Rugby League Today: Watkins waves goodbye, Cumbria stadium woe & Lebanon bans

James Gordon

What’s on site

As well as all the action on the pitch, there is plenty going on off it – with transfer rumours, rejected contracts and more, as reported in Paper Talk.

A mixed bag in this week’s good, bad and ugly – including Joe Westerman’s infamous knee.

Lebanon have suspended 17 players for misconduct, following recent protests surrounding their international against Fiji.

With a place at Wembley at stake, both 1895 Cup semi-finals will be streamed live on the OuRLeague app.

Oldham forward Liam Bent was in a car crash en route to their League 1 clash with West Wales at the weekend, and still put his hand up to play.

What’s on social

There is big disappointment surrounding the new stadium plans in Workington hitting the rocks following a local government change.

Featherstone’s loan rangers…

Anyone with an older brother will appreciate this…

The power of sport…

What’s in the papers

Kallum Watkins was denied a farewell at Leeds over the weekend, and he talks about his acrimonious and accelerated departure from the Rhinos in an exclusive in the Daily Star.

File this under – articles you never thought you’d read. James Graham will donate his brain to science upon his death to aid research in to concussion, reports the St Helens Star. Fair play.

Decent piece in The Guardian about Leeds’ relegation struggles, written prior to the much-needed victory over Catalans.


Dual-code international, World Club Challenge and back-to-back Harry Sunderland Trophy winner Alan Tait is 55 today.

Also celebrating: Ex-Widnes and Warrington back-rower Steve McCurrie (46); former Hull and New Zealand hooker Richard Swain (44); Leigh coach John Duffy (39); one-time adopted Londoner Luke Dorn (37); Wigan and England back-rower Liam Farrell (29); Wakefield centre Bill Tupou (29); France international Jason Baitieri (30).

What’s on TV/radio

7.10am – Super League Show – BBC Two


Alan Tait (1989, 1990) and Andy Farrell (1996, 1997) are the only two players to win the Harry Sunderland Trophy – given to the man of the match in the Super League Grand Final (previously the RFL Premiership) – in successive years.