Rugby League Today: Harsh to relegate anyone this year; McIlorum and Maloney linked with shock move

What’s on site

Expect more World Cup talk today, there’s an early morning press conference with chief executive Jon Dutton off the back of last night’s statement that talks are ongoing with various stakeholders over the “tournament threatening” decision of Australia and New Zealand to withdraw.

Our columnist Ed Anderson says the show must go on, and that the World Cup should go ahead without the two giants, as part of a bold plan to revitalise international rugby league in the northern hemisphere.

Back in the crazy world of Super League, Warrington beat Wigan 21-8 in front of just over 8,000 fans at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Check out all the latest rugby league gossip.

What’s on social

Adrian Lam wasn’t happy with one of Warrington’s tries.

Great gesture!

Lots of good independent podcasts going around these days, including the latest episode of this one – which provides some interesting insight to behind the scenes at St Helens!

Not sure any amount of begging can resolve this.


What’s in the papers

Hull KR coach Tony Smith says it would be harsh to relegate anyone from Super League this season, following the impact that coronavirus has had on the campaign. (Leigh Journal)

Kristian Woolf is set to stay as St Helens coach, chairman Eamonn McManus has revealed on a club podcast. (St Helens Star)

Catalans duo James Maloney and Michael McIlorum are being linked with a surprise move to French champions Lezignan, by the local Perpignan press. Maloney has a contract option for 2022, while McIlorum is keen to stay in France at the end of his Dragons contract. (L’Independant)


Catalans’ infamous touchline goalkicker Scott Dureau turns 35 today (July 29).

Also celebrating: ex-Blackpool and Rochdale full-back Jonny Leather (32);

What’s on TV/radio

10.50am – Live NRL: Sydney Roosters v Parramatta Eels – Sky Sports Main Event & Mix

7.30pm – Live Super League: Hull FC v Leeds – Sky Sports Arena


A total of 81 different stadiums have hosted World Cup games over the previous 14 tournaments.


  1. Whatever Tony Smith may think? if a side has not won one match this season, they are out of their depth, and need to be relegated, did he say the same last season, when London Broncos, were really unfortunate to be relegated, with the points they won, and how close it was to Hull KR going down!!

    • London didn’t go down last year, Toronto were given exemption but folded instead…so maybe it is fair if you go off last seasons rules

    • Yeah that’s with a non Corona Virus pandemic to deal with?

      Agree with Tony, no one should go down this season as its been a mare for everyone.

  2. Buy a bloody dictionary and a thesaurus, no it’s not a 20ft tall rugby writer eating dinosaur, Scott Dureau is anything but infamous, definition of which is “ well known for some bad quality or deed”, he’s the opposite of that, skilful, well liked, and thankfully recovered from the tumour they found. Infamous he is not!

  3. No one should go down given the hit and miss fixtures and with Leigh only coming in November and all the players were contracted they have tried to bring players in but clubs don’t want to part with any players with covid making every player needed

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