Rugby League: Bob Scott appointed Rugby League general manager

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Bob Scott, the Huddersfield vice-chairman, has been appointed the first general manager for the Rugby League's First and Second Divisions.

The scrum-half Graeme Close, one of 10 players released by Warrington last week, has signed for Salford Reds.

AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE Third round: Illawarra Steelers 8 St George 20; Parramatta 2 Sydney City 8; Gold Coast Chargers 26 Balmain 6.

AUSTRALIAN SUPER LEAGUE Fourth round: Hunter Mariners 38 North Queensland Cowboys 10; Perth 34 Canterbury 6; Penrith 38 Cronulla 10.