Rugby League Today: Uate confirms SL switch, England debutants named, transfer gossip

Drew Darbyshire

We have all of the latest news in the rugby league world right here.

What’s on site

Wayne Bennett will hand England debuts to Jake Connor and Tommy Makinson when they face New Zealand in Denver on Saturday. The 17-man team to face the Kiwis has been announced.

Wigan and Toulouse have agreed for Joe Bretherton’s loan to be extended until the end of the season.

Catalans star Sam Moa has been fined and banned, but Widnes co-captain Chris Houston has accepted a two-match ban.

The latest ‘off the record’ feature is out now. The rumour mill has been in overdrive after a busy week in rugby league.

Castleford have been forced to ring the changes ahead of Friday and Liam Farrell could return for Wigan. The 19-man squads have been revealed.

England and Wigan half-back George Williams has been ruled out for four two six weeks with a knee injury.

Lebanon captain Robbie Farah will return to Wests Tigers for the rest of the 2018 season.

Manly Sea Eagles star Akuila Uate is set to join Huddersfield Giants on a lucrative three-year deal from 2019. He has confirmed that he will move to Super League.

Halifax have signed back-rower Macauley Davies on a one-month loan deal from Wigan.

Featherstone have welcomed the news that Martyn Ridyard will play for Rovers again this season.

The Danish Rugby League has developed a new coach educator in Richard Naylor and two more level 1 coaches.

The latest Super League team of the week has been revealed. The State of Mind round provided us with several phenomenal displays.

What’s in the papers

Jermaine McGillvary defends England call-up: ‘When people have a shot at me and say I’m not deserving of a place, I am deserving’, report the Mirror.

‘I’d have loved this’: Kevin Sinfield on England v New Zealand in Denver, report The Guardian.

James Graham tells moaning Aussies England’s Denver Test is good for rugby league, report The Sun.

Jake Connor and Tommy Makinson to make England debut against New Zealand, report The Sun.

Sean O’Loughlin living the American dream, report Wigan Today.

Paul Sculthorpe: We need to show America what rugby league is about, report St Helens Star.

Lee Radford demanding no off-field ‘grenades’ from Hull FC stars during break, report Hull Daily Mail.

Hull KR’s never-say-die attitude huge for top-eight push says returning captain Shaun Lunt, report Hull Daily Mail.

What’s on social

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What’s on TV/Radio

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.