Rugby League Today: World Cup sales off to a flier, injury updates & same old issues

What’s on site

In this week’s Editor’s Column, we look at the expansion attempts over the past decade, where eight new teams have entered the professional structure – yet the total number of teams has only grown by one.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith has provided an injury update, including the news winger Ethan Ryan is out for the season with a hand injury.

Wakefield will play Leeds twice in four days after their recently postponed Super League clash was re-arranged for Sunday November 1.

Toronto’s future could be decided this week – as Super League executives debate whether they should be allowed to remain in the competition in 2021.

This week’s look at the papers include Liam Sutcliffe, St Helens and Ethan Havard.

What’s on social

After overcoming some initial technical problems, the World Cup 2021 team reported a phenomenal first day of priority ticket sales for next year’s tournament.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you’re a rugby league fan, you must follow historian Tony Collins on Twitter, providing fascinating insight and all-important context to the game’s struggles both today and in the past.

Super League is great of course, but don’t half miss Championship and League One rugby.

These are good guys for any players.

What’s in the papers

Toronto must provide proof of their business plan for the future, according to a report in The Sun. One unnamed Super League cheif claimed: “Trans-atlantic sports don’t work. If the NFL can’t do it, how the hell can we? We hadn’t invested time and energy into preparing the North American market. It takes a five to 10-year strategic plan to achieve it. Not just some bloke who claims to be a millionaire, so let’s do it.”

Michael Lawrence is backing Luke Robinson to succeed Simon Woolford as Huddersfield coach following a successful start to his interim charge last week, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Birthdays

St Helens legend Paul Sculthorpe turns 43 today (September 22).

Also celebrating: Huddersfield centre Joe Wardle (29); New Zealand international Kenny Bromwich (29); recent Barrow re-signing Dan Toal (31).

What’s on TV/radio

Nothing.

Trivia

Five players with a surname beginning with Q have played in Super League – Luke Quigley (Catalans), Adam Quinlan (St Helens, Hull KR), Damien Quinn (Crusaders), Leon Quinnell (Wigan) and Florian Quintilla (Catalans).

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