The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Wednesday 30 October
Ireland’s Oliver Roberts has described the Wolfhounds’ recent experience in Spain as shambolic. The visitors were triumphant over the developing nation as they continue to build for World Cup 2021, but Roberts told TotalRL.com’s Matt Shaw how the players experienced huge issues on and off the field, including unsafe playing conditions, poor accommodation and dangerous opposition tactics. He said: “The whole thing was just shambolic really.”
Bradford part-owner Mark Sawyer has labelled the staff offices at Odsal “embarrassing”, as he plots a return to the famous ground for the Bulls. Sawyer is eager for the club’s staff to work from there, but he told the Telegraph & Argus’s Simon Parker: “The state of the buildings is embarrassing and I’m unwilling to allow any of the staff off the pitch to work in them. They deserve a bit more.”
Toronto chairman Bob Hunter has confirmed reports the club is interested in signing Sonny Bill Williams. The Wolfpack have long been linked with a move for the dual-code Kiwi, and a record-breaking figure was circulated earlier this week. Hunter told the Press Association: “We are in discussions but nothing is finalised or confirmed.”
Ben Cockayne says he wouldn’t hesitate to come out of retirement for Hull KR in 2020. Cockayne has returned to the club as part of the Reserves coaching staff and told the Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “I have retired but if the reserve team coach said to me ‘Ben we need you this week, can you pull a shirt on?’ I’m probably not going to turn it down.”
Jermaine McGillvary says Great Britain must execute their game plan far better against New Zealand on Saturday, after coming unstuck against Tonga last weekend. The winger told the Yorkshire Post’s Peter Smith: “We go again, we have got a game plan for New Zealand and hopefully we can execute it better than we did against Tonga.”