The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Tuesday 19 November
Masi Matongo admits that he has to train the house down this pre-season in order to force his way into the Hull side for round one amid a raft of quality signings. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “We’ve got a class team this year and a lot of big names coming in. “So I’ve got to work hard to try and push them out and make sure that I’m in that category with them.”
Phil Clarke believes England RU coach Eddie Jones should join the England RL coaching staff as an assistant to current Canberra boss Ricky Stuart, in place of Wayne Bennett. “There is no better supporter of rugby league in the north of England from down under than Ricky Stuart. And I also know that Eddie Jones loves his rugby league so he might come on board as an assistant,” he said on Sky Sports Racing’s Big Sports Breakfast.
Totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw is reporting that Leigh Centurions are in pursuit of former London prop Mark Ioane. Shaw writes: “TotalRL understands the 28-year-old Kiwi has been released by London Broncos and has emerged as a target of the Leythers. The Centurions are still finalising their squad for 2020 and still looking to replace Luke Douglas, who was a star player during a season-long loan from St Helens.”
Kristian Woolf says he doesn’t intend on restricting the open style of play employed by previous coach Justin Holbrook and believes his Tongan side are an example of him having a similar coaching approach. He told St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley: “Players will be given free rein to express themselves. I’m very aware of the history of the club and that the history is an attacking style of rugby league.