Rugby League Today: Big Bulls losses revealed, new look for Super League & Warrington hopeful Murdoch-Masila will stay

What’s on site

Here’s what we’ve learned from the first two weeks of the Great Britain tour and international rugby league in the latest editor’s column.

14 of the 16 places at the 2021 World Cup have now been claimed – we run through who has qualified, and detail the final two qualifying matches later this month.

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has been fined following his controversial comments about referees after their Challenge Cup final defeat to Warrington.

We’ve teamed up rugby league’s meal prep kings, Heaven N Health – find out more about the new partnership here.

In this week’s Paper Talk, there’s news on the futures of Brett Ferres, Ryan Brierley and Matt Frawley.

Salford have confirmed the signing of prop Sebastine Ikahihifo from Huddersfield on a season-long loan.

What’s on social

Super League have revealed a brand new look and logo ahead of today’s fixture announcement.

We might have to add a politics section at this rate.

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Tim Sheens met Widnes fans for the first time last night.

What’s in the papers

Bradford’s accounts have revealed an astonishing £1.4m losses in just two years of trading, reports the Telegraph & Argus.

Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick says in the Warrington Guardian they are hopeful that Tonga forward Ben Murdoch-Masila will stay at the club, despite interest from NRL clubs following his international performances.

Brian Noble has backed Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett despite two opening defeats on tour, reports The Mirror.

James Webster has confirmed Featherstone’s interest in Brett Ferres, who could yet still be offered a deal to stay at Leeds, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Birthdays

Former Great Britain, Castleford, Sheffield, Leeds and Widnes back-rower Andy Hay turns 46 today (November 5th).

Also celebrating: four Yorkshire-club man James Evans (41); South Sydney playmaker John Sutton (35), ex-Widnes prop Alex Gerrard (28); current St Helens and Wales international Morgan Knowles (23).

Trivia

Toronto Wolfpack are the 23rd different club to play in Super League – only Workington and Gateshead have only managed one season.