Rugby League Today: Challenge Cup thoughts, Saints ask RFL for answers & paper talk

James Gordon

What’s on site

After the RFL rubber stamped their move to Dewsbury for 2020, Bradford could be in a new stadium within two years, according to the latest Paper Talk.

A Wembley Challenge Cup final is the jewel in rugby league’s crown – some thoughts on the Challenge Cup final in this week’s editor’s column.

Double Challenge Cup winner Gareth Ellis has blasted the decision to force winners Warrington to return to Super League action as early as this Thursday, when they travel to Salford live on Sky.

Here are some of the best fan photos from our snappers at Wembley on Saturday.

In light of Matty Smith’s move to Warrington, we’ve listed the other 36 players to have played for five or more clubs in Super League history.

Hull-bound hooker Jordan Johnstone has played his last game for Widnes, after being stretchered off during the 1895 Cup final defeat to Sheffield at Wembley.

Russia have been withdrawn from qualifying for the 2021 World Cup, and will be replaced by Serbia, who they beat in the previous phase.

What’s on social

Plenty of Challenge Cup chatter, good and bad.

Easter double header to be scrapped?

What’s in the papers

St Helens have made formal contact with the RFL over Robert Hicks’ decision not to refer Morgan Knowles “try” to the video referee in Saturday’s Challenge Cup final defeat to Warrington, reports St Helens Star.

Warrington fans turned out in their thousands to welcome their victorious heroes back to the town with an open top parade ending at the town hall, as reported by the Warrington Guardian.

Relegation haunted Hull KR have signed Toronto’s former Hull FC winger Nick Rawsthorne for 2020, according to Hull Live.


Former Widnes full-back Rhys Hanbury, who left the Vikings after their relegation last season, turns 34 today.

Also celebrating: Brother of Kiwi captain Dallin, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (28);


The 2019 Challenge Cup final was the worst attended final involving two English teams since 1998.