Saturday 7 December
Ian Lenagan says he would welcome the return of the Exiles concept to face England in a mid-season international as the quality of overseas players in Super League are now higher than ever. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “It would be a good way to give competition to the England side,” he said. “The NRL is respecting Super League a lot more and you can see that by the influx of quality players. You could put together a great side to face England and that’s what we want in the build-up to the World Cup.”
Latrell Mitchell admits he was shocked when Sydney Rooster sensationally pulled out of negotiations to extend his contract, despite him informing the club of his intention to test his value on the open market, and insists his priority is just about sorting his long term future. The NSW and Kangaroos star told Fox Sports: “I just want to see what else is out there. I’m entitled to. “I don’t need to make a decision. I just want to talk to these fellas and see what they’re offering and see what is out there – that’s all I wanted to do.”
Kruise Leeming says he is aiming to win all major trophies and play for England after signing for Leeds from Huddersfield. “I want to finish my career and say I’ve done everything. The World Cup is a tough one, you’ve maybe only got two or three cracks at it and everything has to fall right. But if I won the three trophies and played for England, I’d think I’ve had a good career. I think that’s possible, definitely at a club like Leeds. It’s up to me now and I know that,” he told totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw.
Sunday 8 December
League Express is reporting that Toronto Wolfpack are in talks to bring back Canadian born Quinn Ngawati ahead of their first season in Super League. The 20 year old was a member of the Wolfpack’s inaugural squad. “He left the club at the end of 2018, but it’s believed that plans are in place to bring back the Victoria-born talent ahead of their Super League return,” writes Express reporter Matt Shaw.
After experiencing the system during his time at Wigan, Wests Tigers boss Michael Maguire believes it would be beneficial to set up a loan system with Super League for young NRL talents and across NRL clubs. “I just see the value of kids, be it from here, being loaned to Super League clubs for a period of time. It helps those teams, even if you send them there for two months,” Maguire told League Weekly writer Steve Mascord in a recent interview.