Shaun Wane first day back, Blake Austin arrives at Leeds & Bob Beswick makes Widnes return

Blake Austin
Blake Austin has arrived at Leeds

Blake Austin arrives at Leeds

Leeds’ new recruit Blake Austin has arrived at Headingley following his move from Super League rivals Warrington.

The 30-year-old, who has represented Great Britain, is set to partner Aidan Sezer and Luke Gale in the halves at Leeds next season. Austin has signed a one-year contract with the Rhinos.


Shaun Wane first day back

Shaun Wane said “it just felt very natural” after his first day back at Wigan in his new leadership role. (Wigan Today)

Wane told Wigan Today: “I have a lot of history with Wigan, and I have a lot of very good friends still here, so it made it a special day for me. To be involved with my home town club again just felt very natural.”

Bob Beswick makes Widnes return

Former Ireland captain Bob Beswick has returned to Widnes in the role of lead strength and conditioning coach. The 36-year-old announced his retirement last month after Newcastle Thunder opted to go full-time.

Promising duo sign St Helens deals

Super League champions St Helens have handed full-time deals to academy graduates Taylor Pemberton and Jumah Sambou.

Saints coach Kristian Woolf said: “They both work hard, are athletic and have a good skill set. They have trained with the first team a number of times last season and proved they can compete at this level. Saints academy is renowned for giving young players an opportunity in the first team and they certainly have the potential to be first graders in the future.”

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Castleford recruitment update

Castleford coach Lee Radford has all but confirmed that the club’s recruitment is done and dusted ahead of next season. (The Yorkshire Post)

Radford told The Yorkshire Post: “We are there. We are at (full salary) cap. I never say never but it’d have to be something really out of the box to happen.”


Former Great Britain international Andy Hay, who is now performance director at Rugby League Deutschland, turns 48 today (November 5).

Also celebrating; former England speedster Peter Fox (37), South Sydney Rabbitohs legend John Sutton (37), ex-Widnes and Leigh prop Alex Gerrard (30) and St Helens forward Morgan Knowles (25).


Bob Beswick sits second in Ireland’s all-time appearances record. He won 27 caps for the Wolfhounds, five behind Liam Finn who has the most.

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