The Weekend Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Sunday 3 November
Simon Grix has revealed his brother Scott’s decision to walk away from a full time coaching role at Huddersfield Giants to continue playing with Halifax next year has cost him a lot of money but highlights his commitment to his hometown club. Grix told Halifax Courier: “I think if you looked at it solely from a financial perspective, you’d probably question his sanity because it’s cost him a significant amount of money. I’m really happy he’ll be here next year and his decision certainly demonstrates his commitment to us.”
Josh Hodgson believes there are plenty of positives to take out of Great Britain’s narrow 12-8 defeat to New Zealand. The Lions were edged out for the second week running but the Canberra hooker thinks there are signs of improvement from his side: He said after the game: “I thought we were better this week than we were last week and we’ll be looking to be better again next week.”
The Mirror’s Julie Stott is reporting that Great Britain will not fly out an emergency replacement for Ryan Hall following a potential tour ending knee injury. The Roosters winger dislocated his knee in the Lions narrow loss to New Zealand but it is believed that coach Wayne Bennett is set to rotate his existing squad members for the remaining two games of the trip.
League Express is reporting that Brett Ferres is set to join Featherstone Rovers in the Championship for 2020. Speculation linking the veteran forward with a move away from Leeds has been on and off for months, with Express writer Aaron Bower revealing he is likely on his way to Fev. Bower writes: “The former England international has been in talks with James Webster’s side about a move to the LD Nutrition Stadium, with a move being a strong possibility.”
League Weekly’s Dave Parker reports that Leeds are keen on signing Huddersfield hooker Kruise Leeming. Parker writes: “The 24-year-old is contracted for 2020, however, and I am sure the Giants would be looking for a fee to let him go.”