Rugby League Today: Eastmond to RL, Charnley on Wigan, Crabtree exclusive

Drew Darbyshire

We have plenty of stories for you today.

What’s on site

Billy Slater has announced that he will retire from representing Australia and Queensland at the end of the 2018 State of Origin series.

Hull KR prop Josh Johnson has received a one-match penalty notice for a Grade B intentional trip. Widnes Vikings forward Jay Chapelhow, St Helens back-rower Morgan Knowles, Catalans Dragons loose forward Greg Bird and Castleford half-back Jamie Ellis received cautions.

Greg Inglis is set to lead Queensland in game one of State of Origin, while 11 players are set to make debuts for New South Wales. The team lists have been announced for game one

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby League Association has been accepted into the Rugby League European Federation.

Oldham have extended the loan agreements with Wakefield for young pair Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw.

Our latest ‘have your say’ feature is out now. We want to know if you think there is a future for the Summer Bash and if so, whether it should stay in Blackpool or not.

Kenny Edwards could make his Catalans debut on Thursday, while Leroy Cudjoe is set to play his first game of the year for Huddersfield. The 19-man squads for the Challenge Cup quarter-final clash have been confirmed.

Canterbury Bulldogs full-back Moses Mbye will leave the club at the end of the season to take up a four-year deal with Wests Tigers.

State of Mind’s annual round of Super League fixtures will take place midway through June.

Our latest ‘paper talk’ feature is out now. We have had a look through the trade newspapers and there are quite a few pieces of juicy stories in there.

We have a new weekly feature called ‘life after league’. In our first edition, we caught up with former Super League star Eorl Crabtree to see how life after league is treating him. 

What’s in the papers

Warrington at head of queue to bring Kyle Eastmond back to Super League, report The Guardian.

Warrington winger Josh Charnley has slammed former club Wigan for ‘being disrespectful’, claim the Daily Star.

Catalans ace Paul Aiton tells Sam Tomkins it will not be easy in France, report The Sun

Burgess brothers set to develop their own brand off the rugby league field, report The Sun.

Wigan boss Shaun Wane calls on reinforcements, report Wigan Today.

Right place, right time for Saints supporting doctor Tom Wellens, report St Helens Star.

Warrington youngster Jack Johnson takes big step in leg-break recovery, report Warrington Guardian.

Wakefield coach Chris Chester is making the most of enforced lay-off, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

What’s on social

It is good to see Jack Johnson on the mend!

What an effort.

Superb marketing from the Knights.

What’s on TV/Radio

The Super League Show is available to watch on demand, presented by Tanya Arnold.

The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

The latest Rugby League show on Proper Sport is available to download now.

The latest Whippets and Flat Caps podcast is available to download now, presented by Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The latest Rugby League on talkSPORT 2 podcast is available to download now.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.