Rugby League Today: Wigan squash Hastings speculation, Barlow deserves second chance & latest on Valencia

Drew Darbyshire

A wrap up of the latest news in the rugby league world.

What’s on site

Betfred have released their odds for who they think will be Super League top try scorer in 2020. We have taken an in depth look in to the top six

Great Britain and St Helens prop Luke Thompson is our fifth guest on the rugby league diet, in partnership with Heaven ‘N’ Health. He talks having up to five meals a day.

How well do you know Mahe Fonua? Test out your knowledge on Hull FC’s new recruit with our quiz.

Leeds have revealed all of their squad numbers for the 2020 campaign. New signing Luke Gale will wear the number seven jersey.

Deputy editor Drew Darbyshire has penned his latest column. He explains why England need to stop being ignorant to the northern hemisphere.

What’s in the papers

The Sun put out a huge story on Sunday morning, suggesting Jackson Hastings could be having second thoughts over his move to Wigan.

But the Wigan club quickly responded to The Sun’s report with a statement. The Warriors expect to welcome Jackson Hastings to the club later this month, report Wigan Today.

There is a brilliant interview with Stanley Gene on Hull Live. He talks life after rugby league, his current job and hopes for Hull KR.

Arrival of Matt Prior at Leeds tipped to be success by former Cronulla Sharks team-mate Ava Seumanufagai, report Yorkshire Evening Post.

Returning Sam Barlow deserves the chance to resurrect his rugby league career, according to Bradford coach John Kear, report the Mirror.

What’s on social

The word from the horse’s mouth…

What length ban would this be in today’s game?

Our partners Heaven ‘N’ Health are offering 10% discount throughout December.

What’s on TV/Radio

The latest Love Rugby League Lunch Hour was recorded on Thursday.

RUGBY LEAGUE LUNCH HOUR 05.12Drew and Josh talk Super League, Championship and much more. Join in the debate, comment below.

Posted by Love Rugby League on Thursday, December 5, 2019

Podcast: The Final Hooter International #2 – full-time report and analysis by Love Rugby League.

Episode 44: Love Rugby League Weekly, hosted by deputy editor Drew Darbyshire.

The latest Forty20 Rugby League podcast is available to download now.


Wakefield’s new signing Jay Pitts turns 30 today.

Also celebrating; ex-Wigan hooker Mark Riddell (39), Papua New Guinea international Enock Maki (30) and Featherstone chief executive Davide Longo (44).


In Super League’s 24-year existence, only four clubs have won the Grand Final – Wigan, St Helens, Leeds and Bradford.