Rugby League Today: Catalans eye Folau, Wigan and Warrington at loggerheads & Hudgell blasts Toronto

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

The 2020 Challenge Cup third round draw has been made. The British Army have been handed home advantage against Ince Rose Bridge at their Aldershot base.

Hull FC forward Scott Taylor says it’s time for them to deliver a Super League Grand Final for their fans.

Matty Smith has found himself being a coach as well as a player at his new club Widnes.

Wakefield have signed prop Romain Navarrete on loan from Wigan, with the Warriors offering a new long-term deal to Ireland international Liam Byrne.

The latest paper talk is out now. St Helens are hopeful on retaining Luke Thompson, Niall Evalds is set for Salford stay and Batley are eying up a Hull FC playmaker.

What’s in the papers

Controversial cross-code rugby player Israel Folau is being heavily linked with a move to Catalans, report L’Independant.

Wigan and Warrington have cancelled a joint press conference “in lieu of the current climate between the two organisations”, report Warrington Guardian.

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell calls Toronto Wolfpack’s attempts to railroad Super League cynical and unacceptable, report Hull Live.

Shaun Edwards says “people in Wigan need to know the truth” about his u-turn, report Wigan Today.

Gareth Ellis refuses to rule out playing until 40 ahead of Super League kick-off, report the Mirror.

What’s on social

Extra spice on Thursday…

Twitter hasn’t taken well to the Folau-Catalans link…

That Smith-Slater combo though…

What’s on TV/Radio

Tanya Arnold is joined by the stars of Super League to look ahead to the 2020 season in the first Super League Show of 2020.

Podcast: The Final Hooter 2020 #1 – we are back with a bang!

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.

We’ve got some top video content coming soon (biased, we know).


Hull KR forward Elliot Minchella turns 24 today.

Also celebrating; New Zealand international Jordan Kahu (29), Tonga international Vai Toutai (27) and Italy international Nicholas Okladnikov (22).


Leeds lead the way in the Super League era with eight Grand Final wins.


  1. What was that Mr Pearson, of Hull, said about SL unity when decrying Toronto? Seems Wigan and Warrington are not singing off the same hymn sheet either.???‍♂️

  2. I agree with Mr Pearson of Hull and Mr Hudgell about Toronto. Don’t know what there doing in Super League causing nothing but problems. Why can’t they just form a North America league and play in that. If they must play in Super league they knew the rules and should shut up and get on with it.

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