Rugby League Today: England to play Samoa, Ma’u contemplates international retirement & women’s tragedy

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

The latest mailbox is out now. A supporter thinks the Great Britain Lions should be turned in to an Under-23s team.

Wakefield have revealed their squad numbers for 2020. New recruit Alex Walker will wear the number one shirt, with Ryan Hampshire moving to 29.

We have a pretty tough quiz that was published yesterday. Can you name the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Team of the Tournament?

There is a lot of talk about the Exiles possibly returning, and we want to know if you think the concept should make a comeback in our latest have your say feature.

Featherstone have announced that women’s player Natalie Harrowell has passed away, aged 29.

What’s in the papers

Adam Hills outlines how Physical Disability Rugby League has changed his life, report the Mirror.

Samoa are now favourites to face England in June – with Sonny Bill Williams, report The Sun.

Wigan owner Ian Lenagan calls RFL’s dealings with Bradford a ‘festering sore’, report The Guardian.

Hull FC’s Manu Ma’u contemplating calling time on his Tonga career, report Hull Live.

Wigan’s Ben Flower believes fellow Welshman Regan Grace deserved GB call, report Wigan Today.

What’s on social

The Batley-Dewsbury rivalry continues.

A special gesture from Wakefield’s David Fifita.

This is well worth a watch.

What’s on TV/Radio

The latest Love Rugby League Lunch Hour was recorded on Thursday.

RUGBY LEAGUE LUNCH HOUR 05.12Drew and Josh talk Super League, Championship and much more. Join in the debate, comment below.

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Podcast: The Final Hooter International #2 – full-time report and analysis by Love Rugby League.

Episode 44: Love Rugby League Weekly, hosted by deputy editor Drew Darbyshire.

The latest Chasing Kangaroos – An International Rugby League podcast is available to download now.


Leeds prop Dom Crosby turns 29 today.

Also celebrating; ex-Widnes and Castleford winger Paddy Flynn (32), former Australia and New South Wales representative Glenn Lazarus (54) and ex-Brisbane Broncos and Huddersfield star Michael De Vere (43).


Natalie Harrowell earned three caps for England and was named Featherstone’s Woman of Steel for 2019.