The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Monday 28 October
Sonny Bill Williams is weighing up the richest contract in the history of either rugby code, according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Sam Phillips. Toronto have previously stated their interest in the Kiwi and Phillips reports that the Wolfpack have made a $9m offer to land him for next season.
Reports in France claim Catalans’ negotiations with L’Equipe to broadcast matches in 2020 have broken down. The Dragons’ relationship with BeIn Sport has now ended, but the club appeared on course to plug the gap. However, L’Independant’s Bruno Onteniente claims talks with L’Equipe have stalled.
Jackson Hastings admits he is frustrated by by claims he shouldn’t have been picked for Great Britain. He told Sun Sport: “If it wasn’t for England I would not be anything. Moving to England has changed the way I have looked at rugby league and life in general. I do not really care about what anyone says. I know how proud I and and what it means to me.”
Hastings’ Lions team-mate Josh Jones insists the team didn’t underestimate Tonga in the wake of their 14-6 defeat. The Lions opened their tour with the defeat in Hamilton and Jones told the Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “We didn’t underestimate them, it was just our execution. We chased the edges too early, silly errors, penalties and they got two tries from kicks. It just wasn’t our day.”
But winger Ryan Hall has warned that the players can’t afford to dwell on their disappointment. He told the Daily Mirror’s Julie Stott: “I have experienced opening wins and defeats and it’s important that we get our mentality right. It is human nature that if you get a disappointment then you are obviously going to get some negative emotions.”