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The Magic Weekend will take place at St James' Park on 30/31 May and will feature six games as opposed to seven due to the reduction from 14 to 12 teams

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

Paul Wellens looks to take the positives

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Counter-terrorism police are investigating the incident

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

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

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

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