The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Monday 21 October
Jackson Hastings believes he can improve as a player under Wayne Bennett in the weeks ahead. The GB call-up is a huge admirer of Bennett and is honoured and excited to work under him. He told Wigan Today: “He’s the greatest coach of all time and to get a chance to sit back and watch the way he goes about it and obviously learn off him is going to be a huge honour. I’ll just pick his brain and listen really intently to become an even better player than I am already.”
Justin Holbrook says he leaves St Helens feeling content, but admits it’d have been “awful” to go out a loser. He told the club’s official website: “It’s a range of emotions but I’m so content after the Grand Final to know that, although it’s hard to go home, we’ve won the Super League trophy, it would have been an awful thing to do to go without it and to know we’ve brought it back to our town, club and team is very rewarding.”
Jason Baitieri hopes that his decision to withdraw from the French side will highlight the issues off the field that he says are contributing to a drop in standards. Baitieri has cited a lack of professionalism as a key frustration. He told L’Independant: “I cannot continue to play and sacrifice my body for a President and a Federation with whom I do not share the same dimension of values, respect, equality and above all honesty.”
Hull Daily Mail’s Jame O’Brien reports that a number of Hull KR players will miss the start of pre-season following off-season surgery. O’Brien writes: “Of those players that went under the knife, Mitch Garbutt (knee) and Ben Crooks (shoulder) will not join the bulk of the Rovers squad when pre-season training begins on November 4. Matt Parcell is continuing his shoulder rehabilitation in Australia, while Shaun Kenny-Dowall is due to arrive in mid-November.”
TotalRL.com’s Matt Shaw reports that Lama Tasi has signed a deal to return to Australia following his departure from Warrington. Tasi has penned a deal to return home, ending a six year stint in England across three Super League clubs. Shaw writes: “Lama Tasi has returned to Australia after signing for Mackay & District league side Sarina.”