Saturday , October 23 2021

NRL 2019, rugby league, Super League: Darcy Lussick denied entry into the UK, the owner of the Toronto Wolfpack bids farewell



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The former owner of Parramatta and Manly, Darcy Lussick, remains in limbo of immigration after being prevented from entering the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the Australian owner of the Toronto Wolfpack has resigned after a racism scandal.

Get the latest news from the Northern Hemisphere in this issue of Exile Files.

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Get Onside: Round 13

Get Onside: Round 13

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BORDER CONTROL UNITED KINGDOM DENY LUSSICK

Darcy Lussick has returned to Australia pending authorization to enter the United Kingdom again.

Former striker Eels and Sea Eagles were barred from entering Britain for border control earlier this month when they returned to the training base of the Toronto Wolfpack after a break in Europe.

The Wolfpack had been off since May 24, but returned to the field on Sunday against Swinton – without Lussick.

Club officials described Lussick's ban in the United Kingdom as an "immigration technicality" and expected him to be available for the next games in Canada on June 15 and 22.

Lussick joined the club in April last season and is in a deal with the club.

Wolfpack players live in the UK near their training base in Manchester and stay in temporary accommodation when they have games in Toronto.

Former Cronulla center Ricky Leutele scored two attempts while the Wolfpack defeated Swinton 34-14, setting the season record to 15-1.

Darcy Lussick Facetimes with fellow Wolfpack Chase Stanley after he was denied entry to the UK.
Darcy Lussick Facetimes with fellow Wolfpack Chase Stanley after he was denied entry to the UK.Source: Instagram

TORONTO SACKS OWNER HIMSELF

Toronto Wolfpack owner David Argyle has stepped down as chairman and chief executive of the UK Championship Club over racist comments for a Swinton player.

Australian Argyle is the subject of a Rugby Football League inquiry into the comments he made to Swinton striker Joseph Kenga following the Lions game against Wolfpack in Toronto in April.

Born in Kinshasa, Kenga revealed on social networks that Argyle told him "do they allow black people in Swinton?" Before you laugh and deliver a drink signal.

Argyle, who has funded the Toronto club since joining the English game in 2017, apologized publicly when the news surfaced and on Saturday released an open letter in which he said he "resigned."

"I was incredibly careless with my words when I spoke to Swinton Lions player Jose Kenga after our game," said Argyle.

"I understand the unconscious racist connotations of what I said and the suffering caused to Joseph. Joseph was kind enough to call me today, apologized, and discussed the matter in depth.

"If any other member of our Wolfpack family had made that comment on the balance sheet, regardless of context and environment, I would have fired them.

"So this also applies to me, so I'm resigning as president and CEO."

Argyle said the club began looking for a new man to fill his roles and promised to fulfill all of his financial obligations. – PA

Tigers would like to receive Mannah

Tigers would like to receive Mannah

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WATKINS WEIGHING NRL MOVER

Former England midfielder Kallum Watkins has revealed he has options for the NRL after his release from Leeds.

Despite signing a four-year extension last year, the 28-year-old center will leave the club at the end of the season.

Watkins, who is captain of the troubled rhinos, played for England on 21 occasions.

"There are options everywhere," he said. Express League.

"There's also the NRL and a few Super League clubs besides the union, we'll see what happens in the coming weeks and hopefully the news will come soon, the best thing for me is not about money, it was never about money."

Kallum Watkins in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup final against Australia.
Kallum Watkins in action during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup final against Australia.Source: Getty Images

THOMPSON TO HULL FC?

Manly striker Joel Thompson is close to signing a contract with Hull FC next season, according to Daily mail of the helmet.

The backrower, who has become a favorite of NRL fans through his work in the community, is out of contract and has publicly said he is open to an overseas move.

The 30-year-old played 211 matches in Canberra, St George Illawarra and Sea Eagles.

Joel Thompson was associated with a change abroad.
Joel Thompson was associated with a change abroad.Source: Getty Images

BIRD TO REMOVE

Former Australian and NSW Origin star Greg Bird has announced he will retire at the end of the Super League season.

The 35-year-old, who currently plays for the Catalan team in his second spell in the Superliga, is sidelined after suffering a bicep break.

"I am happy and proud to say that ultimately my time as a player will reach a conclusion at the end of this season," said the former Cronulla and Gold Coast forward, who has won 17 caps for Australia from 2007 to 2015.

"I'm honored to have played the game I love for 18 years and would like to thank @cronullasharks, @gctitans and @dragonsofficiel for this chance."

Bird has the option to go into coaching with the Dragons, but he said whether or not he will at this stage.

Greg Bird is retiring at the end of the year. (Photo by Richard Sellers / PA Images via Getty Images)
Greg Bird is retiring at the end of the year. (Photo by Richard Sellers / PA Images via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

LAWTON SHOPPED TO CLUBS IN ENGLISH

Total Rugby League Karl Lawton reports are being considered by the Super League clubs after they have been alerted about his availability by his administration.

The 23-year-old is out of season contract with the Warriors.

Lawton made his NRL debut with the Gold Coast in 2016, before going through Tasman in 2018.

He made 23 appearances in first grade so far.

Karl Lawton is being bought in English clubs.
Karl Lawton is being bought in English clubs.Source: Getty Images

LOLOHEA PLACES FOR TONGA

He may be playing for Leeds in England, but that will not stop Tuimoala Lolohea making a quick trip to Auckland for Tonga's clash with New Zealand.

That would mean that Lolohea misses the Rhinos' next clash with St Helens.

"It's a bit difficult because we're still playing," Lolohea said.

"England is not involved in the international weekend.

"It's a long trip for a week, but it's a great game for us, to be honest, to play against New Zealand. I'm willing to play, playing international football is one of the highlights of the game."

Meanwhile, Konrad Hurrell says he will not make the flight back to the game.

"This is my first year here, I can not just get up and leave," said Hurrell BBC Radio Leeds.

"The passion and love I have for Tonga I would love to return, but they have a lot of talent at home.

"Maybe at the end of the year I'll do it then.

"They have a lot of talent, it's difficult to get in. I was not chosen when Tonga played in Australia."

Tuimoala Lolohea wants to play for Tonga against New Zealand.
Tuimoala Lolohea wants to play for Tonga against New Zealand.Source: Getty Images

SMITH TAKE SHEENS

Former England coach Tony Smith is back in the rugby championship after being named as the successor to Australian Tim Sheens at Hull KR.

Smith, 52, had been out of the game since leaving Warrington at the end of the 2017 campaign when he was the oldest coach in the Super League.

Smith, who trailed England from 2006-09, continued to live in Yorkshire and set up a consulting centered on a mentor role with the Premier League and League of League Directors.

Now he says he's ready to go back to his first love and will take over Rovers immediately after being named by the end of the season.

His first game was against Wigan at KCOM Craven Park on Sunday, a 19-18 loss.

"It's a great opportunity for me to go back and start training again," Smith said after his appointment.

"I've had a good break and I'm really excited about working with the talent available at Rovers.

"I'm looking forward to embarking on the players and understanding where they are and see where I can help them. It's been a whirlwind of days for me, but I'm very excited about the opportunity."

Smith takes second place on the Super League team and faces the real threat of relegation after only winning five of his 17 matches to date.

"With the talent available, there's a good chance of climbing the ladder to a place that's much bigger where we are at the moment," added Smith.

"I look forward to this journey and development of the players." – PA

Cronk: Burgess came out easy

Cronk: Burgess came out easy

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EX-TITAN RE-SIGNS

Former Newcastle, Gold Coast and Parramatta forward Zeb Taia signed again with St Helens in 2020.

The 34-year-old, who had also played for the Catalans in the Superliga, has lost only two of 17 league and cup matches in his current club so far this year.

Australian St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "It's great news for the club to have the Zeb sign.

"He is a big part of what we are developing, he is very professional and has a great influence on all the other players in the cast.

"He's playing the best rugby league of his career, in my opinion. It has been another of our best highlights this season and I'm sure it will continue next year. "

Taia said: "I'm happy to be part of this club for another year. It's good to make the deal."

Former NRL player Zeb Taia has signed again with St Helens. Photo: Steve Holland
Former NRL player Zeb Taia has signed again with St Helens. Photo: Steve HollandSource: News Corp Australia

BURGESS STICKS WITH WIGAN

Former Sydney Roosters and Sydney's southern end Joe Burgess have extended their stay at Wigan for another season.

The 24-year-old, who had a brief spell at Under Under in 2016, played all his Super League career with the Warriors and was thrilled to have signed a new contract.

"It's always an honor to sign again with a big club like Wigan," said Burgess.

"Not only that, but also my hometown and I look forward to staying for another year.

"Now that we're out of the Challenge Cup, that gives me a bigger reason to stay because I really want to win, especially with Wigan. It's an exciting time at the club with the new training facilities at Robin Park and I look forward to getting started now. I love to leave my family proud and everyone is happy for me. "

Former Rabbitohs player Joe Burgess signed again with Wigan. Image: Gregg Porteous
Former Rabbitohs player Joe Burgess signed again with Wigan. Image: Gregg PorteousSource: News Corp Australia

EX-NRL PLAYERS CONNECTED WITH SWITCHES

There are plenty of gaming gaming rumors going on in the Super League with a number of former NRL players among those who might be switching clubs.

Weekly League reports the Wigan center Dan Sarginson, who has played for the Gold Coast, is a target for Salford next season.

Another Warriors player on the move may be striker Taulima Tautai, who is allegedly in the sights of Castleford.

Anthony Gelling could also be in a new club next season, with Widnes allegedly battling backdrafts.

Wright heads for England

Remember Matthew Wright?

Former Cronulla, North Queensland and Manly utility has been playing for Central Queensland Capras in the Intrust Super Cup this season but has signed an immediate contract with Newcastle Thunder.

The former Samoan player will join the Thunder for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Thunder coach Simon Finnigan said: "Matthew will add strike and competition to our outer shores. He is an experienced player who will fit very well in our group. "

Former Sea Eagles player Matthew Wright is at Newcastle Thunder.
Former Sea Eagles player Matthew Wright is at Newcastle Thunder.Source: AAP

Super League Ladder after Round 17: St Helens 30, Warrington 26, Catalans 20, Casco FC 20, Castleford 18, Wakefield 16, Salford 14, Wigan 14, Huddersfield 14, Leeds 12, Helmet KR 10, London 10.

Board of Leaders of Steel Man after Round 17: Blake Austin 24 points, David Fifita 18, Liam Watts 17, Lachlan Coote 16.

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