Friday 10 January
Jackson Hastings has spoken about the horrific scenes of the bush fires currently hitting his home country of Australia after his younger sister was caught up in the crisis. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “She got trapped in it for a bit and had to evacuate to the beach. She’s only 14 so it was pretty scary for a time. She had to wear a face mask and thankfully she made it home safely. It’s horrible, waking up and seeing the news every day. I know how close I was to being personally affected and hopefully it all ends soon.”
Tyla Hepi admits he intends to carry on with his no nonsense approach to the game and is looking forward to returning to Super League with Castleford this season. “I can’t wait. I’ve been working hard the last couple of years and I’ve been working really hard this off season as part of a strong team with a good coach. I intend to just run hard and tackle hard, get some quick play the balls and get the boys on the front foot,” he said to The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven.
Jacob Miller has recalled the remarkable story of how he was called on to deliver his own daughter in his front room after his partner Kayla went into labour a month before Christmas. He told The Daily Mirror’s Gareth Walker: “I was walking down the hallway with my coffee and Kayla said ‘Quick, it’s coming, it’s coming’. I put my coffee down, walked into the lounge and literally caught this baby – I wasn’t going to drop that one. Start to finish it was 30 seconds and all over, it was crazy.”
Despite both winning and losing a Super League Grand Final in his career so far with St Helens and Salford, Josh Jones says the Hull FC squad he has just joined is the most talented he has been a part of. He said in an interview with Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “In terms of man for man talent-wise, I’d probably say this team wins hands down. “Even when I was at Saints, we had a lot of injuries and a lot of young boys coming through and at Salford. But this hands down is probably the best squad.”