Joe Burgess scores the last-minute winning try for Wigan
Sam Burgess (left) and James Graham are interviewed during the NRL Grand Final lunch in Sydney on Thursday

NRL Grand Final 2014 preview: Aussie final set for clash of the Poms

The key men in Sunday's NRL showdown are English forwards, Sam Burgess of South Sydney, playing his last game before switching to union, and Canterbury’s James Graham. Dave Hadfield previews their battle

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Challenge Cup semi-final: Michael Monaghan dreams of final bow

With brother Joel alongside him, the Warrington hooker will seek to end his successful career at ‘home from home’ Wembley by inflicting another Challenge Cup defeat on Leeds, reports Dave Hadfield

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