A wrap up of the latest rugby league news.
What’s on site
The first ‘off the record’ gossip column of the year is out now. We tell you about Jon Wilkin’s retirement u-turn, Anglo-French relations at Catalans and the NRL prop who Leeds missed out on.
Matty Smith is raring to go with Widnes in the Championship after what has been a testing couple of years for himself. He says some interesting stuff about his time at Wigan and St Helens.
Toulouse have announced their squad numbers for 2020. Jy Hitchcox, Frank Winterstein, Lloyd White and Harrison Hansen will ply their trade for the French club this year.
Sydney Roosters will auction their 2020 World Club Challenge shirts to help raise funds for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
Hull KR forward Dean Hadley has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a dislocated thumb.
What’s in the papers
Wigan’s new full-back Bevan French has been tipped to take the new Super League campaign by storm, with team-mate Jake Bibby labelling his talent as “outrageous”, report Wigan Today.
What’s on social
The Malcolm 😰 Pain, suffering, grass burns, brutal!
But where did the Malcolm come from? 🤔
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) January 23, 2020
So Jon Wilkin has a phone case with a topless Sonny Bill Williams on!
Wilkin shows off his newest phone case at Media Day 😂 pic.twitter.com/93gPKPyjzk
— Toronto Wolfpack (@TOwolfpack) January 22, 2020
We miss Greg Inglis.
BEST TRIES OF THE LAST DECADE – This solo effort from Greg Inglis is something else… pic.twitter.com/ZTA6dnVhbm
— NRL (@NRL) January 23, 2020
What’s on TV/Radio
Episode 46: Love Rugby League Weekly, hosted by deputy editor Drew Darbyshire.
The latest Chasing Kangaroos – An International Rugby League podcast is available to download now.
The latest Howlin’ Hour podcast is available to download now. Toronto Wolfpack founder Eric Perez is a special guest on the show.
The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.
We’ve got some top video content coming soon (biased, we know).
Hull KR’s star recruit Shaun Kenny-Dowall turns 32 today.
Also celebrating; Wests Tigers legend Robbie Farah (36), Swinton hooker Scott Moore (32) and Salford half-back Tui Lolohea (25).
Sonny Bill Williams’ last game in rugby league was back in 2014, with his Sydney Roosters side going down to a 32-22 defeat against rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL preliminary finals.