Rugby League Today: French Magic, golden point & GB fall-out

What’s on site

Championship and League 1 will adopt the golden point extra time system for 2020 – but with a twist. Both teams will gain a point, with the winner in extra time gaining the extra point for the win.

The French Elite 1 Championship got underway over the weekend, and Love Rugby League was there to cover all four (should have been five!) games.

Palau 12 Avignon 23

Lezignan 6 Limoux 14

Albi 14 Villeneuve 16

Carcassonne 14 St Esteve 21

Check out our pieces on three players who impressed in each match too – game one, game two, game three, game four.

The fifth game, between St Gaudens and Toulouse which should have kicked off the second day of the Magic Weekend, was postponed after an outbreak of mumps within the Toulouse squad.

Cook Islands claimed the 16th and final spot at the 2021 World Cup, with a win over USA on Saturday night.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was named the 2019 Golden Boot winner, with Jessica Sergis claiming the women’s equivalent.

The RFL won’t rush the decision on Wayne Bennett’s future, after Great Britain’s tour ended with a fourth defeat to Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bennett bemoaned the lack of preparation for the tour, including no mid-season international.

What’s on social

Some real cut-through from the Sonny Bill Williams move.

Scrap the cap.

Maybe if Australia bothered to play more internationals, this wouldn’t be such a problem.

What’s in the papers

BBC Sport’s Dave Woods says Great Britain should be consigned to the history books, and rugby league should focus on the future.

Canberra back-rower Elliott Whitehead says that Great Britain let themselves down on the tour, and added to calls for more mid-season internationals.

Birthdays

Former Australia, New South Wales, St George-Illawarra, Wigan and Cronulla stand-off Trent Barrett turns 42 today (November 18th).

Also celebrating: ex-Harlequins centre David Howell (36); former France international Sebastien Martins (35); Huddersfield’s Jake Wardle (21)

Trivia

Carcassonne’s Stade Albert Domec has previously hosted two Super League games – London against Warrington in 2002, and Castleford against Catalans in the Dragons’ first season in the competition in 2006.