Rugby League Today: Wane praises Walmsley, Wigan linked with duo & NRL star to retire

A wrap up of the latest news in rugby league.

What’s on site

Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara is hoping his side’s Coral Challenge Cup quarter-final against Salford will be played in Perpignan.

Leigh forward Nathan Mason has signed a new deal for 2021.

Keighley have signed full-back Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e from Newcastle Thunder on a two-year deal.

Batley have announced the signing of forward Keegan Hirst for the 2021 Championship campaign.

Widnes have announced that Calum O’Neill has signed a new one-year deal with the club.

What’s in the papers

Bevan French wanted by NRL clubs as Wigan are linked with duo, reports Wigan Today.

Shaun Wane hails Alex Walmsley form but says more to come from St Helens front-rower, reports the Mirror.

Sydney Roosters star Mitch Aubusson will officially retire at the end of the season, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Alex Walmsley gets vote of confidence from England boss Shaun Wane, reports St Helens Star.

Gareth Ellis column: Big point to prove emerging from isolation, reports The Yorkshire Post.

What’s on social

This hat-trick from Regan Grace is well worth another watch.

Highlights from Catalans’ 36-24 win over Wakefield in the Challenge Cup…

There were some stunning tries scored in the NRL at the weekend.

What’s on TV/Radio

NRL Tonight – Watch NRL (9am)

NRL 360 – Watch NRL (9:30am)

Podcast: The Final Hooter #9 – Two rounds of Super League, Hull, Salford and Andy Grundy.

Former Super League and NRL forward Keith Mason is this week’s guest on The Last Tackle. He talks about his switch to the NRL at 20 as well as his new rugby comic – Rugby Blood.

Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast is available to download now.

The latest Forty20 LIVE podcast is out now.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League Podcast is out now, hosted by Dave Woods.

Birthdays

Jamaica and Wakefield winger Ben Jones-Bishop turns 32 today.

Also celebrating; Hull FC forward Manu Ma’u (32), Manly Sea Eagles forward Joel Thompson (32) and French half-back Louis Jouffret (25).

Trivia

The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield will host one of the quarter-finals of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

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