Rugby League Today: Wane on Hardaker, Sheffield expanding, lengthy bans

It’s Friday, which only means one thing, Super League is back!

What’s on site

Shaun Wane has said he admires Zak Hardaker and that Wigan will always be interested in players of his calibre on the back of rumours that the former Man of Steel could join the Warriors.

Sky Sports have confirmed the games they will show LIVE over the Easter weekend and round 10.

The third-round of the Labdrokes Challenge Cup gets underway this weekend so check out our preview and see who we have picked as the player to watch, coach to watch and team to watch.

Toronto’s Richard Whiting and Featherstone’s Richard Moore are facing lengthy bans after incidents last weekend.

Bradford Bulls have signed Hunslet star George Flanagan while Siddal ace Joe Martin has joined Oldham.

What’s in the papers

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has admitted he is an admirer of sacked Castleford full-back Zak Hardaker amid growing speculation he could join the Warriors, report The Mirror.

Brad Arthur has backed Jarryd Hayne to shine in the centres for Parramatta Eels, report The Guardian.

Dom Crosby has told the Daily Star that he is desperate to repay Warrington for helping him survive the tragic death of his daughter.

Shaun Wane admits Wigan would love to sign England star Zak Hardaker, report the Daily Star.

Drew Hutchison says he is ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Leigh’s sub-standard start to life back in the Championship, report Leigh Journal.

What’s on social

Did anyone else miss Super League Thursdays on the box last night?

Our latest expansionist blog is here and Sheffield’s Olympic legacy park is pointing to a bright future for the Eagles.

Australia star Billy Slater has talked about what life is like without Cooper Cronk at Melbourne Storm… It will be strange to see Cronk in a Roosters shirt this season!

What’s on TV/Radio

Live Betfred Super League: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors – 7.30pm, Sky Sports Arena

Betfred Super League: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors Highlights – 11.25pm, Sky Sports Arena

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

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