Rugby League Today: Feel good, superhuman and a BBC treble

The hectic period leading up to the season is over and now we’re back in to the routine of the season. Still lots going on.

What’s on site

Featherstone have added to the positive feeling around the start of the season by revealing an attendance record. A lot of clubs could use Featherstone as an inspiration for how they handle PR.

Rugby league players are superhuman we know that. Add Patrick Ah Van to the list of wows. He scored a try on Sunday despite playing with a broken arm! Sadly he is now out for 12 weeks.

Mark Aston has expressed his concerns about the player pool and players walking away from the game.

The Widnes squad will play on grass for the first time on 2018 on Sunday – is Denis Betts worried?

After Toronto put out a statement with their win at Leigh on Sunday, we ask whether anyone from the Championship will progress in to Super League at the end of the season? (Presuming we eventually find out the structure for 2019…)

What’s in the papers

The Daily Star have done a nice feature ranking all the grounds in Super League by capacity. Check it out!

Gareth Walker’s excellent features on young talent in rugby league are back for 2018, and St Helens prop Matty Lees is the latest to be profiled.

What’s on social

An astonishing, if alarming, story about former Wigan and Australia international Ian Roberts.

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is some great content from the first Physical Disability Rugby League match between Warrington and Leeds on Sunday.

Nigel Wiskar continues to fly the flag for the greatest game in The Mirror, here’s a teaser of their paper coverage on Wednesday.

What’s on TV/radio

The BBC have revealed which game they will show in the next round of the Challenge Cup.

The first Super League Show of the season is available to watch now via iPlayer.

Also on the BBC, Dave Woods speaks to an expert on head injuries in the latest 5Live Rugby League Podcast.

In other TV news, as part of the deal that sees Rugby AM hit freeview on FreeSports TV, live games from the National Conference League will be shown, with a full schedule to be confirmed soon.

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