Rugby League Today: England squad announced, Warrington sign Tasi, Widnes axe Cummins

Drew Darbyshire

A couple of big news stories have come out within the last 24 hours.

What’s on site

Widnes have announced the departures of Francis Cummins and Eamon O’Carroll with immediate effect.

Warrington have confirmed the signing of Salford forward Lama Tasi on a one-year deal.

Wales and London centre Michael Channing has been forced to retire due to a reoccurring neck injury he first sustained three years ago.

Salford have confirmed that Joey Lussick has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Shaun Ainscough has confirmed that he has left Batley.

Workington coach Leon Pryce wants all of the attention to be on the players rather than him as they travel to his old club Bradford in the League 1 promotion final.

Greg Inglis has been banned for two Test matches and has been stripped of the captaincy role for Australia after being caught drink driving.

Hull FC forward Brad Fash and Catalans youngster Lambert Belmas have accepted one-match suspensions.

Featherstone have signed Batley back-rower Brad Day for the 2019 campaign.

Promising back-rower Liam Walsh has signed a new three-year deal with Widnes.

Jonny Lomax, Jon Wilkin and Luke Thompson are back for St Helens on Thursday, while three starters return for Warrington. The 19-man sqauds have been confirmed.

Wakefield duo Tom Johnstone and Reece Lyne are among five uncapped players in the 24-man England squad that will face New Zealand this autumn.

What’s in the papers

Ben Barba lifts lid on reasons for his St Helens exit, report the Mirror.

Reece Lyne called up by England, having not even expected Knights selection, report The Guardian.

Wakefield’s Reece Lyne receives surprise England call-up for autumn Tests, report The Sun.

Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin’s ‘surprise’ at another Dream call, report Wigan Today.

Warrington sign Lama Tasi from Salford, report Warrington Guardian.

Ben Barba’s wishing to emulate Mal Meninga and Jamie Lyon’s sign off, report St Helens Star.

Jimmy Keinhorst quit Leeds before Brian McDermott was axed, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

Wakefield centre Reece Lyne lines up England shot, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

What’s on social

A fully deserved call up for Adam Milner.

Luke Gale is proud to represent England again this autumn!

Tom Johnstone is on fire!


What’s on TV/Radio

The latest Super League Pod is available to download now, in association with Love Rugby League.

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