Wednesday 11 December

League Express’ Matt Shaw is reporting that Bradford Bulls are in talk with a Super League club that will see them gain a number of players on loan for the 2020 campaign. Shaw writes: League Express understands the Bulls have had extensive talks with West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos with a view to taking several of their young players on loan at the start of next season.

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Steve Price has tipped Ben Currie to have a huge season in 2020 after getting a full pre-season under his belt. The second rower returned early in the year from a second ACL injury. “He’s missed 18 months overall with injury and it takes a lot of coming back from. He came back in extremely early – he didn’t give himself much of a break. With all that in mind, we are going to see a new Ben Currie next year,” he told Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner.

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Ryan James hopes that the upcoming Indigenous All Stars clash will urge the NRL to have discussions over the suitability of the Australian national anthem. The anthem has been a hot topic of debate, and James, a proud Indigenous man, hopes that changes may be considered. He told NRL.com’s Troy Whittaker: “We sat down and talked about it last year and it just doesn’t represent us or what we do. It’s a good time for the players and the NRL to make some decisions.”

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Despite a number of injuries to players in pre-season, Tony Smith is not concerned about their fitness heading into the 2020 season. The Robins boss expects the men being treated to be fit for round one. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “It’s just part of what happens. “Sometimes when you get into full contact – and we’re in that sort of phase – you pick up an injury and we’ve picked up a couple.”