St Helens sign up crop of talented youngsters, fans backing Rugby League World Cup

Saints have handed contracts to five rising talents.

St Helens are one of the leading lights in Super League when it comes to recruiting and then preparing youngsters for first team Rugby League.

Skipper James Roby, Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd, James Graham, Luke Thompson and, Jon Bennison, and even new boss Paul Wellens are just a sprinkling of players who have come through the junior system - and one of the reasons why the club can boast of winning four Grand Finals in succession.

But the conveyor belt of talent continues to roll off the assembly line at the Totally Wicked Stadium and this week the defending champions revealed five names who they hope can cement their future at the club.

Injury jinxed Matty Foster, Taylor Pemberton and Jumah Sambou have extended their existing contracts, while Ben Lane has signed his first two-year contract and McKenzie Buckley has put pen to paper on an initial 12-month deal.

⭕ Saints’ fans have been giving the Rugby League World Cup their full backing - and it is hardly surprising in the circumstances.

Tongan boss Kristian Woolf has spent the last three years in charge at the Totally Wicked Stadium where the Pacific islanders have won their opening two fixtures against Papua New Guinea and Wales, attracting a combined total of 17,361 spectators.

It must also have been a bitter- sweet night for Woolf on Monday when the Welsh rolled into town - probably one of his last official visits to a ground which now holds so many magic memories for him and his family.

It can only be bettered if Tonga wins the World Cup!

⭕ The 2023 Magic Weekend is still eight months away but tickets are already on sale for the Newcastle extravaganza on June 3-4 and customers booking by Sunday, November 6, can save 50% of all purchases.

Day tickets include three matches, while a full weekend offers six games from just under £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and £10 for juniors.

Tickets can also be purchased from the Betfred Super League website where supporters can find details of which end of the stadium they will be allocated. .

On top of the six matches, fans will be invited to enjoy a unique pass-out system to explore the fan zone and the vibrant city of Newcastle.

Pass holders at Super League outfits should contact their clubs to claim a 50% discount.


  • June 3: Salford Red Devils v Hull KR, (1.30pm), Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons (2,45pm) and Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers (6pm).
  • June 4: Wakefield Trinity v Leigh Leopards (12.30pm), St Helens v Huddersfield Giants (2.45pm), Hull FC v Warrington Wolves (5pm).