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Friday 22 November
Jordan Abdull admits the pull of former Leeds veteran Danny McGuire and returning home played a big part in him re-joining Hull KR. The half back enjoyed a successful 2019 season with London and is glad to be back in East Yorkshire. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “It’s great that he, probably Super League’s most prestigious stand-off over the last decade, is still around the club, especially for me being a young lad.”
Kristian Woolf believes that St Helens World Club Challenge clash with Sydney Roosters is a huge opportunity to show off the quality of rugby league in the Northern Hemisphere following a poor Great Britain tour. “It is very important and our opportunity to show where we sit in terms of being a World Class team on the back of Great Britain not going as well as they wanted to,” he told St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley.
York chairman Jon Flatman has called for fans to get behind the club’s move to a new stadium. The City Knights will move to the new community ground from Bootham Crescent next year, with Flatman confident the move will benefit the club financially. He told York Press’ Jacob Kilbride: “I hope that people can embrace the new ground. It’s an exciting time and we’ve got to grow in order to survive.”
Ralph Rimmer spoke to SunSport’s Gary Carter to give his thoughts on Wayne Bennett’s position as coach of England.The RFL are conducting a review of the super coach to decide whether to extend his contract, which expires this year. “There’s certainly a chance of him getting a new deal. We shouldn’t forget what Wayne’s done until this point. We had a poor year, no-one can deny that and everyone hurts but until this point, we progressed really, really well,” Rimmer said.
Gary Robinson, the CEO of DCBL is confident his company’s new deal to become the sponsor of Widnes’ Halton Stadium will benefit the club, despite some concerns from the council. “We think the stadium sponsorship will help Halton Borough. We’re extremely proud to do it. “We do pride ourselves on ethical enforcement, and the TV show made us the UK face of the enforcement industry,” he told Liverpool Echo’s Christopher McKeon.
RFL boss Ralph Rimmer has dismissed calls for a public investigation into the new takeover of Bradford Bulls, claiming that it serves no purpose and would have no benefit. He told The Mirror’s Gareth Walker: “We’ve got an independent board – that’s what they’re there for. What’s point of having inquiry into an independent board?”
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