The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Tuesday 29 October
Neil Hudgell has labelled Andrew Chalmers “Rugby League’s number one delusional fantasist”. The Hull KR owner has criticised Chalmers’ conduct throughout his tenure as the ‘face’ of the Bulls ownership in 2018 and 2019. He told TotalRL.com’s Aaron Bower: “He is a coward, repeatedly failing to turn up to RFL Council to be held to account, instead preferring his cheap shots at me and others through the local paper.”
Joe Philbin says he’s ready to bring his no-nonsense approach to the Kiwis as he gears up to make his Great Britain debut. The explosive Warrington prop has been named on the bench for Wayne Bennett’s side and is intending to give it his all. He told the Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner: “I’m buzzing to be in the squad but I’m not here to make up the numbers. I’m here to play Test matches. I’ll run onto that ball at 100 miles an hour.”
TotalRL.com’s Matt Shaw reports that four separate clubs are keen to link up with Toronto on dual-reg next season. Shaw claims Bradford, Widnes, Newcastle and London Skolars are all “keen to partner”, and adds that “the club is now exploring the merits of a partnership with each club before making a final decision”.
Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson has revealed that former Wigan youngster Josh Ganson has taken up refereeing, following in his father Steve’s footsteps. Ganson was released by the Warriors this season to move to Widnes, but is now out of contract and may pursue a career with the whistle. “I’ll see what comes up, but I’m quite enjoying this at the minute so I’ll see how it goes.”
Jy Hitchcox is on his way to Toulouse after leaving Bradford, according to reports from The Telegraph & Argus’ Mike Crowther. Hitchcox’s departure from the Bulls was announced today and it looks as though the Australian back could be heading to France. Crowther writes: “It is understood the former Super League winger is joining Bulls’ Championship rivals Toulouse, who finished second last season.”