England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand will live long in the memory
England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.
Steve Prescott, who has died at the age of 39, would be an educated choice as one of rugby league’s bravest players – on and off the field. The first side of that equation saw him enjoy a fine career with his home-town club, St Helens, Hull and Wakefield, tour with Great Britain and represent both England and Ireland.
Charnley replaces wing Tom Briscoe while Roby comes in for Carl Ablett
Injuries force coach to retain winger for Argentina match despite his lack of form
Steve McNamara could also give Michael McIlorum his first start of the tournament after naming him in place of James Roby
Hardaker withdrew from England's Rugby League World Cup squad due to 'personal reasons' but his club have lift the lid on the matter after McNamara refused to elaborate
The former Wigan Warriors full-back, who has announced he has joined NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes this is the most talented England squad he has been a part of
Sam Tomkins hopes to be relieved of the Wigan captaincy for his last game for the club – Saturday’s Super League Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford.
Leeds’ proud, tenacious run as the rulers of Super League is over, after their patched-up and battle-weary side was outlasted by Wigan.
...but they insist they will only follow French and English if new format suits them too
The reigning Man of Steel has agreed a three-year deal with the Australia National Rugby League side
Nigel Wray not surprised by developments over European competition
Suggestions that BBC TV have ordered new signs for their sports studio(s) – whether they have more than one these days is unclear – which read: "Will the last presenter to leave the premises please turn out the lights" are, of course, mere malicious gossip, but it's undeniable that a growing number of presenters and pundits have headed for the exit door in recent times as the BBC's portfolio of sporting events continues to shrink.
Huddersfield face an early test of their ability to get their minds back on business when they go to Bradford today.
They will be a part of the re-named Red Devils ahead of the 2014 season