Tuesday 4 February

Reports have emerged that Hull KR chairman Neil Hugdell has sent a formal correspondence to Catalans with an intent to pursue legal action if his club suffer a loss of earnings on the back of the Dragons signing Israel Folau. The BBC obtained contents of Hudgell’s notice, which reads: “I reserve my position to take proceedings v Catalans Dragons. For example, if title sponsor withdraws, or external investment is not secured, or quantifiable reputational damage is caused to the brand of Super League and its members.”

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Israel Folau wouldn’t comment about the controversy surrounding his return to rugby league with Catalans Dragons, but instead spoke of his excitement to be back in the game in his first interview with Sky Sports as a Super League player. “It’s been 10 years since I last played league and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of a great organisation and a great team in Catalans. I’m looking forward to getting out there. I missed that team camaraderie and team environment. Being able to train with the team and work alongside the coaches, that’s something I’ve missed in the last seven months,” he said.

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Daryl Powell admits that Castleford will likely be without three injured players as a result of round one’s win over Toronto, as well as Peter Mata’uita who is suspended. “George Griffin failed his head test, so he is out. Tyla Hepi got a knock and Adam Milner did as well, so those two are unlikely to play. Alongside Peter Mata’utia getting suspended then it leaves us pretty light. We have got a really strong one to 13 but we will have some young boys on the bench,” he said to The Yorkshire Posts’ Ben McKenna.

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Danny Brough has revealed to The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven that he has not suffered a season ending ACL injury and could in fact be back in action in a couple of weeks after initially fearing the worst. “It’s not my ACL. It’s the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) that I’ve done but you can play on with that. I could even be back in a week or two but we’ll have to wait and see. It’s alright at the moment and we’ll take it from here but, at the time, I did feel like I’d done something,” he said.

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Luke Thompson has taken to Instagram to address St Helens supporters after it was announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season to move to the NRL in 2021 yesterday. “This has been the toughest decision I have ever made. All my life I have supported Saints and I have been a part of the club since I started at the under 11s.
The club has been like a family to me and I will be sad to leave at the end of the season but I am really excited about my future with the Bulldogs. There is still a lot to be done this year and my focus as always, is giving 100% with the team at St Helens and finishing the season on a high!” he said.

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Ryan Brierley admits that his debut for Hull KR, which his side won against Wakefield, was up there with the best moments of his career and he is immensely excited for the Hull derby. He said in his Hull Daily Mail column: “To come out for the warm-up in front of a packed East Stand, the noise, the butterflies, the tingles, it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my career and is up there with my favourite moments as a player. It’s obviously derby week and my first taste of the famous rivalry, which generates an atmosphere I don’t think you can prepare for.”