Rugby League Today: Sonny Bill and Folau’s NRL rumours squashed & possible season-long pay cuts

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

England coach Shaun Wane remains hopeful of the Ashes series against Australia going ahead – even if it means moving dates.

Leeds fan Martin Price is the latest guest on My Set of Six. He talks Wheldon Road, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and the Rhinos’ 2004 Grand Final victory.

Our latest throwback feature focuses on Fulham RLFC. The younger generation may find it hard to believe there was once a professional rugby league team called Fulham RLFC who played at Craven Cottage.

We’ve taken a look at six of the best full-backs in the NRL right now and have ranked them in order. Do you agree or disagree with our choices?

Trent Merrin says captaining Leeds is one of the highlights of his career and hasn’t ruled out a possible return to the Rhinos before the end of his career.

What’s in the papers

Super League to ask players to take season-long pay cut in fight for survival, reports The Guardian.

South Sydney Rabbitohs boss rubbishes talk of Sonny Bill Williams and Israel Folau returning to NRL, reports TVNZ.

Super League players to decide on pay cut proposals put forward by clubs, reports the Mirror.

St Helens players check on elderly fans’ health with daily phonecalls, reports The Sun.

Why clubs below Super League may be better placed to deal with lockdown, reports The Guardian.

What’s on social

Just imagine playing your first Super League game at 16!

This is TV gold.

John Bateman has braved the shave!

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.


Former Hull FC and Hull KR favourite Paul Cooke turns 39 today.

Also celebrating; Featherstone forward Brett Ferres (34), ex-Catalans winger Dimitri Pelo (35) and Sydney Roosters prop Lindsay Collins (24).


Welshman David Watkins holds the record for most goals in a season, having kicked 221 goals for Salford in the 1972-73 campaign.

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