Rugby League Today: Winners off to Wembley, Wigan finish recruitment & London sign half-back

James Gordon

What’s on site

A gripping weekend of rugby league action saw Warrington, St Helens, Sheffield and Widnes book trips to Wembley. Recap on Warrington’s win over Hull, St Helens’ overcoming Halifax and the 1895 Cup semi-finals.

Wigan have pulled off a coup with the signing of England forward George Burgess from South Sydney, with the club saying that completes their recruitment for 2020.

London have turned to the transfer market to cover for the loss of the injured Morgan Smith, signing Australian half-back Brock Lamb from Sydney Roosters on a short-term deal.

Leeds’ women brought a bit of joy to the Rhinos camp as they secured the Women’s Challenge Cup trophy, defeating Castleford at Bolton.

New interim chairman Simon Johnson said before the weekend he wanted to look at the positives of rugby league, and there were plenty over the past two days.

Incoming RFL president Tony Adams wants to set up a football v rugby league match, possibly at the DW Stadium, if he can get enough takers.

And the RFL are in no rush to confirm the situation regarding Ottawa, with no announcement expected until late August as to whether they are to take up a spot in League 1 next season.

What’s on social

It’s been a fair old year of ups and downs at Widnes.

RFL’s coverage has been on point all weekend.

Great story for Sheffield and Mark Aston.

RFL also responding to allegations of racism in a courteous and proactive manner.

Rugby league is a game for all, after all.

What’s in the papers

St Helens and Warrington, who extraordinarily are due to meet for the very first time in a major final next month, can start to cement a legacy with a Wembley win, according to The Guardian.

Simon Grix hailed his Halifax heroes in the Yorkshire Post, after their commendable performance in their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to St Helens.


Scott Dureau, the former Newcastle Knights and Catalans half-back who is currently battling cancer, turns 33 today.

Also celebrating: former Blackpool Panthers full-back Jonny Leather (30); Greece international Giorgos Tsiakos (23).


The only time Warrington and St Helens have met at Wembley before is when their town’s respective football teams played each other in the 1987 FA Vase final.