The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Thursday 31 October
Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns has warned that more big name stars could follow Sam Burgess and Matt Gillett in being forced into early retirement due to the increased wrestle in the game. He said on his Freddy & the Eighth podcast: “The game isn’t getting more physical, but what it is, is that there’s wrestling all week. They’re just training so hard at the moment so you can imagine there will be a lot more early retirements.”
Hull KR supporters have been left perplexed by a supposed ‘leak’ of the club’s new 2020 home shirt. An image purporting to show the new kit, featuring prominent ‘Rufus the Robin’ branding, emerged online today and several publications have reported the story, including the Hull Daily Mail.
Wayne Bennett hopes that Jackson Hastings will make the Great Britain 7 jersey his own in the lead up to the 2021 World Cup. The reigning Man of Steel made his debut for the Lions in their 14-6 defeat to Tonga and Bennett wants to see the scrum half lead GB and England looking ahead to next year. He told Sun Sport’s Julie Stott: “We have got to find one (a half back) in the next 12 months or so before the World Cup so he has got an opportunity there and I just hope he grabs it.”
Bradford part-owner Mark Sawyer says the club won’t strip back its youth development programme, despite efforts to cut costs at the club. Sawyer told the Telegraph & Argus’s Simon Parker: “It could be that we take the cheaper route of putting that to one side and piling the money into the first team. But we need something under-pinning moving forward.”
Jay Pitts says being able to return to Wakefield is special to his family. Pitts has swapped the Broncos for Belle Vue and he admits the move is “massive” for him. He told the Wakefield Express’s Ben McKenna: “To have the opportunity to come back to where it all started is massive for me and my family. I am Wakefield born and bred so to come back is really special.”