Rugby League: Eagles to share United's roost

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Sheffield Eagles are to move across the city from the Don Valley Stadium to share with Sheffield United FC at Bramall Lane.

The Eagles will play their home Super League matches at the ground from next April, although they may still use the Don Valley for Challenge Cup ties. The Eagles' founder, Gary Hetherington, said the arrangement was a long-term one, with the two clubs negotiating a 10-year lease.

South Wales are to delay a decision on whether to accept a place in the First Division, rather than in Super League, until their chairman, Jeffrey Taylor, returns from abroad next week.

Two players who appeared in Super League for Wigan this summer have been made available for transfer. Andrew Craig, priced at pounds 50,000, and Matt Knowles, at pounds 25,000, will be allowed to move on in search of regular first- team league.

Papua New Guinea have appointed Bob Bennett, brother of the Brisbane Broncos' coach and former Test player, Wayne Bennett, as their coach for the Test against Great Britain later this month. Bob Bennett has predicted that PNG will win the match in Lae on 28 September: "It will be so hot that the Poms won't be able to breathe, and we will hit them with everything."

John Bentley, the Halifax winger, has withdrawn from the Great Britain tour because his wife has given birth prematurely to their third child. He is replaced by Warrington's Jonathan Roper.