Weekend Wrap (Sun 20.10): Bulls at “critical” point, Leeds target Wigan star, more!

The Weekend Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.

Sunday 20 October

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The Telegraph & Argus’s Simon Parker reports that takeover talks at Bradford have reached “a critical stage”, and that delays concerning Companies House and current chief executive Andrew Chalmers are jeopardising a potential deal with the consortium led by Chris Brereton. Parker writes: “The longer negotiations drag on, the more fans will sense that an agreement will not be reached plunging the Bulls into further uncertainty.”

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Tom Davies has emerged as a surprise target for Leeds, according to League Weekly’s Dave Parker. The winger is under contract at Wigan until 2023, but Parker reports that the Rhinos are keen on prising him away. He writes: “Only time will tell on this one, but it does show that coaches trawl the squads along with getting a nudge or two from agents”.

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Wakefield are preparing a bid for Cronulla back rower or centre Kurt Capewell. That’s the belief of League Express’s Matt Shaw, who claims Trinity have already held talks with the 26-year-old. He writes: “Salary cap pressures have seen Cronulla concede defeat on keeping him.”

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Damien Cook has no doubt that Sam Burgess will play on in 2020. Burgess is struggling with a chronic shoulder problem and some fear he may be forced to retire, but Rabbitohs team-mate Cook told the Canberra Times: “Sam has given his whole body to the game and so much to the game so we have to make sure he looks after himself first. I have no doubt he will be playing next year.”

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Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson reports the 2020 Super League fixture will be revealed at the beginning of November. The season will once again consistent of 29 weekly rounds and a top-five play-off series and Jackson says supporters can expect to see the new calendar “week commencing Monday November 4”.

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Georgia Roche says England’s Women will be better for their experience of the World Cup 9s, despite a disappointing end to the campaign. England suffered a 33-4 loss to New Zealand to bow out in the group stages but learnt some valuable lessons. Roche told Pontefract and Castleford Express’ Peter Smith: “I think the girls dug deep for each other, there’s lots to take into training and hopefully we can come back bigger and stronger for the World Cup.”