Sporting Digest: Rugby League

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Cardiff, Swansea and Gateshead are the front-runners for places in Super League next season after making presentations to clubs' chief executives yesterday. Glasgow and Northampton, who had also expressed an interest, were not represented.

St Helens have rejected an approach from First Division Widnes to take prop forward Andy Leathem on loan.

The former Leeds and Warrington forward George Mann, 32, has been named the First and Second Division Player of the Week after scoring a hat-trick of tries in Swinton's 44-11 win over Widnes.