Rugby League Today: NRL to trial rule changes, more have their say on Toronto plus inspirational Mose Masoe

What’s on site

Fans can’t return to stadiums due to concerns over mass gatherings going towards and leaving the grounds before and after matches.

Castleford winger James Clare is the first guest on a new series of videos, where we sit down with players past and present to talk about their rugby league story.

Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney says Toronto Wolfpack have been prejudged, and is backing for them to stay in Super League.

New Wigan signing Brad Singleton has become the latest to lend his support to the Wolfpack’s plight and backed their return to Super League, as d-day nears.

Ray Mour’s back for the midweek Off the Record gossip column.

What’s on social

If this doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.

A referee in the NRL is being forced to hang up his whistle – they’re human too.

Bodene Thompson is another to back Toronto.

What’s in the papers

The NRL are to trial yet more rule changes in matches that are dead rubbers in their final round this weekend, reports The Guardian. They will limit the use of scrums, minimise stoppages for bunker referrals and offside penalties will result in set restarts.

Nice human story in The Mirror about the squash rivalry between Leeds coach Richard Agar and Hull KR counterpart Tony Smith.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has hit out in the Yorkshire Post at the lack of protection from officials for his half-backs, as Danny Richardson has joined Jake Trueman on the sidelines, as well as recent stand-in stand-off Peter Matau’tia.

Birthdays

Great Britain and St Helens legend Sean Long, now working in rugby union, celebrates his 44th birthday today (September 24)

Also celebrating: Leeds back-rower Alex Mellor (26); Jamaica international Ross Peltier (28); infamous ex-Wigan winger Desi Williams (35); former St Helens coach Mick Potter (57)

What’s on TV/radio

6pm – Live Super League: Hull v Salford – Sky Sports Arena/Mix

8.15pm – Live Super League: Castleford v Huddersfield – Sky Sports Arena/Mix

Trivia

Mick Potter won the Dally M medal in 1984 and 1991 during his playing career.

1 Comment

  1. The mark of a good referee is you barely notice them in s match, they’re doing their job not show boating like some. Gavin Badger was a very good referee, he deserves better than this. Good luck in his next ventures after refereeing.

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