.

Prince Harry has been backed to continue as a patron of the Rugby Football League as he prepares to make the 2021 World Cup draw, report The Sun.

New Widnes recruit Matty Smith says Warrington offered him a contract for 2020, report Warrington Guardian.

What’s on social

Hats off to Kyle Amor!

Rob Burrow is an excellent human being.

We are proud to be supporting Michael Shenton’s testimonial this Sunday.

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.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.


Wakefield half-back Danny Brough turns 37 today.

Also celebrating: Australia and Queensland legend Greg Inglis (33), Scotland international Danny Addy (29) and Leigh half-back Ben Reynolds (26).


Kevin Sinfield is Super League’s highest appearance maker, with 454 games under his belt for Leeds between 1997-2015.