Rugby League Today: Brave Masoe, Sheens shocker & MP’s funding petition

General View Mend a Hose Jungle Stadium, Castleford,

What’s on site

Mose Masoe’s emotional interview reveals that his girls keep asking when he’s getting back to normal, following the horrific injury he suffered earlier this year.

The big news of yesterday was Tim Sheens’ shock resignation as Widnes coach, with no further reason given by the club for the Australian’s departure.

Former St Helens forward Sia Soliola has signed a new deal with Canberra Raiders.

Super League has confirmed the schedule for upcoming games.

Wigan have cancelled training following positive coronavirus tests – they are due to play Warrington this Friday.

What’s on social

*sets reminder for October 8, 2021

Hull? Huddersfield?

Good to see these heroes get the credit they deserve, even if it’s far too late.

What’s in the papers

Castleford MP Yvette Cooper has launched a petition to garner support for proper funding for rugby league, after a grant was signed off for National League football. So far, rugby league’s only support has come in the shape of a £16m loan. Cooper said: “I’m going to be presenting the petition to Parliament and to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Rugby league is too important to our towns.”

Melbourne’s Brandon Smith has caused a storm Down Under for pinching a lollipop from a kid. Yes, you read that right. Here it is in The Sun.

Ben Murdoch-Masila is to miss Warrington’s game against Wigan through injury, reports the Warrington Guardian, and could miss their following game with Leeds too.


Young Hull centre Cameron Scott turns 21 today (October 7).

Also celebrating: Ex-Leeds forward Trent Merrin (31); York-bound Ryan Atkins (35); ex-Huddersfield forward Ryan Hinchcliffe (36); prolific former London Bronco Tony Martin (42).

What’s on TV/radio

4pm – Rugby AM – FreeSports


Tim Sheens was in charge of Widnes for just seven games – winning five.

1 Comment

  1. Rugby League is NOT “too important” in many of the towns where Rugby League is played. If only that was the case but it isn’t. Attendances show that.
    RL is a remarkable game but the actual game is perceived as not the primary reason for any clubs existence.
    It would be a boost to the game as a whole if a grant was forthcoming BUT SL would demand the largest share and waste it like they usually do, as would other clubs.
    The current structure and administration of the game, IMO, doesn’t actually do the whole game any favours at all, too much self interest.

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