Rugby League Today: Leeds on top, ex-ref revelation & win Salford-Wigan tickets

What’s on site

A fascinating study in to sports social media landed in our inbox this week – we’ve crunched the numbers to find that Leeds come out on top, with special mentions for Salford, St Helens and Wigan. Read the full story.

The latest gossip column includes news on France, Frenchmen and Wigan.

Salford have bolstered their squad with the signing of Krisnan Inu, released by Widnes following their administration.

The rumours linking Trent Merrin with a quick return to the NRL won’t go away, and Penrith’s Reagan Campbell-Gillard has fanned the flames by saying the former Kangaroo is homesick.

Even more numbers have been crunched in Lorna Eden’s latest stat attack column, looking at Super League.

Win tickets to see Salford v Wigan in our latest competition with Batchelors Mushy Peas.

What’s on social

Ex-Super League referee Richard Silverwood has dropped a bombshell on Twitter overnight…

A superb gesture from St Helens and captain James Roby to go and meet a stricken fan in hospital…

Some pretty strong views here on former RFL chief Nigel Wood…

What’s in the papers

Sensible and realistic comment from Gareth Ellis on whether rugby league is ready for more North American teams, before its first has even managed to get to Super League and prove its worth, in his column in the Yorkshire Post.

Hull KR’s Craven Park is set for another name change, after it was revealed KCOM would be dropping its title sponsorship of the ground. Hull Live say that KCOM will continue their partnership with the club, focusing on the community, and their sponsorship of the KCOM Stadium on the other side of the city will continue.

A somewhat less controversial column from Barrow chairman Steven Neale this week, but an interesting and honest one nonetheless, in the North West Evening Mail.

Birthdays

39-cap former New Zealand captain Nathan Cayless, who played his entire club career with Parramatta in the NRL, is 41 today.

Also celebrating today: ex-London Bronco and Fiji international Nick Bradley-Qalilawa (39); former Sheffield and Ireland international Ged Corcoran (36); Moroccan-born France international Younes Khattabi (35);

What’s on TV/Radio

Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra, NRL, Sky Sports Arena, (9.05am)

Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers, Super League, Sky Sports Arena, (7.45pm)

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The Full Eighty Minutes podcast by Proper Sport is available to download now.

The Forty20 Rugby League podcast is available to download now.

The Total Rugby League Show is available to download now.

The Betfred League 1 podcast is available to listen now on the Our League channel.