Rugby League Today: Magic Weekend ticket sales, concussion woes & Nikorima chase

What’s on site

Check out all the latest rumours, including an update on Magic Weekend ticket sales, in Off the Record.

Concussion protocols are getting attention in the world of sport, and rugby league is leading the way – despite it being ignored in an article on the BBC. Hull full-back Jamie Shaul is facing another month on the sideline due to concussion, while Catalans will be without three players this weekend too.

The new 1895 Cup gets underway this weekend, with a trip to Wembley the prize. The second round draw, which includes the English Championship clubs, takes place on Sunday evening.

With the Great Britain team on the agenda, we’ve had a look at the top six players who have played for more than one home nation.

Check out our in-depth preview of the NRL weekend.

New Zealand star Kodi Nikorima is being linked with a move to New Zealand Warriors.

What’s on social

Well, this is going to be interesting – or a car crash.

It’s 20 years since the last Challenge Cup final at the old Wembley, won by Leeds over London Broncos.

The rise of women’s rugby league is presenting new challenges…

What’s in the papers

Paul Sculthorpe raises an interesting point in his latest column in the St Helens Star, saying that too much focus is given to the rules and officiating of the game, and that more focus should be given to the players and competing.

A nice piece in The Mirror on Hull youngster Connor Wynne, who is an idol in coach Lee Radford’s household having played for the same community club as Radford’s two sons.

Barrow chairman Steven Neale is prepared to gamble on avoiding relegation, citing the significant drop in central funding for League One clubs, and has told coach Paul Crarey that if the right players come available, funds will be freed up to sign them.

Birthdays

Former St Helens coach Royce Simmons, who had a stellar playing career with Penrith and Australia, is 59 today.

Also celebrating: well-travelled Scotland international Oliver Wilkes (39); Dewsbury back-rower Michael Knowles (32); Toulouse and Scotland’s James Bell (25).

What’s on TV/radio

5pm – Rugby League Back Chat – Freesports

7pm – Live Super League: Wigan v London – Sky Sports Arena