Rugby League Today: Championship and League 1 crunch meeting, Hull KR forward to play on & RL’s political battleground

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Huddersfield prop Olly Wilson is our latest guest on My Set of Six. He talks Sam Burgess, his Giants debut and his wish for the future of rugby league.

Warrington coach Steve Price would be concerned about the welfare of his players if they are asked to play three games a week once the season resumes.

Ottawa Aces have unveiled a third concept kit ahead of their entry into League 1 in 2021.

Huddersfield youngsters Sam Hewitt and Jon Luke Kirby have signed new deals that will see them stay at the club until the end of 2022.

The government has stated that sport could return behind closed doors from June 1. The RFL will discuss the latest government guidelines with clubs – but aren’t going to announce a target date of when we can expect the sport to resume.

What’s in the papers

Championship and League 1 clubs set for crunch RFL meeting to discuss options for 2020 campaign, reports the Mirror.

Hull KR star exclusively reveals why he is going to play on, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Hull FC open talks with out of contract players with understandings in place, reports Hull Live.

The political battleground: The fortunates of rugby league and the conservative party are now intrinsically linked, reports The Critic.

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton fears clubs in League 1 are facing the “grim” prospect of no more rugby this year, reports The Yorkshire Post.

What’s on social

Who am I?

Nathan Cleary apologises for flouting social distancing measures.

That is some side…

What’s on TV/Radio

Former Super League and NRL forward Keith Mason is this week’s guest on The Last Tackle. He talks about his switch to the NRL at 20 as well as his new rugby comic – Rugby Blood.

Super League’s Out Of Your League podcast is back, featuring Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is available to download now.

Podcast: The Final Hooter #4 – featuring rugby league royalty Ellery Hanley.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League Podcast is out now, hosted by Dave Woods.


Australia, Samoa and Queensland representative Josh Papalii turns 28 today.

Also celebrating; Former Warrington and Catalans hooker Michael Monaghan (40), France and Scotland international Andrew Bentley (35) and York winger Will Sharp (34).


Wigan and Huddersfield hold the record for the longest winning run in all matches, with 29.

Wigan won 29 games on the trot from February to October 1987 as follows: 20 Division One, 3 Premiership Trophy, 4 Lancashire Cup, 1 Charity Shield and 1 World Club Challenge.

Huddersfield won 29 games from February to October 2002 as follows: 19 Northern Ford Premiership, 8 Buddies National Cup, 2 NFP play-offs.

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