We are half way through a rugby-free 2 weeks, how is everyone coping? Is anyone else getting withdrawal symptoms? Well fear not, next Saturday (19th) we can enjoy England’s RLWC2013 warm up game against Italy at Salford, before the RLWC2013 kicks off with a bang in Cardiff on October 26th with England squaring up against their old foe’s, the Aussies.
Speaking of Salford… that brings up the first story of the week. Following hot on the heels of Wayne Godwin and Ryan McGoldrick, Jodie Broughton was the latest of the old guard to leave the Red Devils this week when he was unveiled by League Leader winners Huddersfield Giants. The Giants have secured Broughton on a 4-year deal and Broughton has promised that whilst he had impressed at Salford, Huddersfield fans would get to see the best of him next season.
Warrington dipped their toes into the Championship this week with the recruitment of Anthony England from Featherstone Rovers. The 26 year old forward has joined the Wolves on a 2 year deal. Tony Smith may be hoping that following the success of Chris Hill, who was signed from Championship team Leigh in 2011, England can prove to be a canny signing. In the two seasons since joining the Wolves Hill has won Challenge Cup medals and is in the England Squad for the World Cup. If Anthony England can replicate half of what Hill has achieved it will be another successful dip into the Championship market by the Wolves.
Hull FC announced two signings this week, firstly versatile utility man Richard Whiting signed a new two year deal with Hull, surely in recognition of his fine form he has displayed this season. The Black and Whites also revealed they had tempted Tom Biggs to switch codes and move to his home town club from Aviva Premiership team Bath. Biggs is a powerful winger who will slip into the space vacated by Tom Briscoe’s move to Leeds last week.
Not really a Super League “in and out”, but Sonny Bill Williams caused plenty of headlines this week when he declared himself available for New Zealand in the upcoming RLWC2013. This must have meant an awkward phone call from Stephen Kearney to Tohu Harris, who only 24hrs earlier had been included in the NZ squad. Harris played in the Melbourne Storm team that triumphed over Leeds in this season’s World Club Challenge and the 21 year old look at good prospect for the future.
Last week’s prediction that plenty of players will be looking to put themselves in the shop window at the upcoming RLWC2013 (less than two weeks to go now!) has been seconded by France and Wakefield Wildcats coach, Richard Agar and his Chairman at Wakefield, Michael Carter. During an interview this week Carter said “We’ve freed up a quota spot with Tim Smith leaving so hopefully we can fill that and there’s no better place to look for good players than a World Cup.” So with Wakefield confirming they are on the look-out for new recruits over the next few weeks during the World Cup, surely some other Super League coaches and Chairman are going to be seen popping up at games around the country.