All the news from the NRL with Jenna Brooks
By Jenna Brooks | Twitter: @JennaBrooks_
Last Updated: 20/06/16 4:33pm
Jenna Brooks gives us an update on Robbie Farah's future, all the latest transfer news, plus news of a 10th straight win for Cronulla.
I spoke to Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington last week and he told me the Rhinos are in the market for a hooker and have made contact with a number of player managers in the NRL. While Hetherington admitted Farah was one player he would love to see at Headingley, he insisted the club had not approached the Wests Tigers hooker.
We understand St George Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein has been approached by Leeds. Rein, who is 26-year's old, has been with the Dragons since 2011 and has represented NSW Country.
Frank-Paul a Warrior?
Sky sources believe Wigan are in talks with Frank-Paul Nu'uausala. The Canberra prop had previously been linked with St Helens, but we have reason to believe the Warriors are on the verge of signing Nu'uausala.
Watch this space.
Year of the Shark
Cronulla continue their dominant form in the NRL. The Sharks beat last year's premiers North Queensland 13-10 to clinch a 10th win in a row.
Wakefield will be hoping David Fifita can bring some of Cronulla's form to the Wildcats. The Sharks prop joins Wakefield on a deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.
Desperate times for Manly
It's difficult to sum up Manly's problems in a paragraph. The Sea Eagles fell to a fifth straight defeat on Sunday. They lost 31-24 at home to the Panthers.
Their troubles are not just on the field. Manly's match-fixing allegations and sponsorship issues continue. Former Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey has admitted there could have been something 'off' in the team's performance during their round 24 loss to Parramatta last season. which is one of the two games believed to be in question.
Wayne Bennett has a busy week ahead of him. The England coach is making the most of the Broncos round 15 bye by spending a week in the UK. He'll catch three Super League games, as well as meet up with his assistant, Denis Betts and potential England hopefuls.
Bennett has also hit back at Eddie Jones. Early last week, the England rugby union coach was reported saying that the 13-man code wasn't a skillful game, describing it as a sport "where you've got to hurt people". Bennett responded saying union should be grateful that league has provided so many quality players. The likes of Israel Folau, Ben Te'o, Karmichael Hunt, Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri and Berrick Barnes. And they are just some of the players to switch codes from Brisbane.
Queen's birthday Clash
England team-mates James Graham and Gareth Widdop played each other in what was a controversial win for Graham's Bulldogs.
The bunker is in the headlines again this week after awarding Canterbury a controversial try when Tony Williams appeared to have passed the ball forward to himself before offloading to Will Hopoate to score a 62nd minute try.
Widdop wasn't the only one left questioning if the play was legal. Former referee Bill Harrigan was also shocked the try stood. He said: "I am sitting here absolutely flabbergasted by that one. That was an atrocious decision."
Jarryd Hayne was seen training with his former club, Parramatta's reserve grade squad last week. While the two-time Dally M medallist is preparing to chase his Olympic dream with Fiji's rugby sevens side, his future, post Rio, is still unclear. Reports coming out of Australia suggest, if the former NSW and Australian half-back does return to the NRL, the Eels are in the box seat.
Townsville Blackhawk fans were treated to some Matty Bowen magic. The former Cowboys and Wigan veteran scored his first Intrust Super Cup try last week. Playing in his second game for the Blackhawks, Bowen showed the Rugby League world he hasn't lost it.
Castleford have signed Greg Eden from Brisbane on a two-year contract from next season and the versatile back is looking forward to re-joining his hometown club.
"Coming back to the UK was a massive decision for me to make, but there's no better team for me to return home to than Castleford," he said.
Cooper coming home
Mike Cooper has re-signed with Warrington on a three-year deal. The St George Illawarra prop was contracted to the Dragons until the end of 2017, but has been released on compassionate grounds and will re-join his hometown club next season.