The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Monday 18 November
The SunSport’s Gary Carter is reporting that Wayne Bennett is set to stay on as coach of England and Great Britain despite a disastrous recent tour. Carter writes: “SunSport understands RFL power-brokers believe getting rid may cause too much chaos ahead of the 2021 World Cup campaign, which England are going all out to win on home soil.”
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson insists the club need to move on from the idea of keeping star centre Latrell Mitchell. The Origin and Test outside back had his contract offer pulled by the tricolours, with the club now resigned to losing one of the games biggest stars. He told The Sydney Morning Herald’s Matt Encarnacion: ‘‘He wants to explore his opportunities. A lot’s been written and we’re happy for him to do that. It’s just, we can’t sit and wait for that to happen. We’ve got to move on as well.’’
Jermaine McGillvary has apologised to British fans after a winless tour for the Lions. The Huddersfield winger has also backed under fire coach Wayne Bennett to keep his job with the national side. He told The Mirror’s Julie Stott: “All I can say is sorry and it is not good enough. We caused our own downfall.I completely disagree with people who say Wayne shouldn’t stay on. He has been fantastic for me and the rest of the group.”
Andrew Johns believes that every game Sonny Bill Williams plays in in Super League will be played in front of a packed house. The eighth immortal has backed the code switching New Zealander to have a huge impact on the UK competition. He told NRL.com: “He’ll be sensational for the game over in Canada and I guarantee every time he plays in England it’ll be sold out.
Danny Houghton is relishing the challenge of having people come after his spot in the Hull FC first team after the recruitment of Jordan Johnstone and Joe Cator. “They’re great kids and keen as mustard to have a good crack and put the best foot forward. “That’s going to be good for the squad and good for myself and everyone around the place,” he said to Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson.