Rugby League Today: Houghton unsure on new contract, Flower’s new gig & rugby stars help NHS

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

The NRL has been given the go ahead from the government to restart play on May 28.

The Rugby Football League has confirmed the cancellation of the recently re-launched Reserves League for 2020.

In our latest power rankings feature, we take a look at the top six stand-offs in the NRL right now. Spoiler alert: Australia international Jack Wighton is on the list.

Castleford fan Jack Westmoreland is our latest guest on My Set of Six. He talks Brad Davis, The Willows and The Battle of Belle Vue.

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer remains confident that the Challenge Cup final and Super League Grand Final will be played this year.

What’s in the papers

Bakery-owning rugby stars keeping staff in jobs and helping NHS with bread supply, reports the Mirror.

Anthony Walker to play again after overcoming potentially fatal brain condition, reports The Sun.

Kruise Leeming steps up training for Leeds return, reports Yorkshire Evening Post.

Danny Houghton in the dark over his Hull FC future, reports Hull Live.

Ben Flower’s new job during lockdown, reports Wigan Today.

What’s on social

Good work from Papua New Guinea coach Michael Marum.

Old school biff.

Cheeky but clever!

What’s on TV/Radio

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.

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.

Birthdays

Parramatta assistant coach David Kidwell turns 43 today.

Also celebrating; ex-Scotland international Ian Henderson (37), Australia and Italy international Paul Vaughan (29) and Sheffield full-back Josh Guzdek (25).

Trivia

Lyn Hallett holds the record for most drop goals kicked in a rugby league season, having kicked 29 field goals for Cardiff City in the 1983-84 campaign.

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