Toronto Wolfpack

Toronto Wolfpack invite NRL clubs to play in Canada

The Wolfpack, who won last year's League One competition in England and are leading the second-tier Championship league, have global ambitions and this week confirmed the signing of Darcy Lussick from Manly after he turned down approaches from rival NRL clubs.

Wolfpack director of rugby, Brian Noble, told that Toronto was keen to host an NRL club and said there would be strong local interest for a match between the Ontario-based franchise and a team from Australia or New Zealand.

Moimoi among players mysteriously dropped

The club has said that Moimoi, former Kangaroo David Taylor and former England international Ryan Bailey were no longer with the club.

Coach Paul Rowley told that the three had all left the club with mutual consent.

Rowley said for legal reasons, he couldn't provide any more detail.

The Wolfpack are currently in Portugal on a pre-season camp.

Moimoi, who build up a cult following while playing 201 games for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL, helped Toronto gain promotion last year after two seasons plying his trade with the Leigh Centurions.

Simona hits Super League roadblock

Former Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens, who handed Simona his NRL debut in 2011, has been making enquiries about his availability and is willing to hand him a career lifeline at Hull KR next season.

Toronto coach Paul Rowley, who is also willing to give Simona another chance after being banned by the NRL for betting against his own team, has hit out at the Rugby Football League rules that prohibit Simona from playing for the Wolfpack next year.

Toronto eye newly-liquidated Bradford Bulls' Championship place

The Rugby Football League caused a stir by offering the defunct Bulls the chance to stay in the second tier of the professional game under new ownership rather than starting at the bottom of the pyramid, as the Wolfpack are doing in League 1.

The Canadian newcomers are gearing up for the start of the season in March, using training facilities in West Yorkshire, but Rowley says they would be keen to start in the Championship if the opportunity arose.

"We weren't sounded out and nor were any of the Cumbrian clubs," Rowley told Press Association Sport.