Rugby League Today: Stadium sagas, Leeds rumour quashed, Wakefield injury blow and Salford bromance

What’s on site

Check out the good, the bad and the ugly from the weekend just gone – including the World Club Challenge and dual-registration.

They may have been sent back down to earth by Leeds at the weekend, but there’s something blossoming at Salford, not least the bromance between Jackson Hastings and Joey Lussick.

Plenty of player speculation in this week’s trade papers, including Warrington making a move for a rugby union international, Toronto reportedly doing the same and more chopping and changing at Leeds. It’s all in the latest Paper Talk.

Fouad Yaha’s switch to rugby union was shortlived – he is now back at Catalans, providing the Dragons with another option on the wing.

Toronto look head and shoulders above the rest of the Championship and Ricky Leutele is one reason why – he explained why he turned down NRL and Super League down to move to the Wolfpack.

Widnes owe their local council almost £400k in stadium rent, though a resolution to their ongoing ownership saga appears to be close.

Toulouse’s bid to become the second French club in Super League has been hit by the collapse of their stadium renovation project, following legal action from local residents.

What’s on social

Rugby league could do with a few more Trent Robinsons, especially Down Under.

It’s a fine line between good marketing and writing your opponent’s team talk…

Posted by Rugby League Banter Page on Sunday, February 17, 2019

Keep an eye out for Andy Dakin’s new book, featuring rugby league grounds old and new.

What’s in the papers

There’s a nice piece in The Guardian about the resurrection of Keighley Cougars, who got their season underway on Sunday after a turbulent winter.

Wakefield have rubbished rumours linking David Fifita to Leeds, according to the Yorkshire Post, and he is set to sign a new deal at Belle Vue.

Fifita staying is at least a positive for Wakefield, who have lost forward Craig Huby for four months due to a shoulder injury suffered in the home defeat to St Helens, again in the Yorkshire Post.

Barrow coach Paul Crarey was left embarrassed by his side’s 56-0 defeat to York on Sunday, reports the North West Evening Mail.

Birthdays

Former Australia, New South Wales, Parramatta and Hull KR prop Mick Vella is 41 today.

Mick Vella

Also celebrating: Swinton coach Stuart Littler (40); Sheffield’s former Hull, Castleford, Widnes, York, Halifax, Dewsbury and Featherstone half-back Anthony Thackeray (33); Leeds young-gun Harry Newman (20).

What’s on TV/Radio

Super League Show – BBC Two – 1pm

The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.

The Full Eighty Minutes podcast by Proper Sport is available to download now.

The Forty20 Rugby League podcast is available to download now.

Trivia

Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters became the 11th team to claim a treble of Grand Final, Minor Premiership and World Club Challenge titles – the others Eastern Suburbs Roosters (1975/76), Brisbane Broncos (1992 and 1997), Bradford (2001/02 and 2003/04), Leeds (2004/05), St Helens (2006/07), St George-Illawarra (2010/11), Sydney Roosters (2013/14 and 2018/19), Melbourne Storm (2017/18)