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Kevin Sinfield is an ambassador for Canterbury

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

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Super League champions St Helens

Super League 2015: Magic Weekend set for Newcastle move as champions St Helens face Warrington and Wigan take on Leeds

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