Both Justin Holbrook and Adrian Lam have hit out in the media as they approach the first St Helens vs Wigan derby in the Super League era not to be televised. For the first time in over two decades, one of the competition’s most mouthwatering clashes is now being shown with Sky Sports opting to screen the bottom-of-the-table encounter between Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR – Love Rugby League

Brad Fittler admitted to being stunned by the player James Tedesco has become after the full-back clinched the 2019 State of Origin series for New South Wales with a last-gasp try at ANZ Stadium. “You’ve got to say at the moment [he’s the best in the game], but he’s got a long way to go. I could never see the player he is today. I just never saw it. He’s proved a lot of people wrong,” the Blues’ head coach told the media. The Sydney Roosters star was awarded the Wally Lewis Medal for the best player of the series – Sydney Morning Herald

The Rugby Football League has, for the first time, made public each club’s overseas and non-federation trained players after striking an agreement with all of the clubs in the three professional divisions – The RFL

Salford Red Devils have signed Josh Johnson from Betfred Championship side Barrow. The former Hull KR front-rower started his career in the Salford scholarship setup before moving onto Huddersfield. 2018 saw the 24-year-old represent both York City Knights (dual-registration) and Leigh (loan) before sealing a move to Cumbria for this season. The forward had a Super League release clause in his Raiders contract – About Manchester

Hull FC will be without Albert Kelly and Andre Savelio for Thursday’s match against London while Gareth Ellis could also miss out. Head coach Lee Radford confirmed that Kelly’s absence is nothing more than a precaution with an eye on the remainder of the season while Savelio needs further tests on a foot problem. Veteran Ellis has been included in the 19-man squad but has to complete the return-to-play protocol after an eye injury which needed forty stitches – Hull Daily Mail

Swinton Lions have extended the stay of young full-back Matty Ashton for the 2020 season. The 20-year-old has scored an impressive 16 tries in 18 appearances for the Betfred Championship club after joining from Rochdale Mayfield in the off-season – Total RL