Rugby League Today: Dwyer’s glory, Merrin’s message & Magic Weekend shirts

What’s on site

It was another Thursday night belter as Leeds beat Castleford 21-20 in golden point extra time, courtesy of Brad Dwyer’s incredible drop goal. Read the report, talking points and Gordon’s gambit.

Trent Merrin answered speculation linking him with a return to the NRL by saying he was committed to Leeds, and he showed that was very much the case when celebrating his second half try against the Tigers.

Magic Weekend is on the horizon and St Helens and Salford have launched their special shirts for the weekend at Anfield.

A 12-match ban has been handed out to a Featherstone Lions player following incidents in the Challenge Cup, but Bobbie Goulding is free to play for Thatto Heath in their intriguing tie with North Wales this weekend.

You’ve been having your say on the bids by New York and Ottawa to join League One next season.

What’s on social

This is gold from Dave Furner last night…

Our esteemed colleague Matt knows…

Mischievous this one, but file under “dual-reg farce”.

What’s in the papers

Warrington-bound Gareth Widdop suffered a shoulder injury in St George-Illawarra’s win in the NRL On Thursday.

Speaking of Warrington, their local paper reports on a £1 ticket offer for kids for their upcoming home game with London Broncos.

The Mirror feature young Widnes centre Keanan Brand, who has bounced back from a horror debut to make a first team impact for the Vikings.

Birthdays

Warrington head of rugby operations Kylie Leuluai is 41 today. The prop played more than 250 times for Leeds as well as representing Samoa and the Exiles.

Also celebrating today: Chris Ashton, who left Wigan for rugby union (32); Castleford centre Greg Minikin (24); Bradford full-back Brandon Pickersgill (22).

What’s on TV/radio

7am – Live NRL: Canberra v Newcastle – Sky Sports Arena

7pm – Live Super League: Hull v Warrington – Sky Sports Arena

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