Rugby League Today: Sonny Bill linked with NRL, London eye Super League spot & latest on Toronto Wolfpack

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

New Zealand Warriors are interested in bringing Sonny Bill Williams back to the NRL, after Toronto’s withdrawal from the remainder of the Super League season.

List of Rugby League World Cup 2021 fixtures – date-by-date by tournament. England will start the tournament by facing Samoa at St James’ Park in Newcastle.

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone says the withdrawal of Toronto Wolfpack was a big surprise and that they could face sanction after they pulled out of the 2020 season.

Phil Clarke says there was no other option but to scrap promotion and relegation from Super League this season.

Mad Monday: What next for Toronto and rugby league?

What’s in the papers

World Cup boss Jon Dutton believes huge group wins would show it is growing, reports The Sun.

London Broncos offer to take Toronto Wolfpack’s place in Super League for 2020, reports the Mirror.

World Cup chief executive Jon Dutton says bringing England fixture to Sheffield is a bold and brave move, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Hull KR extend dual-registration agreement with Dewsbury, reports Hull Live.

Toronto Wolfpack owner David Argyle wants lessons to be learned from their withdrawal, reports The Sun.

What’s on social

What is your favourite away ground?

The excitement is building for the 2021 World Cup!

Trent Barrett will become Canterbury Bulldogs head coach on a three-year deal from 2021.

 

What’s on TV/Radio

NRL Tonight – Watch NRL (9am)

NRL 360 – Watch NRL (9:30am)

Matty Johns Podcast – Watch NRL (10:30am)

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.

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 Great Britain, England and Ireland international Barrie McDermott turns 48 today.

Also celebrating; ex-Great Britain international Nick Fozzard (43), Castleford captain Michael Shenton (34) and Swinton skipper Rhodri Lloyd (27).

Trivia

Toronto Wolfpack forward Sonny Bill Williams has made the most offloads in Super League this season, with 23 to his name.

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1 Comment

  1. Toulouse, Leigh, Featherstone, even Widnes, Halifax, and others other might make such a claim. Maybe a single season conceit like the Barbarians be used to fulfil fixtures? Drawn from players from Toronto, the championship, free agents, etc fulfil the fixtures vacated. The players are paid from gate receipts for “home” games, but matches staged in expansion areas or places that haven’t had a Super League club.

    It would avoid end of season arguments, get done players playing, allow fixtures to be completed.

    A one off set of shirts might sell well.

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