Rugby League Today: Smith sends out warning, RFL remove £15k rule & RL to follow football’s lead

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Wigan coach Adrian Lam says he is excited by the state of the club and remains positive for the future of the game.

Paper Talk: Behind closed doors realistic, Hansen wants expanded Super League & Hull’s wage cut revealed.

Warrington fan James Messenger is our latest guest on My Set of Six. He talks Justin Hodges, Belle Vue and Warrington’s 39-26 Challenge Cup semi-final win over Wigan back in 2009.

The National Conference League has been suspended for 2020 – but there will be a regionalised group of fixtures.

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer has highlighted the impact rugby league has made on working class communities.

What’s in the papers

Rugby league clubs are the beating heart of their community and must survive, reports The Guardian.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith’s warning – look after club owners or lose them, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Leeds legend Barrie McDermott says rugby league will follow football’s lead, reports Yorkshire Evening Post.

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson’s warning about behind closed doors Super League games, reports Hull Live.

Super League faces contract minefield if season goes into December, reports The Sun.

What’s on social

Fair point…

We feel John Bateman’s pain.

It seems a lot of people aren’t happy with the ‘#RFL125’ voting options.

What’s on TV/Radio

Former Super League and NRL forward Keith Mason is this week’s guest on The Last Tackle. He talks about his switch to the NRL at 20 as well as his new rugby comic – Rugby Blood.

Super League’s Out Of Your League podcast is back, featuring Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is available to download now.

Podcast: The Final Hooter #4 – featuring rugby league royalty Ellery Hanley.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League Podcast is out now, hosted by Dave Woods.

Birthdays

Former Wakefield, Castleford and Sheffield hooker Richard Goddard turns 46 today.

Also celebrating; Leeds hooker Brad Dwyer (27), Doncaster prop Russ Spiers (29) and Sydney Roosters hooker Craig Garvey (27).

Trivia

Lewis Jones holds the record for most points in a rugby league season, with 496 (36t, 194g) for Leeds in the 1956-57 campaign.

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