Rugby League Today: St Helens look for Thompson replacement, Hamlin banned & Wane confident of success

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

The latest mailbox is out now. Graham Collins says the play-the-ball interpretation changes have had little effect.

New England coach Shaun Wane hasn’t ruled heritage players out of his plans.

St Helens forward Luke Thompson will move to Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL at the end of the season.

We’ve had a scan through the latest trade newspapers. Salford want Roberts, Toronto to gain dispensation and Catalans eye another Wigan man.

Kevin Sinfield will step down from his position as head of the England Performance Unit with immediate effect.

What’s in the papers

Wakefield coach Chris Chester feels the Rugby Football League have appointed the “right guy” in Shaun Wane, report Wakefield Express.

Shaun Wane Q&A: “Can we win Ashes and World Cup? Absolutely”, report Wigan Today.

Saints will look at all options to fill Luke Thompson void, report St Helens Star.

Wakefield half-back Danny Brough last night spoke of his relief at discovering his season is not already over, report The Yorkshire Post.

Gabe Hamlin has been banned for two years after failing to prove he only got cocaine in his system by kissing a woman, report the Mirror.

What’s on social

That is some effort.

Rob Burrow is a true inspiration.

Greg Inglis x Sam Burgess.

What’s on TV/Radio

Matty Smith on Israel Folau, life in Catalans and Saints or Wigan? The first episode of The Last Tackle is out now.

Super League’s Out Of Your League podcast is back, featuring Sam Burgess.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is back, with Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick being a special guest.

Betfred have launched a magazine show called The Last Tackle on YouTube, hosted by Mark Pearson.

Tanya Arnold is joined by the stars of Super League to look ahead to the 2020 season in the first Super League Show of 2020.

Podcast: The Final Hooter 2020 #2 – Super League season launch.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.

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

The latest Total Rugby League Show is available to download now, hosted by Ben Hughes.

The In Touch Show is out now by Betfred.


St Helens and Fiji star Kevin Naiqama turns 31 today.

Also celebrating; St Helens prop Matty Lees (22), Tonga international Tevita Pangai Jnr (24) and Australia international Jack Wighton (27).


Denny Solomona set the record for most tries in a season in his final year with Castleford with 40 in 2016.