Rugby League Today: Sene-Lefao and Navarrete pen deals, Mariano move, Sutcliffe recovery

Drew Darbyshire

We have got all kinds of news on site today, from funny, to sad, to exciting, to interesting.

What’s on site

We have got round-ups from all the weekend’s action, including Super League, Challenge Cup and NRL.

Former Wales head coach Les Pearce has died at the age of 94, while St Helens stalwart Roy Haggerty has passed away at the age of 58.

Jesse Sene-Lefao has signed a three-year contract extension with Castleford, keeping him at the Tigers until the end of the 2021 season.

Romain Navarrete has signed a contract extension with Wigan that will see him remain with the Warriors until the end of 2021 with the option of a further year, in Wigan’s favour.

Widnes’ loanee Jimmy Keinhorst is eager to make his Vikings debut on Friday when they take on Wigan.

Doncaster have beaten several Championship clubs to the signature of Scotland forward Frankie Mariano on a deal until the end of the season.

What’s in the papers

Players’ union chief says blame society, not rugby league, for increased drug use, report The Guardian.

Vintage Johnathan Thurston proves doubters wrong, says Matt Cleary for The Guardian.

Bradford Bulls boss John Kear says Warrington Wolves are the real deal in 2018, report Warrington Guardian.

Roy Haggerty was a boy’s own hero’ says Mike Critchley in a lovely tribute in the St Helens Star.

Leeds Rhinos centre Liam Sutcliffe will not rush his injury recovery, claim Yorkshire Evening Post.

Lee Radford hoping to find consistency in his Hull FC selection, report Hull Daily Mail.

What’s on social

We hope everyone enjoyed St George’s Day yesterday!

Who do you want your team to get in the sixth round?

Clever thinking from Wigan!

What a giant killing this was!

Contracts, contracts and more contracts in this week’s trade papers!

What’s on TV/Radio

Super League Show – 7:15am, BBC Two, presented by Tanya Arnold.

The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

The latest Rugby League show on Proper Sport is available to download now.

The latest Whippets and Flat Caps podcast is available to download now, presented by Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The latest Rugby League on talkSPORT 2 podcast is available to download now.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.