What’s on site
Luke Thompson is set to become the latest Englishman to make his NRL debut for the Bulldogs this weekend – read Zach Holland’s preview of the upcoming NRL weekend.
It’s been a long few months of lockdown, especially in furlough, but good to see that the My Set of Six feature has attracted a number of great guests, including players, past players, administrators and fans.
Regan Grace, the St Helens and Wales winger, is the latest player to answer the six questions.
James Graham is back from Australia and ready to get going again with St Helens – doesn’t look like he’s brought the weather with him.
There may be uncertainty over the lower league season right now, but Rochdale are still looking ahead to 2021 – with captain Sean Penkywicz committing to play on for another year.
What’s on social
Czech side the Mad Squirrels have launched their kit for the new EuroXIIIs competition, and it’s a belter.
You asked for our jersey? Here you go!
— Mad Squirrels (@MadSquirrelsRL) July 8, 2020
We can but dream, Gav.
Because that would be ace if so! #RugbyLeague
— Gavin Wilson (@GavWilson) July 8, 2020
Keep an eye out for this classic over the weekend.
Hits, hits and more hits! 😲
Wales v Western Samoa 1995 Rugby League World Cup 🏉
Saturday 11th July 17:15 ⏰
BBC One Wales 📺 pic.twitter.com/6VDT1bjtlM
— BBC ScrumV (@BBCScrumV) July 7, 2020
All the best to St Helens and England women’s player Faye Gaskin, who has fought back from injury.
The top picture was 9 months ago and the worst pain I’ve been in.
Today I was signed off by the physio and given the all clear to play.
Mega thanks to those who have continually messaged me and checked in, I won’t forget it 💛.
Today had been awesome✌🏼. pic.twitter.com/PBx5E2bDHH
— Faye Gaskin. (@FayeGaskin) July 8, 2020
What’s in the papers
They were expected at the start of this week, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for the release of the Super League fixtures – which have been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, as reported in Wigan Today.
Players’ association chief Garreth Carvell wants a ban on clubs making big money signings, reports The Mirror, until talks are completed regarding pay cuts for existing players.
Also in The Mirror, one man who will have a keen eye on the fixture list is interim Hull coach Andy Last, who has been in charge for more than 100 days, but is still yet to take charge of his first game following the departure of Lee Radford.
Flying winger Rob Worrincy celebrates his 35th birthday today (July 9th). Now at Dewsbury, he’s scored plenty of tries at Championship level for Halifax and Sheffield.
Also celebrating: Warrington and Ireland centre Toby King (24); Scotland international Brett Carter (32); former Halifax and Hull back-rower Shayne McMenemy (44).
The late Quentin Pongia, who sadly passed away in 2019, would have turned 50 today.
What’s on TV/radio
10.50am – Live NRL: North Queensland v Sydney Roosters – Sky Sports Arena
The legendary Johnny Whiteley MBE recalls Great Britain’s last Ashes win over Australia, some 50 years, on the latest BBC 5 Live Rugby League podcast.
Martin Offiah discusses his experience of racism in rugby league, in another cutting podcast on the BBC.
Our man Dave Parkinson has been busy with the 13 Pro-Am podcast, flying the flag for the community game and more.
— 13 Pro-Am (@13Pro_Am) July 8, 2020
Great Britain have lost the last 13 Ashes series – the last took place in 2003. It was due to return this autumn with England, until the coronavirus pandemic caused its postponement.