Wednesday 18 December

Adam Cuthbertson says that his enjoyment for coaching Leeds Rhinos Women is equal to that of playing and that he is more than happy to keep juggling both roles next season. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Peter Smith: “I really, really enjoy it, just as much as I do playing. I have really loved coaching the last couple of years and helping develop a group of girls at Leeds Rhinos to have the success they have had. It is something I’d definitely like to go forward with in the future at a high level.”

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York City Knights boss James Ford admitted the club had been watching Jimmy Keinhorst for a while and that he is delighted to bring the Hull KR man to the club. “We’d been speaking to Hull KR for a while about Jimmy. I think that that did have a big impact in being able to get him to come across. I am delighted to have Jimmy here. He has individual threat and he’s an intelligent person,” he said to The York Press’ Jacob Kilbride.

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Reports that Israel Folau may be set for a return to rugby league are gathering pace, with the latest speculation in Australia linking him with a move to the yet to be fully formed New York franchise. The report in The Daily Mail, but originally seen in The Daily Telegraph, reads: “It’s understood club officials are speaking with contacts in Australia to gauge their reactions to the idea before they formally approach Folau’s management. It’s understood New York will enter England’s third-tier League One competition in 2021 and could be in the top tier English Super League within two years.”

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Hull Daily Mail’s Angus Young is reporting that Hull KR are on the verge of coming to an agreement to buy their home ground and surrounding land from Hull City Council. Young writes: “A deal allowing Hull Kingston Rovers to buy Craven Park and land at the site is expected to be sealed in the New Year.Now senior cabinet councillors have given the go-ahead to start negotiations aimed at eventually handing ultimate control of the site to the rugby club.”