Rugby League Today: Twitter, transfers and television
There are a lot of new features and transfer news currently on site while there are preview shows to watch on the box.
What’s on site
Castleford Tigers forward Mitch Clark has joined Featherstone Rovers on loan while Workington Town have signed youngster Dan Norman on loan from Widnes Vikings.
With the Betfred Super League and Betfred Championship seasons on the horizon, we have got more previews on the site and we most recently focus on Wakefield Trinity, Dewsbury Rams and Toulouse Olympique.
Hull KR have named Shaun Lunt captain for 2018 while Rémi Casty will continue his role as skipper of the Catalans Dragons this season.
Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos have named their 19-man squads for the Betfred Super League opener as well as Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants naming theirs as well for Thursday night’s game.
In our latest ‘twitter talk’ feature, fans have reacted to the possibility of the Hearns getting involved with Rugby League which makes for interesting reading.
What’s in the papers
Gareth Walker’s scouting report for The Mirror has returned and in the latest edition, he has looked at Masi Matongo – the Zimbabwean-born trainee accountant being tipped for a big future at Hull FC.
Lee Radford, Hull head coach, told The Mirror: “I’m expecting big things from him this year.”
The Daily Star claim that Leeds Rhinos are ready to charge as Brian McDermott fires blood and thunder warning to the champions.
Leeds boss McDermott told the Daily Star: “There is an intensity about the way we train and how the players operate with each other which is a great thing.”
What’s on social
Manchester City host West Bromwich Albion at home tonight and in as part of their pre-match build-up, Salford’s Weller Hauraki, St Helens’ Justin Holbrook, Warrington’s Dom Crosby and Widnes’ Denis Betts will be talking about all things Super League at City Square Live prior to kick-off…
This Thursday, the @SuperLeague is back! ?
Tomorrow, to celebrate the return of the action, we'll be joined by @SalfordDevils captain @Weller_hauraki, @Saints1890 head coach Justin Holbrook, @wolvesrl's @domcrosby & @WidnesRL head coach Denis Betts! #CitySquareLive #mancity pic.twitter.com/7pJkltdvcT
— City Square Live (@citysquarelive) January 30, 2018
Our latest ‘have your say’ feature has gone down a treat on Facebook, with us asking the fans who they are tipping to pick up the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award this year!
Who do you think will win the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in 2018? ?
We have got Betfred's top 10 favourites in this list… #rugbyleague https://t.co/xhKXhNzxBp
— Love Rugby League (@loverugbyleague) January 30, 2018
Wigan Warriors star Oliver Gildart is the most recent player to be a part of Super League TV’s set of six video feature…
Set of Six with @OliverGildart3 ?⚪
Young Player of the Year on his chicken legs, the @WiganWarriorsRL youngsters and his first lads holiday! ? pic.twitter.com/TJEp4WhNXD
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) January 30, 2018
What’s on TV/Radio
The Super League Show is back on the BBC ahead of the new season starting, presented by Tanya Arnold.
Not a live show, but make sure you check out the new Rugby League on talkSPORT 2 podcast hosted by Mark Wilson. Download now.
Monday’s Rugby League on Radio Yorkshire podcast is now available to download, hosted by Mark Wilson plus special guests.
The Final Hooter podcast is back on loverugbyleague.com, hosted by Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson.
The Rugby League 5 Live podcast also returns, with BBC Sport commentator Dave Woods previewing the 2018 season with Leeds Rhinos ace Jamie Jones-Buchanan.
Love Rugby League Weekly was aired LIVE on Facebook last week but you can watch it here as James Gordon and Drew Darbyshire discuss the reserves, transfers and dual-registration.