The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Wednesday 20 November
Sean O’Loughlin has his sights set on playing in the Ashes series for England against Australia next year. The veteran Wigan captain has signed on for one more year with the Cherry and Whites and hopes to extend his international career by a similar length to face the Kangaroos. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “If I have a good year and they want me to be involved I’ll be more than happy to.”
Kristian Woolf admits he would like to bring some of his Tongan stars to St Helens after taking over as head coach of the Super League Champions. He told totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw: “I’d love to get a couple over if the opportunity arose for the club or for them. But the thing is as Tonga gets stronger and gets a bigger presence in the game in general, some of the players are the best in their positions in the world, and that makes them hard to get hold of.”
Garry Schofield branded Josh Hodgson ‘garbage’ following Great Britain’s disastrous tour down under. Returning to the Forty20 Live podcast after a few weeks of absence, the former Lion pulled no punches on his assessment of the Canberra hooker, but blamed coach Wayne Bennett for his poor performances. “Josh Hodgson is the second-best hooker in the world behind Cameron Smith. When he puts an international jumper on, he’s garbage. He doesn’t play anywhere near as well, and that’s how he’s told to play.”
Tony Smith has admitted he is still on the look out for one more half-back signing before the season starts. Although happy with his young pivots, the Australian will wait and see if anyone becomes available. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “If and when that happens we’ll certainly pursue it but at this point in time we’re training well and the young guys that are in those half-back positions are getting plenty of experience in training with the team and leading them around. They’re doing a good job.”
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