Tuesday 10 December

It has been confirmed that three amateur teams have been invited to take part in this year 1895 Cup, according to Hull Daily Mail. The Mail understands that due to Championship sides Toulouse Olympique, London Broncos deciding not to participate, as well as there only being five League 1 clubs in the competition, “That means there will be room for three amateur teams to compete in the tournament with West Hull being the first cab off the rank alongside Thatto Heath Crusaders and Wath Brow Hornets.”

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Hull Daily Mail have confirmed that Hull FC skipper Danny Houghton is now racing time to be fit for the start of the 2020 season after undergoing surgery on a wrist problem. “The hooker has taken part in the first few weeks of pre-season but he has struggled with a wrist complaint which has required attention. As such, with the Super League season now less than two months away, the club have made the decision to send Houghton to a surgeon in order to fix the issue,” Mail reporter William Jackson reports.

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SunSport’s Gary Carter is reporting that Samoa are favourites to face England in a mid-season international in 2020, with a real chance that new Toronto signing Sonny Bill Williams could be lining up for them. Carter writes: “SunSport has been told the Samoans are in the box seat to face what should be Wayne Bennett’s side in Australia on June 20. And cross-code superstar Williams is more likely to line up for them rather than the Kiwis.”

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Manu Ma’u has explained how the trouble he got into in his younger days helped him turn his life around, after he overcame a stint in prison to reach the very top of rugby league. “We thought nothing of it and we ended up in jail. We laugh about it now but it wasn’t funny at the time. People say that when you join gangs and crews that’s what’s going to happen, you end up in jail, or hospital or worse dead. It’s just a phase of my life and I’ve grown up now and I have kids,” he told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson.

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Tom Gilmore admits that the high standards of training at his new club Halifax have taken him by surprise. The half back signed for ‘Fax from Widnes and has been extremely impressed from what he has seen so far. He told Halifax Courier: “We’re doing four sessions a week, which is only maybe one less than you’d do if you were full time, and the intensity and quality has been pretty much the same as I’ve been used to through my career.”