Rugby League Today: New Super League chief, the Hearns and legend retires

Drew Darbyshire

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What’s on site

Everton have confirmed that Robert Elstone will be leaving them to take up the top job in Super League – while the RFL have met with Barry Hearn.

Cameron Smith has announced his retirement from representative rugby league with immediate effect.

Leigh have confirmed the signing of Wakefield forward Jordan Baldwinson on a one-month loan deal.

Anthony Mullally, Kyle Amor and Bureta Faraimo are set to miss Magic Weekend after receiving suspension charges.

Widnes have announced that forward Owen Farnworth has signed a new three-year deal, as has fellow prop Gil Dudson.

Wests Tigers have dropped Mahe Fonua to the reserves after he turned up to training nearly an hour late.

Manly Sea Eagles have signed Trent Hodkinson with immediate effect on a contract until the end of the 2019 season.

The sixth round of the Challenge Cup provided us with plenty of stories across the weekend and we have picked out the five main talking points.

Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said he was surprised at how early Catalans made an approach to sign Sam Tomkins.

Former NRL and Super League star Daniel Vidot has signed a contract with WWE, according to reports.

Former Leeds back-rower Matt Adamson has been named interim head coach of the Fiji national team.

North West organisations are joining forces to attempt to break a Guinness World Record in a bid to raise awareness of mental health.

Hull FC forward Josh Bowden has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Widnes and Leeds have agreed to extend the loan spell for Jimmy Keinhorst.

Our latest column is out. ‘We need to stop moaning about referees’.

What’s in the papers

Toulouse aim for Super League under sheep-farming coach Sylvain Houles, report The Guardian.

Nick Tedeschi has paid tribute to Cameron Smith’s career for The Guardian.

‘I thought that might be it’ – England hopeful Tommy Makinson on past injury nightmares, report the Mirror.

Wakefield winger Mason Caton-Brown lined up by Salford – could move this week, claim The Sun.

Sam Tomkins says ‘it will be good to call Catalans home’, report Wigan Today.

Why Hull FC star Mark Minichiello is confident despite injury crisis, report Hull Daily Mail.

Hull KR star Chris Atkin eyes derby win over Hull FC to cut top-eight gap, report Hull Daily Mail.

What’s on social

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It’s good to see Wigan getting behind Mental Health Awareness Week!

What’s on TV/Radio

We would highly recommend watching Rugby League’s Legendary Watersplash Final documentary on BBC iPlayer. It is brilliant.

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.