Rugby League Today: Ellis on his future, Super League “needs” independence & Wane rules out weakened Australia

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Swinton winger Richard Lepori is keeping himself busy during the coronavirus pandemic with a fresh business journey.

International Rugby League chief executive Nigel Wood will retire from his position at the end of the year.

Our latest have your say feature is out now. If Super League started from scratch, what teams would you have in?

David Fifita says he would love to represent Tonga alongside his brother Andrew in the future.

Leigh captain Danny Addy has made no secret of the fact that the Centurions are aiming for promotion back to Super League this year.

What’s in the papers

Ex-rugby league star Daniel Vidot was made for WWE as he never left wrestling room, reports The Sun.

Rugby league players’ chief warns clubs not to blacklist players, reports The Guardian.

Rugby league is uniting but top flight still needs independence says Warrington boss Karl Fitzpatrick, reports the Mirror.

England coach Shaun Wane has hosed down suggestions the Ashes may go ahead against a weakened Australia team missing its State of Origin stars, reports Wigan Today.

Hull FC forward Gareth Ellis says he doesn’t fancy playing after he’s turned 40 but hasn’t ruled it out just yet, reports The Yorkshire Post.

What’s on social

Jason Robinson was quick.

It is important to remember that £16million from the government is a loan and not a grant.

A good watch…

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.

Birthdays

Former St Helens and Bradford forward Sonny Nickle turns 51 today.

Also celebrating; Bradford legend Lesley Vainikolo (41), ex-St Helens and London centre Ryan Morgan (30) and New Zealand international Joseph Tapine (26).

Trivia

Keith Elwell holds the record for the longest run of consecutive appearances in rugby league, playing 242 games straight for Widnes. The hooker’s run started in 1977 and ended in 1982.

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