Sunday 22 March
Ian Lenagan says there may be a possibility of Super League starting up again behind closed doors soon as the game looks for a solution to the current season suspension. He told Wigan Today: “I think it would be sensible to consider that. I think the NRL have a more difficult position because I think they have to have all of their games televised. We’re in a fortunate position in that we only need two out of six games televising. So there could be a possibility of a limited behind closed doors but that’s just my personal opinion.”
Steve Price has laid out the approach Warrington Wolves have taken to adapted training in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, with players now turning up in smaller groups to fit in with government guidance. “We’ll get through what we can do and that’s all I can ask of the boys. It’s important that they’re safe around their families and friends. We can’t de-train – we have to maintain our high levels of fitness. We’re focused on Wigan in a couple of weeks. Whether or not it gets played or whatever goes on outside of that is outside of our control,” he said to Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner.
Tom Briscoe has admitted his frustrations at seeing the Super League season suspended due to the coronavirus after spending seven months in rehab following a serious knee injury which has seen his comeback delayed. He told The Mirror’s Julie Stott: “I have had a long rehab and treatment period, and you think you’re getting to the end… then the goalposts get moved and we’re looking at the possibility of another few weeks. It is very frustrating.”
Michael Carter believes the Super League needs to consider scrapping relegation this year and potentially running a 13 team competition in 2021 due to the disruptions of the coronavirus to the current campaign. “We’ve got to consider the issue that someone might not go down this season, because I just don’t think it would be fair to relegate someone in a highly compromised and unusual situation like this one. Similarly, you have to honour the commitment the likes of Leigh and Toulouse in terms of trying to get promotion,” he said to The Guardian’s Aaron Bower.
League Weekly’s Dave ‘Nosey’ Parker is reporting that New Zealand Warriors are looking into the possibility of getting Warrington’s Ben Murdoch-Masila across to the NRL club early, with the forward already due to join the Auckland side in 2021. “With Super League suspended while the NRL carries on (at least for now), word from Down Under is that New Zealand Warriors have enquired about getting Ben Murdoch-Masila out of his Warrington contract early,” Parker writes.