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.
Storm Dennis really did play havoc this weekend… ?♂️ pic.twitter.com/cdIGrjRiWm
— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) February 17, 2020
Tuesday night rugby league! /Andrew Voss impression.
Pitch looking ?
Massive shout out to the ground staff ??
— Halifax Rugby League Club (@Halifax_RLFC) February 18, 2020
Joe Bretherton eat your heart out.
— Women's Rugby League (@WRugbyLeague) February 17, 2020
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
Super League Show – BBC Two – 1pm
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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.