Huddersfield Giants former England International Luke Robinson has been granted a 12 month testimonial by the RFL in recognition of his outstanding service to the game.
The 31-year - announced his retirement on health grounds earlier in the week and was delighted to inform the Rugby League world via Sky Spots.
“To have a testimonial is simply wonderful news for me and my family” he said
“I chatted to Richard (Thewlis Giants managing director) about this and he urged me to apply with the clubs blessing and full support.
“I was delighted to get the green light from them and am now in the process of setting up my formal committee.
“It has really been a whirlwind week for me and its going to take me a short period to get everything set up and ready to go but the club have already agreed that they will play a game at the start of next year as part of my testimonial fund.
“All I have to do now is find someone to play against us !
“I’m really getting my head now around all the work I need to do for the testimonial and in many ways that may help occupy my thinking time and take my mind off not playing and training as I am fairly certain now that I’ll be immobile for a short period after my operation which I hope to be within the next few weeks.
“I will be looking for support from all my previous clubs and already the RFL have donated me items which I can raffle or auction at functions etc.
“But as I say my first job is to get the committee set up and running and then publicise my events.”
Wakefield Wildcats have been fined £20,000 for racial chanting by their fans.
The Super League club were found guilty by an independent tribunal of breaches of Rugby Football League operational rules following crowd misconduct during the Super 8s play-off match against Bradford at Belle Vue last August.
Half of the fine has been suspended until the end of the 2016 season but the tribunal also ordered the club to pay a £1,000 fine which was suspended following a previous incident of misconduct when two smoke canisters were thrown from the away end during their fixture at Castleford on the opening weekend of last season.
The tribunal gave credit to Wakefield for the steps taken after the match to address the issue but felt the sanction should reflect the serious nature of the incidents.
St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham says he sensed complacency among his players before their 44-10 defeat by Salford in round two of the First Utility Super League.
Twelve months on from gaining a resounding 52-6 win at the AJ Bell Stadium, Cunningham’s men conceded eight tries as they crashed to a first defeat by the Red Devils for almost 16 years.
“It was a horrible start to the game, completely and utterly a mentality thing,” Cunningham said.
“We just didn’t approach the game with the right mindset.”