Rugby League Today: Furloughing players inevitable, Wakefield boss on pandemic & Burgess’ all-time 17

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Paper talk is out now. Jack Walker faces lengthy lay-off, Harlequins linked with Jackson Hastings and Adam Cuthbertson wants a shorter season.

Editor James Gordon has published his weekly column and he talks about what we haven’t learned in hindsight from Paris Saint-Germain.

St Helens fan Gaz Haigh is the latest guest on My Set of Six, featuring that ‘wide to West’ moment and Rub Burrow breaking hearts in 2011.

We take a look at six of the best players to play in the full-back role since the inception of the NRL in 1998.

Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick says all Super League clubs must run a “lean operation” during the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s in the papers

Coronavirus crisis forcing Hull KR’s Mose Masoe to leave hospital early, reports The Guardian.

Sam Burgess reveals his all-time South Sydney – and he’s brushed himself, reports Fox Sports.

Gareth Ellis says furloughing players is inevitable if rugby league is to survive the crisis, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Barrow chairman Steve Neale says the focus should be on grassroots during the current pandemic, reports North West Evening Mail.

Michael Carter believes the time is coming for ‘serious’ decisions to be made to guarantee rugby league’s future – as the coronavirus shutdown could affect it for two years, reports The Sun.

What’s on social

Pretty smart…

Lets hope Zak can nail it today!

If James had a pound for every time he told this story…

What’s on TV/Radio

Fox League LIVE – Fox League (5am)

LIVE Fox League Mornings – Fox League (9pm)

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.


Former Sydney Roosters, Canberra and Penrith forward Nigel Plum turns 37 today.

Also celebrating; Ireland international Elliott Cosgrove (29) and former Catalans duo Ian Hindmarsh (43) and Aaron Gorrell (39).


Bradford hold the record for most tries in a Super League game, having scored 17 in a 96-16 win over Salford in 2000.

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