Rugby League Today: Williams to Canberra imminent, French revolution & NRL worries

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

What’s on site

Time for a French revolution? The latest editor’s column looks at the benefits of Toulouse taking the step up to Super League and suggests France hosts the 2025 World Cup.

Thursday and Friday mornings in the office are soon to get a whole lot better – the NRL kicks off this week, with games live on Sky Sports. Sydney Roosters are the favourites for the title.

Drew has his weekly look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the weekend’s action.

Lots of talking points in this week’s Paper Talk, including Shaun Wane’s possible return to rugby league.

They’re returning at the end of this season, but how much do you know about the Great Britain Lions?

What’s on social

Some great retro content appearing all over rugby league twitter these days…

What Tina Turner could do to rugby league now…

Presumably Canberra’s interest in George Williams isn’t based on this corker from Friday’s defeat against Huddersfield.

What’s in the papers

According to The Mole, Wigan half-back George Williams is set to move to NRL side Canberra Raiders, joining former team-mates John Bateman and Ryan Sutton.

After an off-season of turmoil, The Guardian says this season could be make or break for the NRL and potentially the sport.

Ben Barba is back in the headlines for the wrong reasons again, after being filmed abusing a TV journalist.

Birthdays

Steve Price (not that one) is 45 today. He played more than 300 games at prop for Canterbury and NZ Warriors, winning two NRL premierships, as well as earning 16 caps for the Kangaroos and playing 28 times for Queensland State of Origin.

Also celebrating today: ex-Toronto and Leigh coach Paul Rowley (44); Warrington-bound England international Gareth Widdop (30); Leeds captain Kallum Watkins (28); Toronto half-back Ryan Brierley (27).

What’s on TV/Radio

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

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

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

The Forty20 Rugby League podcast is available to download now.

The Total Rugby League Show is available to download now.

The Betfred League 1 podcast is available to listen now on the Our League channel.

Trivia

Of the 16 current NRL teams, only Canberra and Gold Coast haven’t reached Grand Final or won the Minor Premiership in the modern era.