Rugby League Today: Hardaker at centre, England right to replace Bennett & Hull rivalry

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Warrington sent out a message to Super League with an impressive 19-0 defeat of reigning champions St Helens.

Warrington coach Steve Price says the target is consistency after they registered an impressive 19-0 win over St Helens in their first home game of the season.

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf refused to use injuries to Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival as an excuse for their defeat at Warrington.

Here are three talking points from Warrington’s win over St Helens in round two of the season.

Jackson Hastings says signing Great Britain’s national anthem was the proudest moment of his life.

What’s in the papers

Wigan coach Adrian Lam believes Zak Hardaker can thrive as a centre – and become even better than he is at full-back, report Wigan Today.

Andre Savelio not happy with Hull FC bench spot and promises to prove Lee Radford wrong, report Hull Live.

Top tackler Cameron Smith wants to nail down regular role at Leeds, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

England were right to replace Wayne Bennett before the World Cup, says journalist Gavin Willacy in The Guardian.

Ben Crooks backs Hull KR new boys to rise to derby challenge, report Hull Live.

What’s on social

Make sure you give it a watch if you haven’t done so already.

Warrington love to stir the pot…

St Helens fans, look away now…

What’s on TV/Radio

LIVE: Hull FC v Hull KR – Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix (7:45pm)

Former referee Ian Smith on abuse, why he quit and what it’s like being a full-time official. The second episode of The Last Tackle is out now.

Matty Smith on Israel Folau, life in Catalans and Saints or Wigan? The first episode of The Last Tackle is out now.

Super League’s Out Of Your League podcast is back, featuring St Helens forward Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is back, featuring Danny McGuire and Barrie McDermott.

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

Tonga and Warrington forward Ben Murdoch-Masila turns 29 today.

Also celebrating; ex-New Zealand and Samoa international Nigel Vagana (45), Salford half-back Chris Atkin (27) and Swinton prop Paddy Jones (23).

Trivia

Warrington’s 19-0 win over St Helens last night was the first time Saints were nilled since they lost 25-0 to Wigan at the DW Stadium back in August 2016.

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