17th September 2017, 18:45 | englandrl

SET OF SIX: This week in Rugby League

SET OF SIX: This week in Rugby League

James Graham's amazing generosity offer, England stars collect RLPA awards, Zak Hardaker wins big in the Castleford Tigers awards and more...

James Graham’s amazing generosity offer

At last week’s Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Awards, club chairman Ray Dib revealed an amazing offer of generosity from James Graham, who wanted to sacrifice a $100,000 bonus to help keep club favourite Josh Reynolds.

Graham broke down in tears as Dib announced: “Nobody knows this story, but James rings me up and says, ‘Josh is important to this club, I know in my contract next year with the new salary cap there’s a ratchet clause in there, and for those people who don’t know what a ‘ratchet clause’ is, you get a percentage of increase in your contract if the salary cap goes up at any stage.

“It was a significant amount for James, but he said, ‘I don’t want it, I want you to contribute that to Josh Reynolds’ contract next year if that helps.”

Ultimately, Reynolds went onto accept a four-year deal to move to Wests Tigers which would have been far above what Bulldogs could have offered, but the story will mean Graham will leave the club as a true icon when he joins the Dragons next year.

Read the full story on the Australian Daily Telegraph


England stars big winners in the RLPA Awards

Three of England’s NRL Stars were winners in the annual Rugby League Players Association after strong seasons in the NRL this year.

Canberra Raiders’ Josh Hodgson won the Rest of the World Representative Player of the Year whilst St George Illawara’s Gareth Widdop and South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Sam Burgess were named in the Players Champion Dream Team.

Widdop and Burgess were also two of the final seven nominees for the Players Champion award, which was won by Wests Tigers full-back James Tedesco.

Read more on the RLPA website


Broncos and Cowboys progress in NRL Play-offs

Wayne Bennett’s Brisbane Broncos side will face NRL regular season table-toppers Melbourne Storm for a place in the NRL Grand Final, after they defeated Penrith Panthers13-6 in Friday’s semi-final.

Corey Oates and Reagan Campbell-Gillard both scored for the Broncos, who will face Storm next Friday for a spot in the Grand Final on October 1.

North Queensland Cowboys meanwhile defeated Parramatta Eels 24-16 and they will take on Sydney Roosters in Saturday’s Preliminary Final.


Hull KR reveal Super League kit

Less than a week after confirming their return to Super League, Hull Kingston Rovers have released their new kit for the 2018 season with a dramatic paint-splash video.

The video goes hand-in-hand with the tag-line of the new kit – ‘paint the town red’, which has also seen the club spraying red templates on the pavements around Hull, to make sure everyone knows that they’re back in Super League.


Sam Tomkins appears on A Question of Sport

Wigan Warriors’ star full-back was on the panel of long-running BBC Sports Quiz A Question of Sport earlier this week.

However Tomkins’ Rugby League knowledge let him down in the Home & Away Round as he incorrectly answered: “Which Hull player won the Challenge Cup in both 2005 and 2015.” Danny Washbrook was his answer but it was in fact Kirk Yeaman!

Tomkins was on Matt Dawson’s team alongside former Olympic sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis but they were shaded out 20-22 by Phil Tufnell’s side.

You can watch the episode on the BBC iPlayer.


Hardaker big winner in Castleford Awards

We’re getting into full-swing in the Rugby League awards season and Zak Hardaker was the big winner at Castleford, scooping both the Player of the Year and Players’ Play of the Year awards.

Grant Millington was second in the Player of the Year, with Luke Gale and Paul McShane joint third, at the awards ceremony held at the Elland Road exhibition centre.

Greg Minikin was voted as Young Player of the Year, Ben Roberts was Fans’ Player of the Year and Jake Webster was Directors’ Player of the Year.

Read more on the Castleford Tigers website