Rugby League Today: Toronto lift League Leaders’ Shield, Holbrook talks & West Wales win!

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What’s on site

Reports suggest that St Helens coach Justin Holbrook is set to hold talks with Gold Coast Titans about their vacant coaching post.

Catalans coach Steve McNamara is an admirer of James Maloney, who is looking even more likely to make a move to Super League.

The return of the reserves means Super League clubs will look to recruit even more Championship players for next season.

West Wales Raiders finally secured their first win since changing from South Wales Ironmen, beating Coventry over the weekend.

Six rugby league related books that you must read!

What’s on social

Toronto received the League Leaders’ Shield after their win at Widnes. Would have been a better picture in front of 8,000 at Lamport, no?

Not together, stronger? Unfortunate, but Salford doing well without these two.

Lots of fuss over a tweet about reading a book in the press box the other night, this response has it spot on.

Missed this last week. Anyone feel old?

Another one from last week that’s worthy of another run.

What’s in the papers

Daryl Clark tells the Warrington Guardian that it isn’t time to panic following the Wolves’ recent dip in-form, ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final with Hull.

John Kear wasn’t happy with gamesmanship on York’s behalf, accusing them of feigning a head injury assessment late in their win over Bradford.

Jackson Hastings says he wants to repay Salford and show his full commitment to their cause before he leaves for Wigan at the season’s end, reports The Guardian.

Gareth Hock says he was moved to tears by messages sent to him following his retirement, reports The Mirror.

Birthdays

Castleford centre Michael Shenton, who has also played for St Helens and England, turns 34 today.

Also celebrating: new Leeds Hall of Famer Barrie McDermott (47); ex-Widnes centre Charly Runciman (26); Swinton’s Wales international back-rower Rhodri Lloyd (26); well travelled former Great Britain prop Nick Fozzard (42); former New South Wales and Widnes stand-off Steve Carter (49).

What’s on TV/radio

11pm – Super League Full Time – Sky Sports Action

11.40pm – Super League Show – BBC One

Trivia

Toronto are the third team to win successive Championship League Leaders’ Shields in the past eight seasons – Sheffield (2012, 2013), Leigh (2014, 2015, 2016) and Toronto (2018, 2019)