Rugby League Today: The wait is over plus the affect of fan abuse on refs

The wait is finally over – Super League is back tonight! As well as giving us something to put in the what’s on TV section of this column, it marks the start of what promises to be an exciting season.

What’s on site

The next time you give a referee some abuse, just bear this article in mind. Some superb words from former referee Ian Smith on the affect it had on his mental health.

In a new feature, Tipping Super League, editor James Gordon will take on a rugby league personality each week. Up first is State of Mind’s Dr Phil Cooper. Check out their predictions.

With Super League starting tonight, it’s about time you read through all our club previews, listed below:

Castleford
Catalans
Huddersfield
Hull
Hull KR
Leeds
Salford
St Helens
Wakefield
Warrington
Widnes
Wigan’s will be hitting the site today.

What’s in the papers

On the subject of mental health, if you haven’t seen Gary Carter’s excellent piece with Bryson Goodwin and coping with the death of his brother in The Sun, you really should.

Jon Wilkin has called on rugby league to stop the gimmicks and offer a clear vision.

What’s on social

There’s been a great response to the story mentioned above with Ian Smith over on Twitter.

Eddie Hearn’s name is still circulating in despatches, even if his involvement does seem unlikely.

Say what you like about Garry Schofield, but he’s got a point with this one.

What’s on TV/radio

Super League XXII: Super Tries of 2017 – Midday, Sky Sports Arena

Super League XXII Grand Final Highlights: Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos – 12.30pm & 5.30pm, Sky Sports Arena

20 Years of Super League – 1.30pm, Sky Sports Arena & 3.30pm, Sky Sports Mix (A special programme celebrating two decades since the dawn of the Super League era in 1996)

Super League XXIII Preview – 6.30pm, Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Main Event

Live Betfred Super League: Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos – 7.30pm, Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Main Event (Presenters/Commentators: Brian Carney; Eddie Hemmings; Phil Clarke, Barrie McDermott, Terry O’Connor & Jon Wells)

Betfred Super League: Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos Highlights – 1.30am, Sky Sports Arena

5 Live Rugby League, 5 Live Sports Extra – 7.00pm

Live commentary of Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos in the Betfred Super League plus interviews, previews and debate (Presenter – Dave Woods / Guest: Jon Wilkin)

5 Live Rugby League, 5 Live – 9.00pm (Tanya Arnold and guests, Brian Noble and Jamie Peacock, look ahead to the 2018 Betfred Super League Season)

1 Comment

  1. Yes, the wait is over, and it wasn’t even a very long close season this time around. But I think a combination of cold weather, long nights and what other sports have to offer can make it seem interminable. Wolves v Rhinos was a great start even if it was just recognition that at least one of the usual suspects will be there once again at the end of the season.

    What a fantastic product this game is!

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