What’s on site
When you think you’ve seen it all, a club’s head coach joins another as assistant coach and is going to combine the roles. Featherstone’s Ryan Carr has joined the backroom staff at Leeds.
Busy week of news at Castleford, they have brought in NRL winger Sosaia Feki for next season, following hot on the heels of the signing of Derrell Olpherts from Salford.
Thursday morning can mean only one thing, live NRL in the office. Have a read through Zach Holland’s preview of this weekend’s games.
The latest Off the Record gossip column is live on the site, including another blow to print coverage of rugby league and a returning player.
Tonight’s live TV game sees Salford take on Huddersfield, as the Giants desperately seek a win to get them out of the relegation mire. Read the preview.
What’s on social
In this week’s M62 Sport…
Four games in the top two flights of English rugby league on Saturday – three of the four home teams are Catalans, Toulouse and Toronto. In fact London is the most traditional RL town pic.twitter.com/0LN8byWDhZ
— Emlyn Begley (@EmlynBegley) July 3, 2019
In NZ, Rugby Union and Rugby League are huge. Each year, we have a League test between Tonga, Samoa (both islands in the Pacific Ocean) and NZ. This is what the Tongans do to their vehicles…🤣 (The Tongan Flag) pic.twitter.com/UOKTuBV6yS
— Rich x2c (@RichX2c) July 3, 2019
I’m getting disillusioned being an administrator of rugby league . So much hard work being done in the NW being undermined by what can only be described as clowns 🤡@NWCYJRL
— Mick Doyle (@chairmick) July 2, 2019
What’s in the papers
Jon Wilkin says we will look back in horror in years to come at what rugby players put themselves through today, and has called for more research on head injuries, reports the Telegraph.
Ian Watson has backed his departing Salford players to give their all for the rest of the season, after seeing two players confirm their exits to Castleford this week, reports The Mirror.
Weller Hauraki tells Hull Live that Hull KR will be treating their trip to Wigan on Friday like a Grand Final, as they look to ease their relegation concerns.
Well-travelled, Twitter mischief maker Dane Chisholm, currently of Featherstone, turns 29 today.
Also celebrating: Dewsbury’s Jode Sheriffe (33); former New Zealand, Samoa and Exiles prop Jeff Lima (37); France international Lucas Albert (21).
What’s on TV/radio
10.50am – Live NRL: St George-Illawarra v Melbourne – Sky Sports Arena
5pm – Rugby League Back Chat – FreeSports
7pm – Live Super League: Salford v Huddersfield – Sky Sports Arena
Salford coach Ian Watson holds the record for most caps for Wales, with 30 – something he currently shares with Rhys Williams and Jordan James.