Warrington Wolves have signed Gold Coast Titans prop Leilani Latu on a two-year deal.

The Tongan powerhouse arrives at the Halliwell Jones Stadium following two seasons with the Titans.

Warrington revealed Latu was in demand and head coach Steve Price believes the 26-year-old is yet to realise his potential.

"We are always looking for quality rugby players to bring to our club and we feel Leilani fits that," said Price.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and developing his game during his time at Warrington as we feel there is a lot more he can bring to the game."

Latu said: "I'm looking forward to getting into training with the boys and creating some combinations with them. It's an exciting brand of footy here and I couldn't turn down the opportunity.

"I chose Warrington because of the quality of players, and I have played with a couple of them back in the NRL, too; Ben Murdoch-Masila and Sitaleki Akauola at Penrith and we had some success there."

The Challenge Cup holders will face Wigan Warriors in the first match of the Super League season next Thursday.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith has confirmed the spinal injury Mose Masoe suffered in a pre-season friendly is "career-ending".

Samoa international Masoe, who previously played for Sydney Roosters, Penrith Panthers and St Helens, was seriously hurt when he made a tackle in the opening minutes of his side's match against Wakefield Trinity last weekend.

In a news conference on Thursday, Rovers coach Smith provided an update on the condition of the 30-year-old, who underwent emergency surgery soon after sustaining his injury.

"If you're talking about career-wise, this is a career-ending injury," said Smith. "If Mose is able to walk, that'll be a success. All that's still unknown.

"We've got to be careful what we set our sights on as an outcome. Mose's got two lovely daughters here in this country and a young son in Australia that are suffering at the the moment and are worried about their dad.

"He's got an unborn child on the way. There's different ways to measure success and, if you asked his consultant, his consultant wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what he will get back to. I know for a fact he's just looking forward to hugging his children again."

Smith hailed the extraordinary positivity shown by Masoe, who left intensive care on Thursday to move to a specialist spinal injuries unit.

"I'm really proud to know him and to know the manner in which he's conducted himself under the most extreme pressure," added Smith. "He's a big, strong man that was very, very happy prior to the injury and he's showing those same traits now. He's putting everybody else at ease.

"We're all feeling for him at the moment and last night when I went and visited, a number of players had been already, and one of his main objectives is to make them feel better. He's smiling and he's so positive and it's been very inspirational to all of us.

"He's making some really good progress, which he's happy about. It's going to be a long, slow process for him but he's made some really good inroads. It looked very, very, very bleak on the first day or so until he had his operation. He's made some good improvements and every little bit of improvement is a huge improvement really, from where it was first expected with him."

Masoe and Weller Hauraki were named as Hull KR's co-captains for 2020 on Thursday, with Smith stating: "I do want everyone to understand that it was agreed last week ... and it hasn't been a reaction to recent occurrences. We're really proud that he [Masoe] is going to stay involved and have a big impact on our team throughout the season."

England will face Samoa in the opening game of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, while Australia will take on Fiji.

Prince Harry attended the draw ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday and picked out Samoa as England's first opponents at St James' Park in Newcastle on October 23, 2021.

France and debutants Greece were also placed in Group A.

The Duke of Sussex drew out Fiji, surprise semi-finalists in 2017, alongside defending champions Australia in Group B, with Scotland and Italy making up the rest of the pool.

New Zealand will be hoping to improve on their quarter-final exit three years ago and they should comfortably emerge from Group C alongside Lebanon, Ireland and Jamaica, the latter of which will be making their first appearance in the competition.

Tonga made the semi-finals in 2017 and will go up against Papua New Guinea, Wales and Cook Islands in Group D.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs confirmed the signing of Australia and New South Wales representative Latrell Mitchell on a one-year deal.

Mitchell, 22, left the Sydney Roosters after four seasons with the NRL club and his move to the Rabbitohs was announced on Monday.

A four-time Kangaroos and Blues representative, centre Mitchell has signed for 2020 and the Rabbitohs hold an option to extend his deal for a further year.

"He has the ability to be one of the best players in the world and from our discussions with him he understands that it's going to take a lot of hard work and effort for him to be at his best consistently and to reach his full potential," Rabbitohs general manager of football Shane Richardson said in a statement.

"He will get that opportunity at the Rabbitohs, working with some wonderful mentors here in Wayne [Bennett], Jason [Demetriou], Ben [Hornby], Greg [Inglis], John [Sutton] and Sam [Burgess], and we're really looking forward to seeing Latrell at his peak wearing the famous cardinal and myrtle jersey that so many greats of the game have worn before him.

"He understands 'The Rabbitoh Way' and what it means to represent the Rabbitohs. He has a family connection to our club with his father Matt having played here, his family are South Sydney supporters, and we're looking forward to welcoming him and his young family to the Rabbitohs this year.

"He is a very proud Indigenous man, a young leader in the Indigenous community and we know that he will be of great support to Souths Cares and its programs in the Indigenous community.

"Things in the player market changed recently which saw us move into a position to be able to bring him to our club, and for him to make us his club of choice.

"We're very excited that this opportunity has come to fruition and our members should be equally as enthusiastic about having a player of Latrell's ability joining our ranks."

Mitchell helped the Roosters win the NRL premiership in 2018 and 2019, while the Rabbitohs fell in the Preliminary Finals last year.

Latrell Mitchell announced his departure from Sydney Roosters ahead of a rumoured switch to NRL rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mitchell confirmed his exit in an Instagram post on Friday, with the New South Wales and Australia star reportedly poised to join the Rabbitohs for the 2020 season.

The Roosters withdrew a new contract offer to Mitchell – whose existing deal covers the upcoming season – in November, while the NRL champions on Sunday granted the centre a leave of absence ahead of their return to pre-season training.

Mitchell played 96 NRL games and won back-to-back premierships with the Roosters in 2018 and 2019 after debuting in 2016.

"Firstly I want to thank @sydneyroosters for everything they have done for me and my family," the 22-year-old wrote. "I cannot describe the way I feel right now but just wanted to let everyone know involved in my career through my stint here, I am so very grateful for you all.

"To the fans, thanks you! Wouldn't be a game without you. Humbled to be able to play with such a rich history club didn't think as a country boy I'd be able to transition to the city but Roosters made that possible.

"To the boys!! I love yas. Playing alongside of you all was something I'll hold close to my heart.

"Nothing has been made official as of yet. But my stay at the Roosters has come to an end. On to the next chapter where ever that may be [heart emojis]."

Gareth Widdop will have to wait to make his Super League debut after Warrington Wolves' marquee signing was ruled out of the start of the season.

The England five-eighth suffered a lower limb injury in training after rolling his ankle and Warrington revealed he is not expected to be available until "around round four".

Widdop will continue to be assessed by the Wolves medical team following his injury setback.

The 30-year-old returned to his homeland on a three-year deal from NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons.

Warrington travel to Wigan Warriors for the opening match of the season on January 30. 

Latrell Mitchell has seemingly moved closer to an exit from Sydney Roosters after the club granted him a leave of absence ahead of their return to pre-season training.

One of the most highly rated players in the NRL, Mitchell has been the subject of persistent speculation linking him with a transfer away from the reigning premiers, with South Sydney Rabbitohs now reported to be his most likely destination.

In November, the Roosters confirmed they had withdrawn a new contract offer to the centre, whose existing deal covers the upcoming season, after he "expressed that he would like to explore his options for season 2021".

A fresh club statement on Sunday read: "In lead-up to the club's return to pre-season, Sydney Roosters player Latrell Mitchell has been granted a leave of absence, excusing him from all training commitments.

"The club will be making no further comment at this time."

While a host of NRL sides have been linked with Mitchell, the Rabbitohs have emerged as the leading contenders to sign the 22-year-old Australia international, despite coach Wayne Bennett stating last week: "We won't be signing Latrell." 

The evolving world of sport means a new decade is likely to see widespread change.

With superstars like Lionel Messi, LeBron James, Roger Federer and Lewis Hamilton unlikely to be plying their trades in 2030, the stage is set for new names to come to the fore.

Omnisport's team of writers have tipped 20 20-year-olds to do just that over the next 10 years.

 

Men's football: Joao Felix

A €126m move from Benfica to Atletico Madrid made Joao Felix the second most expensive teenager in football history. His career in LaLiga is yet to truly ignite but the forward's lavish gifts are beyond doubt as he faces up to the decade when Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the stage for their native Portugal. Joao Felix is the anointed heir.

Basketball: Luka Doncic

The 2018 EuroLeague MVP and 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year, Doncic's incredible rise has continued unchecked this season – he is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists for the Dallas Mavericks. He should earn a first All-Star appearance this season and make his bow in the playoffs, where you would expect to see him featuring regularly in the coming years.

Cricket: Prithvi Shaw

Opening batsman Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a Test hundred on debut in 2018 and followed that up with a half-century in his second appearance. However, last year was one to forget for Shaw, who had injury problems before serving a six-month doping ban having taken a substance typically found in cough syrups. A first-class double hundred last month suggests he is ready to make up for lost time.

Tennis: Marketa Vondrousova

Although she was unable to win a title on the WTA Tour in 2019, Vondrousova was the runner-up at the French Open – one of three final appearances last year – and having risen to 16th in the world rankings she looks set to break the top 10 soon. The Czech's unorthodox playing style and penchant for drop shots makes her a particularly entertaining watch.

Formula One: Lando Norris

Norris enjoyed an excellent debut season in Formula One, helping McLaren to an impressive fourth place in the constructors' championship. After landing three straight points finishes to end the year, he carries momentum into 2020 and looks capable of challenging Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen over the next 10 years.

UFC: Chase Hooper

Featherweight Hooper was awarded a development deal after winning the second season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018 and is the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. He improved his unbeaten mixed martial arts record to 8-0-1 by stopping David Teymur in the first round of a thoroughly impressive UFC debut in December.

American football: Trevor Lawrence

The NFL is blessed with talented young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, but the potential star of the 2020s will not enter the league until 2021 at the earliest. Clemson's Lawrence possess the size, skill and nerve to succeed at the next level. He is still yet to lose a game in college and is one win away from back-to-back National Championships.

Sport climbing: Janja Garnbret

Sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 and Garnbret is a favourite for success. She successfully defended her bouldering and combined titles at last year's world championships and added gold in the lead discipline. The Slovenian's tally of 14 International Federation of Sport Climbing titles is unprecedented.

Rugby league: Tom Flegler

Front-rower Flegler enjoyed a hugely promising breakthrough year with Brisbane Broncos in 2019, featuring 23 times in his maiden campaign. He has reportedly knocked back a host of lucrative offers to remain with Brisbane in 2020 and will now aim to make an even bigger impact.

Women's football: Georgia Stanway

Vastly experienced for her age, Stanway joined Manchester City from Blackburn Rovers and made her Women's Super League debut at 16 in 2015. She won her second FA Cup with a goalscoring player-of-the-match display as City beat West Ham 3-0 in 2019's Wembley final and was the youngest member of an England squad Phil Neville led to the World Cup semi-finals. If the Lionesses are to take the next step over the coming decade, expect Stanway to play a vital role.

Rugby union: Marcus Smith

Harlequins fly-half Smith is knocking on the door for full England selection after an impressive first two years of his club career. He was man of the match in last July's win over Barbarians, which fans of Eddie Jones' side will hope is a sign of things to come over the next decade.

Golf: Matthew Wolff

The PGA Tour welcomed a host of talented rookies in 2019, but Wolff may just be the best of the bunch. A standout college player with an unorthodox swing that generates enormous power, he won last July's 3M Open in only his third professional start.

MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo

After Jorge Lorenzo, the only man to defeat Marc Marquez in a MotoGP world championship, retired, and with Valentino Rossi nearing the end of his career, fans are looking to the next generation. That group looks set to be led by Quartararo, who will ride a factory-spec Yamaha for 2020 after claiming six pole positions and seven podiums in a magnificent rookie season.

Golf: Nasa Hataoka

Already fifth in the women's world rankings, Hataoka has claimed three LPGA Tour titles in the past 18 months, after becoming the first amateur to win a major on the Japan LPGA Tour back in 2016.

Baseball: Vladimir Guerrero Jnr

Guerrero has a lot to live up to but has already shown enough to suggest he may follow his father into baseball's Hall of Fame. Having signed for the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 2015, Guerrero served his time in the minors before making his debut in the Major Leagues last April. He spent the rest of his maiden season displaying the kind of power that has marked him out as a star of the future, hitting .272, mashing 15 home runs and knocking in 69 RBI. By the end of the next decade, his may well be the face of baseball.

Ice Hockey: Quinn Hughes

Hughes, who could not even debut for the Vancouver Canucks until he recovered from an ankle injury in March, is an elite defenseman who also sat top of the rookie assist chart in late December.

Swimming: Michael Andrew

This year is an Olympic one and for the first time since the 1996 Games, Michael Phelps will not be in the pool. The United States needs a new swimming hero, and the hope is that Phelps' namesake can be the next star. Andrew was the youngest US swimmer to ever turn professional when he did so at 14 and, having finished fourth in the 50 metres butterfly at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, he appears primed to be a breakout star in Tokyo.

Tennis: Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov finished 2019 at a career-high ATP ranking of 15th, having won his first title in Stockholm. Expect his threat at the 2020 majors to be very real.

Athletics: Sydney McLaughlin

At the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, gold in the 4x400 metres relay followed silver in the 400m hurdles for McLaughlin. Only a Dalilah Muhammad world record was enough to deny her the victory.

Boxing: Joseph Adorno

Currently plying his trade in the lightweight division, Adorno was brought up in Puerto Rico and his thunderous left hook has drawn comparisons to Miguel Cotto – the great four-weight world champion hailing from that boxing-mad island. Promoters Top Rank will look to step up Adorno's level of opposition in 2020, although anyone climbing into the corner opposite a young man boasting a 14-0 record with 12 knockouts should make sure they get well paid.

Canterbury Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson has re-signed with the NRL club for a further three years.

Jackson, 28, has played 181 games for the Bulldogs since making his NRL debut for Canterbury in 2012.

The former Australia and New South Wales representative extended his stay with the Bulldogs on Sunday.

"It really is fantastic news and a great early Christmas present for our members and fans that Josh has re-signed with the club," Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said in a statement.

"He is an incredibly popular figure here at Belmore and he represents everything that is great about our club in the way that he carries himself on and off the field.

"He is a quality player who leads from the front every week but just as importantly he is an outstanding person who contributes a great deal in the community and is loved by all of our supporters.

"I know how much this club means to Josh and the pride he has in putting on the jersey every week, so it is great that he has committed to what we are building here now and for the future."

The Bulldogs finished the 2019 season in a disappointing 12th in the table.

A fundraiser set up on behalf of Rob Burrow and his family has surpassed its target of £100,000 just over a day after it was announced the former Leeds Rhinos star has motor neurone disease (MND).

Burrow, 37, confirmed on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with the illness.

Leeds Rugby Foundation – the Rhinos' official charity – set up a fundraising page to support Burrow, his wife and his three children in his treatment.

A target of £100,000 was set and, in just over 24 hours, that total was surpassed, while figures from across rugby – both league and union – also offered their support.

On Thursday, Burrow posted a message of thanks on his official Twitter account.

"Today has been a big day for me and my family but I would like you all to know I have read every message and post," he tweeted.

"I can't explain how overwhelmed I am at the reaction I have had from people throughout our amazing sport. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!"

In a stellar playing career, Burrow made 492 appearances for Leeds, scoring 196 tries, helping the Headingley outfit land Challenge Cup titles in 2014 and 2015 and three World Club Challenge successes.

Melbourne Storm are exploring options to grant Josh Addo-Carr an early release from his contract on compassionate grounds.

The Storm said last month Addo-Carr, who has a contract that runs until the end of 2021, had reaffirmed his commitment to the team.

However, a change in the former Wests Tigers wing's family circumstances means he is keen to move back to Sydney.

Melbourne CEO Dave Donaghy stated they are looking at ways to let Addo-Carr go following the 2020 season but will be seeking "fair value" through a combination of a transfer fee, a player swap and salary cap relief.

"We believe this would be a fair outcome for all parties given the investment Storm has made in Josh and that we find ourselves on the cusp of the 2020 season," Donaghy wrote in a letter addressed to members.

"Most importantly, it would allow Josh's request to be met and we, and the game, would be able to continue to support him and his family in the transition back to Sydney."

Addo-Carr was linked with a return to the Tigers after they withdrew an offer to Latrell Mitchell.

Leeds Rhinos great Rob Burrow said he was inspired by former rugby union star Doddie Weir to raise awareness for motor neurone disease (MND).

Burrow, who won the Super League eight times with Leeds, announced on Thursday he had been diagnosed with MND.

Ex-Scotland union international Weir confirmed his own diagnosis in June 2017 and has since sought to raise awareness for the disease.

Weir received BBC Sport's Helen Rollason Award "for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity" last week, and he has already made contact with Burrow.

"I saw Doddie get the award on Sunday night and watched his documentary on Monday - it was inspiring before even meeting him," Burrow said.

"In fact, if I hadn't have met him, I was still inspired enough to kick on.

"Me talking to Doddie was amazing, so if I could do that in a year's time for somebody that's just started, that's great. Awareness is massive - in 10 years' time, they might heal somebody and find a cure, so I'm keen to help."

He added on Weir: "His mindset is unbelievable. He said the best medicine or medication is positive thinking."

Weir wrote on Twitter: "I met with @Rob7Burrow last night and offered him whatever help and support he might need at what is a difficult time for him.

"Meeting another sportsman suffering from MND has strengthened my resolve to help find a solution to this condition."

Leeds Rhinos great Rob Burrow has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, he has announced.

The 37-year-old spent his entire playing career with Leeds, making his debut in 2001 and retiring in 2017. He won the Super League eight times with the West Yorkshire club and played for Great Britain and England.

He is currently the reserve team coach at Leeds and said in a statement: "Regrettably, today I am confirming that I have been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

"I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received already since being given my diagnosis.

"I know I have a big challenge in front of me but knowing that I have the love and support of so many people will give me inspiration and strength.

"I am very positive about the situation and intend to battle the condition as I still feel fit and well."

Father-of-three Burrow added: "I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to the battle I have ahead and so that I can spend time with those closest to me ahead of Christmas and New Year."

Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield, who played alongside Burrow for more than a decade, said: "This has been devastating news and heartbreaking for Rob and his young family.

"The thoughts of everyone at Leeds Rhinos and, I am sure, throughout the rugby league family is with Rob and his wife Lindsey.

"Throughout his career, Rob overcame the odds to become a legend of the game and I know he will tackle this challenge with the exact same positive determination."

Sinfield said Burrow had already discussed the neurodegenerative condition with Scotland rugby union favourite Doddie Weir, a fellow MND sufferer.

Leeds said they had set up a fund to support Burrow's treatment, and to help his young family.

In a stellar playing career, he made 492 appearances for Leeds, scoring 196 tries, helping the Headingley outfit land Challenge Cup titles in 2014 and 2015 and three World Club Challenge successes.

Brisbane Broncos forward David Fifita will face no disciplinary action from the NRL after his recent arrest in Bali.

The 19-year-old was alleged to have been involved in a nightclub altercation with a security guard and spent two days in custody last month before being released without charge.

However, NRL integrity chiefs said evidence available to them was "inconclusive", leading the league to decide against sanctioning the player.

The Queensland Maroons back-rower said in the wake of the incident he had "learnt a big lesson", with the circumstances examined in an internal review of the circumstances commissioned by the Broncos.

On Thursday, the NRL announced: "The National Rugby League [NRL] will not initiate any disciplinary action against Broncos player David Fifita in relation to the incident in Bali last month.

"The NRL's integrity unit says evidence relating to the incident outside a Bali nightclub was inconclusive. The NRL said it was satisfied that the actions of the Broncos club were appropriate in the circumstances."

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg added: "It is important that our determinations are based on the evidence before us. In this case, after analysing a multitude of evidence we cannot say with certainty that a breach has occurred."

The Broncos have no plans to penalise Fifita, either.

Club chief executive Paul White said: "We are satisfied with the NRL's decision on this matter – David will pull on a Broncos jersey to play round one and we feel that is a fair result for him and for the club.

"We trust David’s version of events in that he did not commit an assault, but we understand that the integrity unit had a job to do."

Wests Tigers five-eighth Josh Reynolds has been charged by New South Wales Police with a domestic violence offence.

The NRL club confirmed the development on Thursday and said Reynolds, 30, "vigorously defends" the charge.

Reynolds is due to appear in court on December 18.

"Both Josh and Wests Tigers has previously alerted the police and NRL on this matter and will continue to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and NSW Police as Josh vigorously defends this charge," read a club statement.

"As this is an ongoing legal matter, Wests Tigers will be making no further comment at this time."

Reynolds, a former New South Wales representative, made seven appearances in 2019 after joining the Tigers from the Canterbury Bulldogs the previous year.

His contract runs until the end of the 2021 season.

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