RL Today: Bradford to receive central funding hit & George Williams’ 2022 form

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George Williams Warrington Wolves Bradford Credit: PA Images
George Williams Warrington Wolves Bradford Credit: PA Images

Bradford to receive central funding hit

Bradford will receive a lower-than-planned central distribution share from the Rugby Football League in 2023. (Examiner Live

Rugby League Live has reported that the club’s distribution will be lowered due to a previous six-figure loan. 

Batchelor on Hull KR move

Hull KR 2023 recruit James Batchelor has discussed the reasoning behind his move to Craven Park. (Hull Daily Mail)

The 24-year-old will make the switch from Wakefield on a two-year deal.

Saints injury update on trio

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf has provided an injury update on injured trio Mark Percival, Sione Mata’utia and Will Hopoate. (St Helens Star)

All three will miss the club’s final fixture in the regular season against Toulouse, with the semi-final in a fortnight’s time.

Leuluai aiming for one last glory 

Retiring Wigan captain Thomas Leuluai is looking to finish his career with another Super League Grand Final trophy. (Mirror)

The half-back will return from injury for Friday’s clash against Catalans before the side prepare for their home semi-final tie.

Williams the metre-eater

Warrington boss Daryl Powell has reflected on the form of star half-back George Williams. (Warrington Guardian)

Powell told Warrington Guardian: “They call him “The Metre-Eater” in the dressing room because he runs and makes massive metres.”

Lebanon star to make NRL debut

Lebanon international James Roumanos will make his NRL debut for Manly Sea Eagles when they face Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday night.

The 23-year-old made his international debut for Lebanon in 2019 and represented his Lebanese heritage at the Nines World Cup that year. He will be hoping to play for the Cedars at this year’s World Cup, which is hosted in England.

CEDARS: How Lebanon could line-up at the Rugby League World Cup

Birthdays

Former Australia, New South Wales and Leeds prop Keith Galloway turns 37 today (September 2).

Also celebrating; St Helens legend Roy Mathias (73), Cook Islands international Uiti Baker (30), Swinton half-back Lewis Charnock (28), Castleford half-back Danny Richardson (26) and Tonga international full-back Toluta’u Koula (20).

Trivia

Scotland and Toulouse winger Matty Russell needs just three tries to reach 100 for his career (Toulouse 13, Leigh 7, Toronto 38, Wigan 3, Scotland 5).

PODCASTMatty Russell opens up on overcoming gambling and alcohol demons & how Toulouse have reacted to Super League relegation

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