Rugby League Today: Gigot to join Toronto, Sonny Bill returns & Elstone keen on new ideas

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone says they will learn from the saga surrounding Catalans centre Israel Folau.

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone wants to persuade NRL counterpart Todd Greenberg to demonstrate a greater commitment to the World Club Challenge.

The latest mailbox is out now. A fan says they are confused by Super League’s moral outrage regarding Israel Folau.

Sydney Roosters have trained with Catalans ahead of their World Club Challenge fixture this weekend.

Sean Penkywicz has been appointed as Rochdale’s captain for the 2020 League 1 season.

What’s in the papers

Sonny Bill Williams will return for winless Toronto at Warrington on Friday – but fears over a season-long injury to James Cunningham leaves their threadbare squad still exposed, report the Mirror.

Former Catalans full-back and current free agent Tony Gigot is set to join Toronto Wolfpack, report L’Independant.

Leeds centre Konrad Hurrell reckons Leeds have written a template for an improved season, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

Ex-rugby league star Rowan Baxter and three children die in car fire tragedy, report the Mirror.

Gareth Widdop fears England got rid of the man who could take them to World Cup victory in Wayne Bennett, report The Sun.

What’s on social

One of the best finishes of all time?

Jonny Lomax is one of the most underrated players in the game.

This is very cool.

What’s on TV/Radio

Rugby AM – FreeSports (6pm)

Inside Super League – Sky Sports Arena (7pm)

League 1 club chairman Andy Mazey on funding, player pool & community links. The third episode of The Last Tackle is out now.

Super League’s Out Of Your League podcast is back, featuring Warrington centre Anthony Gelling.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is back, featuring St Helens prop Kyle Amor.

Betfred have launched a magazine show called The Last Tackle on YouTube, hosted by Mark Pearson.

Tanya Arnold hosts the first Super League Show of 2020.

Podcast: The Final Hooter 2020 #2 – Super League season launch.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.

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

The latest Total Rugby League Show is available to download now, hosted by Ben Hughes.

The In Touch Show is out now by Betfred.

Birthdays

Ireland and Swinton coach Stuart Littler turns 41 today.

Also celebrating; Leeds centre Harry Newman (20), Wakefield forward Jordan Crowther (23) and Samoa international Sam Lisone (26).

Trivia

The smallest League Leaders’ Shield winning margin came in 2015 when Leeds and Wigan were tied at the top, with the Rhinos claiming the shield by a superior points difference (+26 points).

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