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Wednesday 6 October
Totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw reports that Leeds coach Richard Agar is interested in signing Matt Prior from the NRL. The Rhinos are looking to add experience to their pack and Agar confirms they are keen on the Cronulla prop. Agar said: “We’d like to bring another experienced one in and Matt fits that bill. He’s an NRL winner and he’s played State of Origin.”
Shaun Johnson has backed fellow Kiwi Kieran Foran to overcome his latest injury setback and return to action next season. Foran suffered a dislocated shoulder in Saturday’s win against Great Britain, but Johnson is positive about his prospects. He told NRL.com: “I am really confident he is going to bounce back. He is in a really good place with his body and mentally [now].”
Tony Iro believes his Cook Islands side are ready to step up to the mark against USA to secure their place at the 2021 World Cup. The Kukis can qualify with victory over the Tomahawks next month. He told the St Helens Reporter: “We are looking forward to what will be a tight contest with two nations desperate to progress to the next World Cup. All of our players are excited about the challenge of playing in the US and hope we can make the match a great spectacle for all.”
Jake Connor is eager for Great Britain to finish their chances in Saturday’s second test against New Zealand, after seeing try-scoring opportunities go begging in defeat last weekend. He told the Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “Hopefully we can put a bit more spin on the ball this week, create more chances and finish them off this time.”
Albert Kelly says one of the keys to his recovery during the close-season has been “not doing much”. The Hull half endured an injury-disrupted campaign in 2019, but told the Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson he’s feeling rejuvenated and ready to go for next season. He said: “I didn’t really want to do much during the off-season, I just really wanted to rest so I could give all my injuries the time needed to heal going into pre-season.”