A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.
What’s on site
The eyes of the world were on rugby league on Thursday, as Prince Harry undertook his first official engagement since “quitting” the Royal Family. Rugby Football League performance director Kevin Sinfield says Prince Harry has been outstanding for rugby league.
England performance director Kevin Sinfield says the final decision on a mid-season international will be made by the coach, whoever that might be.
Sonny Bill Williams has been named in the Toronto squad for their pre-season game at Castleford on Sunday, which is Michael Shenton’s testimonial match. Could he play against England at the World Cup?
Super League have confirmed they have sold 25% more tickets for this year’s Magic Weekend in Newcastle than what they did last year in Liverpool.
What’s in the papers
Harry’s game: England drawn with Samoa on rugby league’s royal day out, report The Guardian.
What’s on social
Has rugby league ever had this much exposure?
The @RLWC2021 will be the first time in tournament history that the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events are held simultaneously.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 16, 2020
England and St Helens women’s star Jodie Cunningham is an inspiration.
While @England_RL and @Saints1890 star and #RLWC2021 women's ambassador, @Jodie_cunny, here tells the admirable story of her road to recovery to feature in the last Rugby League World Cup #RLWC2021Draw pic.twitter.com/rk31Z7pix3
— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) January 16, 2020
International rugby league is getting bigger and better than ever.
A: England 🏴Samoa 🇼🇸 France 🇫🇷 Greece 🇬🇷
B: Australia 🇦🇺 Fiji 🇫🇯 Scotland 🏴 Italy 🇮🇹
C: New Zealand 🇳🇿 Lebanon 🇱🇧 Jamaica 🇯🇲 Ireland 🇮🇪
D: Tonga 🇹🇴 PNG 🇵🇬 Wales 🏴 Cook Islands 🇨🇰
— Love Rugby League (@loverugbyleague) January 16, 2020
What’s on TV/Radio
Episode 46: Love Rugby League Weekly, hosted by deputy editor Drew Darbyshire.
The latest Chasing Kangaroos – An International Rugby League podcast is available to download now.
The latest Howlin’ Hour podcast is available to download now. Toronto Wolfpack founder Eric Perez is a special guest on the show.
The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.
We’ve got some top video content coming soon (biased, we know).
Tonga and Huddersfield forward Ukuma Ta’ai turns 33 today.
Also celebrating; ex-Widnes man Chris Dean (32), Salford prop Lee Mossop (31) and Halifax’s Welsh twins Curtis and Connor Davies (23).
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has been the patron of the Rugby Football League since 2016, taking over the role from the Queen.