Ben Hellewell is Scots’ saviour in 30-30 draw with Italy

Ben Hellewell’s second try gave Scotland a creditable and possibly crucial 30-30 draw against Italy on Sunday in another blockbuster World Cup encounter at Workington.

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.

Hat trickery: England’s Ryan Hall prepares to beat James Mendeika of Ireland to score the third of his tries yesterday

England 42 Ireland 0 match report: Ryan Hall puts England on brink

Eight-try blitz routs Irish and leaves Steve McNamara's side one win away from the quarter-finals

Ryan Hall scored a hat-trick for England in their 42-0 win over Ireland

England 42 Ireland 0 match report: Hosts record first win of the tournament with landslide victory over Irish

England respond to last week's defeat to Australia to record a comfortable win against Ireland

Wigan win the race to sign John Bateman from Bradford Bulls

Wigan have won the chase for Bradford's promising back-row forward John Bateman.

Kevin Sinfield (front centre), Leroy Cudjoe (front right) and Rangi Chase (right) during the Captain's Run at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield

Rugby League World Cup: England home in on first win of crazy tournament

England can get their World Cup campaign back on track in front of a sell-out crowd that will emphasise just how this tournament has seized the public imagination.

James Graham was dropped for the Australia game for disciplinary reasons

Rugby League World Cup: James Graham return timely for Steve McNamara's England

James Graham is back in the England team for the match against Ireland after being dropped for disciplinary reasons at the start of the World Cup.

Rugby League World Cup: Joseph Paulo at the double for US in win over Cook Islands

Two tries from US captain Joseph Paulo helped his side record a 32-20 victory against Cook Islands in their opening World Cup match.

Sean O'Loughlin will replace Sam Burgess for England's match against Irleand as long as he proves his fitness by Thursday

Sean O'Loughlin ready to step up and replace suspended Sam Burgess as long as he proves his fitness

The Wigan captain has only featured in two matches in the past two months - the Challenge Cup final and the Super League final

England head coach Steve McNamara looks on during training

Rugby League World Cup: Banned Sam Burgess is not a 'thug', insists Steve McNamara

The England coach, Steve McNamara, has defended the disciplinary record of forward Sam Burgess after he was ruled out of Saturday's second World Cup Group A match against Ireland through suspension.

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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Sam Burgess sweats on ban decision

Sam Burgess will find out on Monday whether he faces a suspension that would end his World Cup.

New Zealand’s Frank Pritchard is tackled by Samoa’s Sauaso Sue and Suaia Matagi

New Zealand 42 Samoa 24: Vatuvei hat-trick gives Kiwis victory after Samoa scare

Manu Vatuvei’s second half hat-trick of tries saved the World Cup-holders from potential embarrassment after they clocked off too early, thinking their job was done.

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