Rugby League Today: More union stars to SL, ref abuse concerns plus a new candidate for the Love Rugby League Island villa

James Gordon

What’s on site

With the Great Britain tour coming ever closer (we are looking for sponsors to help send us there, by the way…), we’ve had a look at six non-England internationals that could make the squad.

In the latest mailbox, Tonia Nicholson argues that the Magic Weekend isn’t meant for existing fans and should be moved around to help grow the game.

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Brian Barwick has been replaced as the chairman of the 2021 World Cup.

Toronto have unveiled a new Canada day kit, and we want one.

Featherstone have been fined by the RFL for incidents involving supporters.

There’s not been a better time to be a British import in the NRL, and Ryan Sutton says he is making the most of extra minutes at Canberra.

What’s on social

Decent bit of social media content from Newcastle Thunder.

The reality of referee abuse is that it puts off people from becoming one. Without them, there’s no game.

Can this man help fire Warrington to Super League glory?

Swinton doing good things…

What’s in the papers

Danny Cipriani could be tempted to play in Super League, according to new Warrington signing Luther Burrell, who says a number of rugby union stars are interested in following his lead and making a code switch, reports The Guardian.

Leeds interim coach Richard Agar has given an update on the club’s injured players to the Yorkshire Post, with Stevie Ward back in training.

Adrian Morley has hailed a significant funding award to amateur club Salford City Roosters, who adopted the name during Morley’s spell in the NRL. They will get £375,000 as part of the 2021 RLWC legacy funding programme.


Wigan’s former London Broncos and England prop Tony Clubb turns 32 today.

Also celebrating: Dewsbury’s Sam Day (25); Australia, Queensland and Brisbane icon Sam Thaiday (34); former Leeds prop Marc Glanville (53)

What’s on TV/radio

4pm – NRL Try Time – Sky Sports Arena

8pm – Rugby AM – FreeSports


Luther Burrell is the first rugby union player to switch to rugby league without any prior professional experience since Andy Powell joined Wigan in 2013.