Rugby League Today: Folau withdrawn from Roosters training game, Widdop rues Bennett departure & Toronto Super League debate

A little later than usual, here’s what’s going on in Rugby League Today.

What’s on site

Would Toronto have been better off starting in Super League? That’s the question posed in this week’s editor’s column.

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone wants the NRL to buy in to the World Club Challenge, ahead of this weekend’s meeting between St Helens and Sydney Roosters.

Kevin Brown has been banned for two games following his headbutt on Jordan Turner in Salford’s defeat to Huddersfield on Friday.

Tonga have been expelled from International Rugby League. The TNRL were provisionally suspended last year, which resulted in the end of season tests being played by a Tonga Invitational XIII side.

What’s on social

This was incorrectly given as a forward pass.

Tuesday night rugby league! /Andrew Voss impression.

Joe Bretherton eat your heart out.

What’s in the papers

Gareth Widdop says England have got rid of the man that could have led them to World Cup glory in Wayne Bennett, reports The Sun.

St Helens and Hull will allow rainbow flag protests when they face Israel Folau, both sides have confirmed, as reported in The Guardian.

Meanwhile, Folau pulled out of a training game for Catalans against Sydney Roosters ahead of their World Club Challenge build-up.

Jamie Peacock says that it’s sad Super League have taken on Israel Folau in his latest Mirror column, and that the former Australia rugby start wouldn’t have got a contract in any other sport.


New South Wales forward Jake Trbojevic is 26 today (February 18). Also celebrating: Oldham back-rower Danny Langtree (28); Hull KR captain Weller Hauraki (35); ex London Broncos Mat Toshack (47).

What’s on TV/radio

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Sydney Roosters have never lost a World Club Challenge match – they have won it on four occasions in 1976, 2003, 2014 and 2019.


  1. ‘other sinners’ writes the journalist for the Australian press.
    I do hope he is not intimating/inferring/suggesting homosexuality is a sin?
    Ban him from his job if he is…

  2. Why is everybody now jumping on this lgbt bandwagon it seems to me there now is a witch hunt against israel falou just for speaking his mind about his beliefs what ever happened to freedom of speech hardaker has done it barba has smacked his wife about so has gelling but i dont remember any of those geting as much stick as israel has to many people with short memories at the end of the day its his religion so who are we to preach end of its all dragging on a bit to much now

    • Totally agree there are far worse things being said and done in this world that nobody bothers about so it’s about time we let him get on playing and enjoy his skills. Let the ones who have never said or done anything wrong step forward, guess what, there is no one, surprise surprise.

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