Friday 17 January
Tom Johnstone says he was more prepared to deal with his ACL rehab this time around after completing his comeback from the issue against Hull KR in pre-season last weekend. He told Wakefield Express’ Ben McKenna: “It was pretty tough. I knew how to deal with it a lot more this time. And I did feel a lot better in myself dealing with it. Last time it was a bit of a slow start coming off the other ACL, it wasn’t until about May until I hit a bit of form.”
John Kear says that his side have done plenty of practice using the narrower dimensions of Dewsbury’s Tetley Stadium pitch compared to their previous home of Odsal. Kear has highlighted the importance of making the Rams home feel like theirs also. “But we’ve been practising to play an efficient game at Dewsbury. It’s 90 metres long, a short field and a narrow one with the fans right on top of you. It’s the exact opposite of Odsal, where it’s long and wide and the fans are a long way off,” he said to Telegraph & Argus’ Simon Parker.
Danny Kirmond has thrown his full backing behind the return of the reserve grade system, citing that set up as a key catalyst for him making the breakthrough to Super League. He said in an interview with Ben McKenna from Wakefield Express: “When I went to Huddersfield from Featherstone, I spent six months in the reserves team. And, if not, I would probably never have played Super League. I might have ended up back at Featherstone or another club in the Championship. It is really important for these kids who are coming to the end of academy to have an opportunity to play somewhere.”
St Helens and England Women’s star Jodie Cunnigham said that she could scarcely believe it after she experienced a day at Buckingham Palace yesterday to witness Prince Harry make the Rugby League World Cup draw for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competition next year. As a full time RLWC2021 ambassador, the fullback helped kids show off their rugby league skills outside the palace and she tweeted afterwards: “Not quite sure I can put today into words. Literally pinching myself.”