Rugby League Today: Leeds eye Powell, next England game & what’s the point in 19-man squads?

What’s on site

Hull coach Lee Radford said it was hard to explain his side’s emphatic Challenge Cup win over Catalans on Thursday night, following their Magic Weekend horror show against Huddersfield last Saturday.

The latest expansionist blog looks at the potential to build upon the Catalans Dragons game held at Nou Camp recently.

Bolton will host the Challenge Cup semi-finals after all, despite the football club’s current financial strife.

England have been given a mid-July deadline to decide whether to accept an invitation to play in the European Championship in 2020, alongside France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

The 1895 Cup second round takes place over the weekend and on Wednesday – here are all the games, and also what happens should a team reach the semi-finals of both the 1895 Cup and Challenge Cup.

Don’t forget to catch up with the latest Love Rugby League podcast with Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson.

What’s on social

Just what is the point in the 19-man squad announcements?

You can’t say that supporting Hull is boring…

One of the things I dislike about Magic Weekend.

The hypothetical broadcast and sponsorship talk surrounding the North American expansion plans is starting to get absurd.

What’s in the papers

Leeds chief Gary Hetherington has lavished praise on Castleford coach Daryl Powell in the Daily Star, as they continue the search for a permanent successor to the recently sacked David Furner.

South Sydney and New South Wales star Cody Walker will not sing the Australian national anthem when State of Origin kicks-off next week, reports The Guardian.

Birthdays

Toronto centre Chase Stanley turns 30 today.

What’s on TV/radio

11am – Live NRL: Parramatta v South Sydney – Sky Sports Arena

7.30pm – Live Challenge Cup: Hull KR v Warrington – Sky Sports Arena

Trivia

Leeds won their first Super League title in 2004, a year after Daryl Powell had been moved upstairs to a Director of Rugby post to accommodate the arrival of Tony Smith as coach.