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Leeds and England star Luke Gale would be happy to play again in a public park

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LUKE Gale admits he and other rugby league players are so desperate to get back to work, they would happily do so in a public park.

The 13-a-side code’s shutdown shows no signs of ending soon, with a likely start date of August, although there are suggestions it could be brought forward to mid-July.

 Luke Gale admits he and other players who happily get back into action in a park

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Luke Gale admits he and other players who happily get back into action in a parkCredit: SWPIX.COM

Either way, just getting back on the pitch will be a blessed relief for England star Gale – who would be more than willing to play at Roundhay Park rather than Headingley.

And having no-one watching is just like training.

Leeds ace Gale said: “Us players will take anything at the minute. We’d take playing on a park!

“Crowd atmosphere can drive you or spur you on whether it’s for or against you but we’re not going to get that, so we’re going to have to make it ourselves.

“And we train with no fans every day, it’s part and parcel of it really.  We’ll play as and when it is allowed.

 Gale would happily do this in Roundhay Park

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Gale would happily do this in Roundhay ParkCredit: SWPIX.COM

“At the start you kind of enjoy it – you’re off and you’ve got all your family with you. Then slowly but surely you start to get bored.

“I’m probably at the stage now. I’m kind of over it now, I just want rugby to start and a bit of normality back really.”

As well as playing and training alongside his mates, Gale is missing another regular event – the extended family meals he has at his auntie’s house every Wednesday.

It may have spared him a bit of friendly advice as he gets it, whether he is playing brilliantly or not.

 Rugby league players have been out of action for three months

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Rugby league players have been out of action for three monthsCredit: Rex Features

But he hopes to be getting it soon, and it would not take him long to get back into the swing of things.

The 31-year-old added: “We’ve not done it n a while and not seeing my family has been the toughest thing.

“Life’s getting a bit more back to normal, the kids can now see their grandparents and they’ll definitely be going there once a week!

“My partner works as a teacher Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so I’ve been looking after them while she’s at work – it’s definitely harder than it looks!

 Gale admits the enjoyment of lockdown is wearing off

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Gale admits the enjoyment of lockdown is wearing offCredit: SWPIX.COM

“Now I’ve got them three days a week, it’s definitely a lot harder. I’ll be glad when they’re back at school and I’m at training.

“But you can train for a year and still not be match fit, that’s the easiest way to put it.

“You do three months of pre-season, you’re the fittest you’ve ever been, then you go into round one and you’re still not match fit.

“Personally, I could play after a week – the less training the better!”

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Ronda Rousey hints at WWE return with Becky Lynch feud after X-rated ‘bulls***’ rant over her Battlegrounds rating

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RONDA ROUSEY has dropped a huge hint she could return to WWE after launching an X-rated rant at old rival Becky Lynch.

The former UFC superstar is still under contract with Vince McMahon’s company but has not competed since WrestleMania 35 in April 2019.

WWE fans are getting excited over the prospect of a future match between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey

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WWE fans are getting excited over the prospect of a future match between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey

Rousey, 33, Lynch and Charlotte Flair made history that night by becoming the first females to ever compete in the main event of Mania.

It was Lynch who stole the show though, controversially pinning ‘Rowdy’ to become both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s champion.

Rousey has since stated her intention to start a family with her partner Travis Browne but was spotted training recently, sparking rumours of a potential return to the ring.

Meanwhile, Lynch is also currently out of action after announcing in April she and her fiance Seth Rollins were expecting their first child.

Despite their respective absences from TV, the war of words has always continued between the two women.

And Rousey has cranked it up again as she recently streamed WWE 2K Battlegrounds on her Facebook page.

The ‘Baddest Woman on the Planet’ took a shot at ‘The Man’ during the stream, and decided to not open her box while playing the game. 

And she was even less thrilled when she discovered Lynch’s rating on the game was 92, the same as her own.

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Rousey said: “They gave Becky the same as me? She knows that’s bull***t. You know that’s some bull***t.

“I’m gonna leave Becky Lynch’s box alone. I don’t want no ginger box, nobody does.

“Except for maybe Seth Rollins, but you know… that’s his thing.”

The furious row between the pair began in the build-up to WrestleMania as Lynch took a shot at her rival’s husband Browne.

He then fired back by calling Becky by her real name as he also slammed WWE.

Despite their mammoth clash in the triple threat match, the WWE Universe have still not got to see the duo go at it one-on-one.

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Man Utd should sack ‘soft’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and replace him with ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, says Agbonlahor

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MANCHESTER UNITED should replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mauricio Pochettino, claimed Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The former Aston Villa forward has also urged the Red Devils to sign a speedy centre-back and a new left-back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will face Luton Town in the cup on Tuesday

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will face Luton Town in the cup on Tuesday Credit: PA:Press Association

United suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season.

Andros Townsend broke the deadlock before Wilfried Zaha found the net twice in the second half.

The Reds have now lost three games on the bounce – against Sevilla, Aston Villa and Palace.



After this weekend’s match, Agbonlahor was asked whether Pochettino could do a better job than Solskjaer.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the 33-year-old immediately replied: “100 per cent.”

But former Spurs boss Pochettino has reiterated his desire to manage Real Madrid.

The three-cap England international insisted Solskjaer is too “soft” to be in charge.

Agbonlahor said: “If you could be a fly on the wall in the Manchester United changing room after this game, you can’t picture Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having a go at his players.

Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019

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Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019Credit: PA:Empics Sport

“You can’t picture it can you, if you did you’d probably be like, ‘Alright then Ole, go on let’s get out of here’.

“But Fergie, you know for a fact he would be hammering his players after that performance.

“Klopp, Pep, they’re not having it. That’s the problem with Manchester United.

“And like you’ve said there, Ole is too soft for me.

“You’ve said about a striker, yes you do need a striker. But today the problem for me was you need a centre-half with some sort of pace.

“If you’re playing Maguire and [Victor] Lindelof and you haven’t got a sitter in front of them, you’re going to get opened up every game.

“You can’t have McTominay as the one to protect Maguire and Lindelof.”

When asked what the Red Devils are missing, he said: “A left-back.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has highlighted where United need to improve

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Gabriel Agbonlahor has highlighted where United need to improve Credit: Rex Features

“I don’t think Luke Shaw is the answer for Manchester United.

“[They need] A centre-back with speed that can play alongside Harry Maguire.”

Ally McCoist also slated Solskjaer after the disastrous home defeat on Saturday.

He said: “Manchester United are just a side that look although they will finish fourth, fifth or sixth.

“Twenty points away from the champions, that’s what is going to happen.”

“I just though the team selection was bizarre, it was absolute bizarre.”

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Wolves vs Man City: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Premier League fixture

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WOLVES are looking to continue their excellent record against Manchester City as they make their home bow in this season’s Premier League.

Wanderers completed the double over Pep Guardiola’s men last season with Adama Traore scoring three in two games.

Nuno Espirito Santo will hope to continue his excellent record against Pep Guardiola

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Nuno Espirito Santo will hope to continue his excellent record against Pep GuardiolaCredit: AFP or Licensors

But they’ll be without Diogo Jota, who has joined Liverpool in a £45m deal.

What time does Wolves vs Man City kick off?

  • Wolves take on Man City on Monday, September 21.
  • The match kicks off at 8.15pm.
  • It will be played at Molineux.

What TV channel is Wolves vs Man City on and can I live stream it?

  • Wolves vs Man City is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
  • Coverage on both channels commences at 8pm, following the conclusion of Aston Villa vs Sheffield United.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass.

Team news

Sergio Aguero will miss this game for Man City and could be out for as long as two months.

Nathan Ake could make his City debut in their first game this season with Aymeric Laporte still out injured.

And Ferran Torres may also be thrust into a first start with Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva doubtful.

Jonny is the only long-term absence for Wolves which means new signing Fernando Marcal should keep his place at left wing-back.

Latest odds

Wolves 11/2

Draw 13/4

Man City 1/2

*Latest odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Sunday, September 20

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