Rugby League Today: GB reaction, NRL’s off season of shame & transfer news

What’s on site

The Thursday night Sky match this week is Warrington against Castleford. We have a look at the team news.

Liam Finn has left Newcastle Thunder after making just three appearances for the club.

Widnes have signed Luis Johnson on loan from Warrington, as well as hooker Dom Speakman to replace Liam Hood, who has signed for Leigh.

The dates for Great Britain’s tour to the southern hemisphere later this year have been confirmed.

The latest editor’s column looks at some of the sub-plots developing in this season’s Super League.

A bizarre new play-off system is being considered by the NRL.

What’s on social

Famous names have been lending their support to the return of Great Britain.

There’s frustration over the BBC’s portrayal of rugby league, covering a story relating to an NRL scandal above the Great Britain news.

Toronto Wolfpack have revealed theme games for their home fixtures in this season’s Championship.

What’s in the papers

The Guardian have run a feature on what they’re calling the NRL’s off-season of shame, featuring Ben Barba and the recently disgraced Tyrone May.

Jamie Peacock says someone must be held accountable for the mess at Widnes, in his latest column in The Mirror.

St Helens have lent their support to a campaign for “Violet-Grace’s Law”, in memory of a four-year old girl who was killed in hit and run in the town.

Birthdays

Dual-code international Allan Bateman, who played for Great Britain in the 1990s, is 54 today. He played his club rugby league for Warrington and Cronulla.

Also celebrating: former Halifax, St Helens and Warrington forward turned actor Adam Fogerty (50); York forward Dave Peterson (27); ex-Salford, London and Halifax back-rower Andrew Brocklehurst (36).

What’s on TV/radio

7:30pm FreeSports: Rugby AM

The latest Super League show is now available on BBC iPlayer.

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone and Jon Wilkin feature on the BBC 5 Live Podcast, discussing the return of Great Britain.

Trivia

Great Britain have won their last four matches – three against New Zealand and one against France.