Sporting Digest: Rugby League

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The Independent Online
IAN LUCAS, Wigan's 25-year-old international front-row forward, has been forced to retire with a neck injury. Lucas made only 10 appearances last season after being injured on Great Britain's Australian tour.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers have transfer- listed Paul Newlove, their Great Britain centre, at an asking price of pounds 750,000. But the Australian club Sydney St George are poised to sign him for only pounds 70,000 - the maximum fee permitted for a player moving to Australia. Newlove's contract expires today and St George are expected to offer him a two-year deal by the end of the week.