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Friday 25 October
The Netherlands Rugby League Board is bidding to host a Toronto match in 2020. The Wolfpack have already confirmed that several ‘home’ fixtures will be taken on the road during the early stages of next season. The Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in Rotterdam (11,000) and the NCRA Stadium in Amsterdam (6,000) are being considered. Netherlands Rugby League Competitions Manager Matt Rigby said: “We believe hosting a professional rugby league event in the Netherlands would be a huge lift in our development and are hopeful of receiving their approval.”
Marc Sneyd believes his side will benefit from a much needed rest after their season ended before the play offs. The Black and Whites missed out on the top five, resulting in the squad getting seven weeks off and the half back is ready to rip into pre-season after a long break. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James Smailes: “I think the way that we finished the year wasn’t brilliant so I think there was quite a few bodies that were very much ready for a rest.”
Wayne Bennett believes that his GB captain James Graham is up there with the best he’s coached as he prepares to earn his 50th international cap. Graham will captain the Lions for the first time tomorrow against Tonga and Bennett lauded the former Saints man’s impressive milestone. He told the Telegraph: “He’s right up there with the best of them, he’s very passionate. To play 50 Test matches for England and Great Britain is quite a remarkable achievement, very few have done it.”
New St Helens and current Tonga coach Kristian Woolf is confident the Tongan fans will still rally behind their side despite months of off-field disputes with the nation’s rugby league board. Woolf was re-instated as head coach of the national side following the suspension of the board and is urging the red army to get behind his invitational side for tomorrow’s clash with Great Britain. “All the messages that we’re getting is that people really want to get behind this team. That’s exactly what they should do,” Woolf said.