What’s on site
How would a Combined Celtic Nations team look? Drew’s had a look at how a Ireland, Scotland and Wales selection, based on Barrie McDermott’s suggestion, might look.
Are back-to-back champions St Helens preparing a mini re-build? That’s one of the theories in this week’s gossip column.
Peter Mata’utia says brother Sione is gutted to be missing the Challenge Cup final at Wembley through suspension.
Constantine Mika has linked up with former Hull KR team-mate Rhys Lovegrove at Keighley.
As well as the cup final, there are some Super League games this weekend – here’s the team news.
What’s on social
I have no idea who actually has a say in what goes on anymore.
Seen plenty of support from players for Michael Carter's statement tonight, so I wonder if they're going to their union leaders to put their case to the RFL as well. #RugbyLeague
— Яichard Shaw-Wright #PeopleAreIdiots (@thersw) July 14, 2021
Who needs enemies, eh?
— Andrew Foster (@andrewfoster101) July 13, 2021
Classic, this one. PSG being in Super League in 1996 maybe made him think it was between Castleford and Wakefield.
Seems like a good time to roll this out again. 20th anniversary of Robbie Kearns being worried about the 2001 Kangaroos tour… pic.twitter.com/hDtd29Szh8
— Tony Hannan (@AJHannanEsq) July 13, 2021
Sine die ban if this happened today?
THE worst tackle in rugby league history… pic.twitter.com/9F5r1jigz1
— The Mole (@9_Moley) June 17, 2020
What’s in the papers
South Sydney CEO, Blake Solly, formerly of the RFL, says the NRL clubs want the World Cup postponed and want to see international games played in New Zealand at the end of this year. He said: “The collective view when we discussed the tournament a few weeks ago was that it needed to be postponed until 2022.” (Yorkshire Live)
The battle between current Man of Steel Paul McShane and St Helens’ very own Man of Steel James Roby will be one of the key contests of Saturday’s Challenge Cup final between Saints and Castleford. Roby said: “I don’t really worry too much about the opposition, but Paul McShane is a fantastic player.” (Manchester Evening News)
Leeds are hopeful of recovering from the difficulties of the past 18 months and reap the benefits of their refurbished Headingley home, after reporting that turnover had dropped nearly £3m and they had made a loss £1.24m last year in their latest accounts. (Yorkshire Evening Post)
What’s on TV/radio
Nothing on the main channels, but you can watch the Super League Show on iPlayer
Castleford won their first four Challenge Cup finals, including back to back in 1969 and 1970, but have lost their last two.