Thursday 26 March

Tony Smith has provided another heartwarming update on Mose Masoe after the front rower suffered a career ending spinal injury in pre-season. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “He can pull himself up now, not unassisted but using his own power. It’s almost like the parallel bars in the Olympics, he wheels himself into those, pulls himself up and walks forward and then walks backwards. It’s incredible, considering where he was and what the expectations were. It’s remarkable and uplifting, it really is.”

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Shane Richardson says it was entirely his decision to step down as General Manager of Football from South Sydney in order to ease financial pressures on the club. “When we were reviewing things with Blake (Solly) early in the week, it became very clear to me on Tuesday that I needed to step down. The cost of having me remain in the football department was one of our largest costs and as a Club we need to cut the cloth to suit the suit. I made the decision on my own, it’s my decision, and then I informed Blake, the Board and Russell (Crowe). No one pushed me into this decision,” he said on the club website.

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Reports in Australia state that Australian international and NSW star Tyson Frizell is set to league St George Illawarra Dragons to take up a lucrative deal with Newcastle Knights next year. NRL.com’s Dan Walsh reports: NRL.com understands Frizell has accepted Newcastle’s offer, believed to be near $2 million from 2021, despite the uncertainty around when the competition returns and each team’s salary cap. It is understood Frizell made the call on his future last week before the competition was suspended.”

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John Bateman has revealed that former St Helens coach Nathan Brown tried to sign him during his time at close rivals Wigan. He told Denan Kemp on The Locker Room podcast: “Nathan Brown tried to sign me when I was coming through as a kid. I remember him being at St Helens and his assistant was Sean Long at the time and I remember getting a phone call off Sean Long at the time and he was like ‘what do you think of the opportunity (of playing for Saints)?’ and I was at Wigan at the time. If you are from England, you know the big rivalry between Wigan and St Helens. I thought I can’t be the player who makes that decision so I didn’t go through with it.”