Rugby League Today: French returns home, Warrington forward out for months & Ashes in serious doubt

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

The rugby league season has been suspended indefinitely, following a meeting between the RFL and Super League clubs.

Editor James Gordon has penned his latest column on “playing the old waiting game” in rugby league due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Check out our latest quiz during your time at home. Can you name all Rugby League World Cup winning coaches?

Castleford captain Michael Shenton has played with many great players during his career – but there is one that stands above the rest.

It’s only been one weekend without rugby league, but it already feels like a lifetime. Here’s what some clubs have been up to in trying to keep their fans engaged online.

What’s in the papers

Warrington forward Luis Johnson will be out of action for at least four months through injury, reports Warrington Guardian.

Brian Carney on spiky phone conversation with Lee Radford and the problems at Hull FC, reports Hull Live.

Ashes series in doubt as rugby league prepares for extended lay-off, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Hull-born Josh Hodgson makes difficult decision after UK lockdown amid coronavirus crisis, reports Hull Live.

Bevan French back in Australia, Jackson Hastings staying here – for now, reports Wigan Today.

What’s on social

Jackson Hastings has no secret of his desire to return to the NRL.

The Ashes series looks unlikely to happen now, unfortunately.

Another good bit of content from Super League.

What’s on TV/Radio

NRL Tonight – Fox League (7am)

NRL 360 (Legends Night) – Fox League (8:30am)

Rugby AM – FreeSports (6pm)

Inside Super League – Sky Sports Arena (7pm)

Former Super League and NRL forward Keith Mason is this week’s guest on The Last Tackle. He talks about his switch to the NRL at 20 as well as his new rugby comic – Rugby Blood.

Super League’s Out Of Your League podcast is back, featuring Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is available to download now.

Tanya Arnold hosts the Super League Show.

Podcast: The Final Hooter #4 – featuring rugby league royalty Ellery Hanley.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League Podcast is out now, hosted by Dave Woods.

Birthdays

Hull FC assistant coach Andy Last turns 39 today.

Also celebrating; ex-Hull prop Mickey Paea (34), Papua New Guinea international Lachlan Lam (22) and Sheffield hooker Greg Burns (25).

Trivia

Three games hold the record for lowest scoring match in Super League history – Salford 4-0 Castleford (1997), Celtic Crusaders 0-4 St Helens (2009) and St Helens 4-0 Castleford (2019).

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