Rugby League Today: Impressive attendances, Benji highlight reel & latest on Leeds coach

Amy Hardcastle in action for St Helens
Amy Hardcastle in action for St Helens

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league…

What’s on site

Why the Grand Final crowd gives rugby league chance to reset.

Editor’s column: Make a pro-active change now Toulouse have reached Super League.

Paper Talk: Value of Championship TV deal, Leeds coach rumour & World Club hope.

Lance Hohaia reflects seven years on from Ben Flower Grand Final punch.

Sione Mata’utia and Michael McIlorum have been banned following the Grand Final, whilst the Rugby Football League will investigate comments of Catalans owner after their defeat at Old Trafford.

What’s in the papers

Warrington Grand Final win would raise smile for Chris Hill. (Warrington Guardian)

Mahe Fonua’s departure hits Hull in the pocket but provides new recruitment opportunity. (Hull Daily Mail)

Are Leeds lining up former Featherstone boss Ryan Carr to take over as coach from Richard Agar in 2022? (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Wigan coach on “inexperience” – and being “accountable” to Shaun Wane. (Wigan Today)

Castleford signing Callum McLelland thrilled to be back from Leeds. (The Yorkshire Post)

What’s on social

Impressive, this…

The Super League season may be over, but there are a couple of internationals over the next few weeks.

Benji Marshall has some highlight reel.

What’s on TV/Radio

Zilch.

Birthdays

Former Australia, Scotland, Leeds, Bradford and Hull back Graham Mackay turns 53 today (October 12).

Also celebrating; former Australia international Paul Harragon (53), Wakefield assistant coach Francis Cummins (45), Lezignan winger Cyril Stacul (37) and St Helens hooker Aaron Smith (25).

Trivia

Only three clubs have won the double more than once – Wigan (7 – 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1995-96, 2013), St Helens (4 – 1965-66, 1996, 2006, 2021) and Huddersfield (2 – 1912-13, 1914-15).

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