What’s on site
There’s plenty of gossip in the latest Off the Record column.
It’s the indigenous round in the NRL this weekend, and Zach Holland has previewed all of the games.
Super League and Betfred have agreed the largest commercial deal in the competition’s history.
Halifax have appointed Simon Grix as their new head coach.
Suggestions are coming in thick and fast for Magic Weekend, and Hull KR captain Joel Tomkins is suggesting it should be combined with Summer Bash.
Championship side Featherstone have signed Huddersfield forward Dale Ferguson on loan.
What’s on social
People continue to rally round Jansin Turgut.
The Edge is sorry to hear the terrible news about rugby league player Jansin Turgut. We would like to offer our support to him and his family and friends. The Edge is donating all class fees for the rest of this month to fundraising efforts to cover his treatment. pic.twitter.com/rhiIMXPkqh
— The Edge (@EdgeEpt) May 22, 2019
Danny Sculthorpe and State of Mind continue to do their fantastic work.
Our message is going global, rugby league world wide understand how important it is to talk and use the appropriate coping mechanisms, thank you @RaidersCanberra for this email 👌🏻 @stateofmindsprt pic.twitter.com/HY7HrHPvRQ
— danny sculthorpe (@danscully8) May 22, 2019
The Magic Weekend debate…
SL at the Etihad
Championship at the Academy Stadium
League 1 at the Regional Arena
— Gavin Wilson (@GavWilson) May 22, 2019
What’s in the papers
St Helens are topping the leaderboard for Magic Weekend ticket sales, reports the St Helens Star. At the bottom, Catalans have outsold London Broncos for the event at Anfield.
Salford’s Jackson Hastings will wear a tribute on his shirt to former team-mate Jansin Turgut, who is still in a critical condition after a fall in Ibiza, at the Magic Weekend.
Warrington half-back Dec Patton is 24 today.
The first club rugby league match held at Anfield was in 1989, when Widnes beat Wigan 27-22 in the Charity Shield.