Sam Burgess could make his debut for Bath tonight

Sports Personality of the Year 2014: MP calls for boycott and tables motion in House of Commons after Sam Burgess omitted from shortlist

The rugby league-turned rugby union convert won the NRL Grad Final with the South Sydney Rabbitohs but Greg Mulholland has called for a complete boycott of award show

Ben Flower is shown a red card after punching Lance Hohaia

Ben Flower punch: Wigan Warriors find Flower guilty of gross misconduct for brutal punch on Lance Hohaia in Super League Grand Final

Flower received a 13-game ban from the RFL but Wigan have decided to fine him 50 per cent of his wages for three months

A bloodied and bruised Sam Burgess during the NRL Grand Final

World Golden Boot 2014: Sam Burgess could become third Englishman to win rugby league award after being nominated

Burgess is joined by England team-mate James Graham, New Zealand's Shaun Johnson and Jesse Bromwich and Australians Greg Inglis and Jonathan Thurston

Super League champions St Helens

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New Zealand's Shaun Johnson celebrates with Shaun Kenny-Dowall after they win the Four Nations title

New Zealand 22 Australia 18 match report: Shaun Johnson inspires Kiwis to victory to lift 2014 Four Nations title

Johnson scored a try of his own before setting up the match-winning try for Manu Vatuvei

Video: England player Josh Hodgson smashes through door at student flat during end-of-tour party after Four Nations exit

Footage emerges of the incident by the hooker for which the England manager has apologised for

Josh Papalii of Australia drives towards the line to score a try

Four Nations 2014: England out after big win for Australia over Samoa

Paul Wellens looks to take the positives

Sean O'Loughlin will captain England against New Zealand

Four Nations 2014: England coach Steve McNamara sticks with same side that lost to Australia for crunch clash with New Zealand

Sean O'Loughlin came through his first game back from injury while Dan Sarginson retains his place in the centre

Keighley Cougars rugby club's website hacked to say 'I love you Isis'

Counter-terrorism police are investigating the incident

New Zealand's rugby league side perform the Haka ahead of their Four Nations clash with Samoa

New Zealand vs Samoa match report: Shaun Kenny-Dowall rescues Kiwis to keep Four Nations hopes intact

New Zealand 14 Samoa 12: 2008 world champions scrape past Samoa with try five minutes from time as Samoans suffer second narrow defeat in as many weeks

Sean O’Loughlin

Four Nations 2014: England look to perform rare feat of dumping out Australia

Australia don’t put in two bad games in a row – but this could be different

Alan Henning to be remembered by Salford Red Devils in pre-season match against Swinton

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Sione Mata'utia

Four Nations 2014: Sione Mata'utia to become youngest ever player for Kangaroos in must-win encounter against England

Mata'utia will replace Daniel Tupou for Australia's second Four Nations match and will eclipse Israel Folou's record when he plays aged 18 years and 130 days

Sean O'Loughlin

Four Nations 2014: Steve McNamara names same England side to face Australia, but refuses to rule out captain Sean O'Loughlin

O'Loughlin missed the narrow win over Samoa with a quad injury but could yet return if he proves his fitness

Bill Ashurst at home in Wigan

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