What’s on site
Widnes are the latest club to suffer financial strife – and could face administration unless investment is found fast. The club issued a statement last night about their current position after it was revealed they wouldn’t be able to pay wages on time.
Warrington have taken advantage of the salary cap loophole relating to cross-code players from rugby union to make the eye-catching capture of former England international Luther Burrell from Northampton Saints, at the end of the 15-man code’s season.
Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed another on the road fixture, this time against Batley, which will be played as part of a double-header at Hull KR.
Winger Josh Charnley says competition for places is driving Warrington’s charge to finally end their Super League title drought.
He’s quickly turning in to one of Super League’s favourite sons, but how well do you know Salford’s Jackson Hastings?
This week’s Have Your Say feature asks should the World Club Challenge continue?
What’s on social
There was plenty of discussion on Widnes on social media last night.
This was old hat by July 2018, the fans were informed that the club were looking at shortfall of £250k on what they'd budgeted for in gate receipts -some of us inc @jdgsport, @iancheveau did our best to get this msg out. They also owed hundreds of thousands to Halton council 1/2 https://t.co/Kazktcsfzu
— philkinsella (@philkinsella) February 19, 2019
Coach Kieron Purtill issued a rallying cry.
@WidnesRL fans stick with us your support this season has been sensational . The players/ staff / club need your support now more than ever. Theirs lots of good people at the club doing everything they can. Help in any way is appreciated ?
— Kieron Purtill (@Kbones_p) February 19, 2019
A complaint to the Times following a rather disappointing headline previewing the World Club Challenge, got a typically dismissive response.
I complained to The Times following this headline, you maybe interested in the response I got. pic.twitter.com/poeQ1vpbQk
— David Muhl (@Rhinoman12345) February 19, 2019
File this under “reasons why we love rugby league”
— Catalan Media (@catalanmedia) February 19, 2019
What’s in the papers
The Yorkshire Post updates on Leeds hooker Matt Parcell, who was pictured in hospital on Tuesday.
Huddersfield have received a boost ahead of Friday’s visit of Warrington, with the return of forward Ukuma Ta’ai following visa issues, reports the Huddersfield Examiner.
Former Great Britain prop and ex-Super League coach Karl Harrison, who played for Bramley, Featherstone, Hull and Halifax, turns 55 today.
Also celebrating today: Ex-Wakefield and Catalans centre Daryl Millard (34); recently retired prop Luke Burgess (32); Australia and Queensland half-back Daly Cherry-Evans (30); Scotland international twins Adam and Jonathan Walker (28).
What’s on TV/Radio
The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to .
The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to , presented by Dave Woods.
The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to .
The Full Eighty Minutes podcast by Proper Sport is available to download now.
The Forty20 Rugby League podcast is available to download now.
Luther Burrell is the third player Warrington have signed from rugby union in the past three years – following Josh Charnley and Taylor Prell.