Hello and welcome along to today's live rugby league blog where we will be bringing you all the news and rumours all day long.

Christmas is fast approaching and it won't be long until Super League and Championship teams are in action as friendlies continue to be announced.

The Championship season gets underway on Saturday January 29, while the Super League competition starts on February 10 as Grand Final winners St Helens face League Leaders' Shield winners Catalans Dragons.

We'll be building up to the start of the new season throughout the day, as well as bringing you interviews, news and recruitment updates from around the competition.

We've also got exclusives with Hull FC's Ligi Sao, Wigan Warriors' Iain Thornley and Hull KR's Matty Storton.