Rugby League Today: Newcastle’s Super League bid, Wayne Bennett in quarantine & happy birthday to a legend

What’s on site

We catch up with Warrington forward Joe Philbin on life outside of rugby and his new business venture.

Widnes have signed Castleford forward Matt Cook for the 2021 season.

Blake Green is set for his Newcastle Knights debut this weekend – read all about what to expect in the NRL with our weekly preview.

It’s been the big talking point of the week – and now Sky Sports presenter Barrie McDermott has said that Israel Folau got it wrong by not taking the knee ahead of the Super League restart at the weekend.

What’s on social

If you don’t follow rugby league historian Tony Collins on Twitter, you ought to.

M62 sport.

Suppose it’ll depend on who wins it…

What’s in the papers

Newcastle Thunder have launched an audacious bid to replace Toronto Wolfpack in Super League, according to a report in the i newspaper. Thunder could buy out the struggling Wolfpack and take their place in Super League.

Toronto are facing legal action from players who are due pay, according to The Mirror. The players’ union has asked for a decision on Toronto’s future to be delayed while the players get their issues resolved.

Former England coach Wayne Bennett must stay in quarantine for 14 days, after the South Sydney Rabbitohs coach admitted dining out, a breach of the NRL’s coronavirus protocols. He will miss their game against his former side Brisbane on Friday night.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith says in The Sun, he hopes his players learn lessons from the NRL, ahead of their return to action at the weekend.

Wakefield have confirmed the departure of George King, reports the Yorkshire Post, but still have five other players whose futures remain uncertain.

Birthdays

Great Britain and Wigan legend Billy Boston celebrates his 86th birthday today (August 6).

Also celebrating: Wigan and Great Britain centre Oliver Gildart (24); ex-Huddersfield and Wakefield forward Troy Slattery (47);

What’s on TV/radio

10.50am – Live NRL: St George-Illawarra v Sydney Roosters – Watch NRL

Jon Wilkin is the guest on this week’s BBC 5 Live Rugby League podcast, talking about the Toronto fall out and his career.

Trivia

Billy Boston scored a total of 571 tries in his career, making him the second highest try scorer in rugby league history.

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