Rugby League Today: Sutton to NRL, West Wales receive help, Bolton to host CC semi-finals

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The Challenge Cup quarter-finals get underway today! Take a look at the latest news right here.

What’s on site

Canberra have confirmed the signing of Wigan front-rower Ryan Sutton on a two-year deal from the 2019 season.

Wigan have agreed a partnership with West Wales Raiders that will see an enhanced pathway opportunity for young Welsh players.

The latest Final Hooter podcast is out now. Adrian Jackson and Dave Parkinson present the show and it includes Steve Price, Mark Aston, Stuart Littler and Paul Rowley.

We have an opinion piece on Brian McDermott, Leeds’ form and injuries. “It is a little-known fact that Brian McDermott is the only creature in the world with thicker skin than a Rhino.”

North Queensland Cowboys have secured the services of hooker Jake Granville until the end of the 2021 season.

The latest ‘stat attack’ feature is out. Warrington ran 500 more metres than anyone more club in round 16 of Super League.

The ‘off the record’ feature has returned. There is a lot of talk about incomings and outgoings in Super League this week.

We have got the 19-man squads for Friday’s games, including Leeds v Leigh and Hull KR v Castleford.

The Rugby Football League has announced that the 2018 Challenge Cup semi-finals will be played as a double header at Macron Stadium in Bolton on Sunday August 5.

Team of the week from round 16 of Super League has been revealed. Four Warrington players are in the team of the week.

What’s in the papers

Gavin Willacy’s latest column for No Helmets Required is in The Guardian right now. He discusses what does the future hold for rugby league’s weakest professional clubs.

Jamie Peacock’s column is in the Mirror. He says the new CEO Robert Elstone has major plus points to work with as he plans Super League’s future.

Wigan ace Thomas Leuluai to be a ‘Super League spy’ for New Zealand, claim The Sun.

Wigan boss Shaun Wane puts Challenge Cup focus on players, report Wigan Today.

St Helens Star have an exclusive Q&A with Justin Holbrook. The Saints coach talks about Jonny Lomax’s form, Hull FC’s pack and another Ben Barba special.

Leeds grafter Carl Ablett is working overtime to make cup-tie selection, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

Lee Radford’s strong Hull FC message as he reveals Kirk Yeaman unlikely to play again, report Hull Daily Mail.

Hull KR open new advanced contract talks with star Junior Vaivai, report Hull Daily Mail.

What’s on social

Dave Parkinson is providing LIVE commentary on our Facebook page on Sunday. Tune in!

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What’s on TV/Radio

LIVE NRL: Manly Sea Eagles v North Queensland Cowboys – 10:50am, Sky Sports Arena

LIVE CC: Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons – 7:30pm, Sky Sports Arena

CC Highlights: Huddersfield Giants v Catalans – 1am & 4am, Sky Sports Arena

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

The latest Rugby League show on Proper Sport is available to download now.

The latest Whippets and Flat Caps podcast is available to download now, presented by Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan.

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

The latest Rugby League on talkSPORT 2 podcast is available to download now.

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

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