Rugby League Today: Widnes admin worry, rugby union swoop & Parcell latest

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.

Coach Kieron Purtill issued a rallying cry.

A complaint to the Times following a rather disappointing headline previewing the World Club Challenge, got a typically dismissive response.

File this under “reasons why we love rugby league”

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.

Birthdays

Former Great Britain prop and ex-Super League coach Karl Harrison, who played for Bramley, Featherstone, Hull and Halifax, turns 55 today.

Karl Harrison

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

Super League Show – BBC Two – 1pm

The latest ‘Sport at Six’ podcast by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt is available to download now.

The latest 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download now, presented by Dave Woods.

The Final Hooter podcast by Love Rugby League’s Dave Parkinson and Adrian Jackson is now available to download.

The Full Eighty Minutes podcast by Proper Sport is available to download now.

The Forty20 Rugby League podcast is available to download now.

Trivia

Taylor Prell

Luther Burrell is the third player Warrington have signed from rugby union in the past three years – following Josh Charnley and Taylor Prell.