Sport Alex Cuthbert admits that Wales will be the team to beat ahead of this year's Six Nations

Fixture list favours Wales this year although they still face a testing trip to Twickenham to take on England on March 9

Rangi Chase

Round-Up: Salford earn last City victory as Broncos secure rare win

Salford played their last game as the City Reds before this week’s planned rebranding as the Red Devils at Castleford. Apart from the name change, the club will announce a series of new faces to go with scrum-half, Tim Smith, signed from Wakefield for “a substantial fee.”

Jason Chan: Huddersfield's Papua New Guinean forward went over twice

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One of the longest waits in rugby league ended last night as the Giants clinched possession of the League Leaders’ Shield.

Jig of joy: Wigan players celebrate as the final whistle confirms victory

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League serves its community but uninspired final bypasses the neutral

Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin lifts the Challenge Cup at Wembley

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Iain Thornley and Sam Tomkins run in tries but dour final fails to live up to the ‘best ever’ clash between these two sides at Wembley back in 1985

Wigan's Sam Tomkins is the short-priced favourite to win the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match

Challenge Cup: Sam Tomkins can wave Wigan goodbye with one more Wembley gesture

All eyes today will be on departing full-back

Hull's Jason Crookes has recovered in time to play

Challenge Cup: Hull fired up to fuel dreams of 1985 repeat

The Hull coach, Peter Gentle, will rely on a couple of Crook(e)s to help him lift the Challenge Cup today, though neither Ben Crooks nor Jason Crookes were expected to be on the Wembley team-sheet a few weeks ago.

Chris Robshaw

England captain Chris Robshaw signs new contract at Harlequins

Deal takes the 27-year-old through to the end of the 2015/16 season

Rangi Chase showed flashes of brilliance for Castleford

Castleford 46 Bradford 34 match report: Rangi Chase puts an end to Bulls' slim hopes

Bradford's slim mathematical chance of a place in the play-offs is over, but only after a nip and tuck affair at Castleford.

Eorl Crabtree crossed the line for Huddersfield in their 26-12 win over London Broncos

Rugby League: Huddersfield Giants one win away from claiming maiden League Leader's Shield

Coach Paul Anderson relieved after tough 26-12 victory over London Broncos

Leeds 12 Hull KR 16: Rhinos’ title hopes hit by brave Rovers

The Champions became the second high-profile casualties in 24 hours of a Super League that genuinely has become wildly unpredictable.

Hep Cahill was sent off for a bad tackle which caused Brett Hodgson to be carried off

Warrington 6 Widnes 16 match report: Jack Owens double helps inspire 12-man Widnes

Warrington failed to go back to the top of the Super League table as they fell victim to an unlikely double at the hands of an inspired 12-man Widnes.

Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

Victors emerge from 336 starters in Fastnet Race

In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.

Sport on TV: Three jeers for the players who dodge the Bullettes

Greatest Little Britons (Sky One, Thursday) has had some excellent subject matter, including the not particularly British-sounding gymkhana. But even more alien was last week's concluding study of cheerleading, the huge American phenomenon which has not exactly star-jumped its way into the national consciousness over here.

Murray: 'There are blokes who are nice guys off the field, but absolute bastards on it. I want as many as possible of the second sort'

Graham Murray: Rubgy coach who took Leeds Rhinos to Super League success

Graham Murray, the coach who started the internal revolution that made Leeds the dominant side in Super League, has died in Australia at the age of 58.

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