World Cup: US ‘defy belief’ to stun Wales 24-16

Something very strange is happening to the world of rugby league, with Wales crashing out of the World Cup and the United States eying a quarter-final place. A late surge could not prevent the Welsh, twice semi-finalists in recent years, bowing out in Wrexham with two defeats in their first two matches.

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England will be without Sam Burgess for their World Cup match against Ireland after he was given a one-match ban for a high tackle on Australia's Sam Thaiday

England star Sam Burgess banned for match against Ireland

England's loose-forward has been handed a one-match ban for a high tackle on Australia's Sam Thaiday

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