Rugby League Today: Chester backs Wakefield cuts, why Wane wanted Wellens & Bateman’s Queensland ‘call-up’

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Super League have confirmed Magic Weekend has been postponed – but they are still keen on the event taking place in 2020.

The Rugby Football League have confirmed that the 2020 Championship Summer Bash has been cancelled.

Toronto coach Brian McDermott has confirmed the Wolfpack’s signing of Kallum Watkins.

Our latest in depth feature looks at the career of Petero Civoniceva: Australia, Queensland and Fiji’s rugby league warhorse.

Warrington fan Matthew Baldwin is the latest guest on My Set of Six. He talks Matt King, the 2019 Challenge Cup final and the Totally Wicked Stadium.

What’s in the papers

Why Paul Wellens believes Shaun Wane wanted him on his England coaching staff, reports St Helens Star.

John Bateman couldn’t believe his eyes when he read of his ‘call-up’ for Queensland ahead of this year’s State of Origin, reports Wigan Today.

Wayne Godwin inspiring young players from his garden as rugby league’s lockdown Joe Wicks, reports the Mirror.

Chris Chester 100% behind ‘significant’ pay cuts at Wakefield, reports Wakefield Express.

How move to Castleford gave Liam Watts renewed lease of life, reports The Yorkshire Post.

What’s on social

A nice throwback for Widnes fans.

How good!

It was just an administrative error, folks!

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.


Warrington legend Joel Monaghan turns 38 today.

Also celebrating; ex-Bradford half-back Matt Orford (42), Parramatta hooker Reed Mahoney (22) and former Warrington utility Paul Noone (39).


Lee Briers holds the record for most drop goals in a Super League match, having kicked five for Warrington against Halifax in 2002.

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