Rugby League Today: Roosters off to Perth, Matty Smith rumours & more on Catalans fall out

What’s on site

Details of the bans handed down to players for the on-field trouble during the Catalans-Warrington game at the weekend have been revealed, with Kenny Edwards set to face a tribunal.

A bumper start to the week saw plenty on site, including a rather underwhelming statement from Castleford acknowledging that winger Greg Eden is to face trial for the alleged attack of a female.

It was revealed that Warrington’s Jack Hughes played the majority of that match against Catalan with a ruptured testicle. Tough nut.

Wigan announced that Thomas Leuluai has signed a new deal, while captain Sean O’Loughlin may still be able to return later on this season.

There’s all the latest paper talk, including on Gareth Widdop and Leeds.

It didn’t take long to think of the ugly for this week’s Good, Bad column.

What’s on social

It promises to be a barmy week of transfers ahead of this Friday’s deadline, and one that is gathering pace is Matty Smith from Catalans to Warrington.

Still on Warrington, they’re appealing for information following Saturday’s unsavoury scenes.

Fair achievement.

We enjoyed getting this sent to us. Never give up.

What’s in the papers

Sydney Roosters are to take games on the road to Perth, following the lead of Canterbury Bulldogs, in a major coup for the Western Australian government, as talk of a permanent NRL franchise in Perth gather base.

Hull KR are looking at Leeds half-back Callum McLelland to replace the outgoing Danny McGuire, who is of course in charge of recruitment at Craven Park.

A knee injury has ruled Leeds winger Tom Briscoe out for the rest of the season, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Sheffield coach Mark Aston purred over half-back Anthony Thackeray’s man of the match performance in the weekend’s win over Widnes, reports the Sheffield Star.


Great Britain and Wigan legend and Hall of Famer Billy Boston, who scored an incredible 571 tries during his playing career between 1953 and 1970, is 85 today.

Also celebrating: England and Wigan centre Oliver Gildart (23); former Huddersfield and Wakefield forward Troy Slattery (46).

What’s on TV/radio

12.45pm – Super League Show – BBC Two


Billy Boston was called up by Great Britain after starting just nine games of rugby league. He went on to score 24 tries in 31 appearances for the Lions.

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