The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Thursday 7 October
Alex Walmsley has urged fans to stick with the Great Britain side after two narrow defeats on tour so far. Walmsley came of the bench in close loses to Tonga and New Zealand, but is adamant the side are doing everything they can to get a result this weekend. He told The Guardian’s Aaron Bower: “We’re desperate to even the score with the Kiwis after last week and we know we’ve got the mettle to get it done. Stick with us.”
Kris Radlinski has explained Wigan’s decision to release Tom Davies to join Catalans Dragons. The winger is on the comeback trail from a serious leg injury, but will link up with the Dragons immediately to secure more game time. Radlinski told Wigan Today: “We are spoilt in this position with have Joe Burgess, Liam Marshall and with Dom Manfredi ready to return next year, we felt that it was the right thing to do to let Tom leave.”
Former Hull coach has tipped Manu Ma’u to make a big splash in Super League with the Black and Whites. The Tongan international will make the switch to the Northern Hemisphere from Parramatta and Sharp believes he’ll be a big success. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “He’s tough, he’s scary and he’s quite quick, he’s got a bit of football in him and he can pass and catch and he’ll bring plenty to the table, he’s a tough kid. He’s very quiet off the field, but very respectful.”
Barrie McDermott believes the 2020 season of Super League will bring a new level of intrigue and excitement. Toronto Wolfpack enter the top division for the first time and the ex-Leeds enforcer has tipped this factor to give the competition a different appeal compared to past seasons. He said on Sky Sports: “We are in unchartered territory now. We were promised something different, as the ‘New Beginnings’ tag of 2019 boldly stated, and it’s certainly here now.”