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

Kris Welham hopes to return for Hull KR against Wakefield

Castleford look sharp for Powell’s grand opener

Daryl Powell takes charge of his hometown club for the first time in France this afternoon. The newly appointed Castleford coach takes them to the Catalan Dragons looking for a result to get his reign off to an optimistic start.

The former Wales captain Jonathan Davies says taking Jonny Wilkinson on the British and Irish Lions tour would have been a backward step

Clermont Auvergne v Toulon: Heineken Cup final preview

A look ahead to Saturday's final at the Aviva Stadium

Stade Francais v Leinster: Amlin Challenge Cup final preview

A look ahead to tonight's match

Eight charged and Aston Martin seized after 'Meow Meow' raids in Manchester

Company director Paula White was one of 12 people investigated over the sale of £3.8 million of drugs through www.wide-mouth-frogs.com

Will Jonny Wilkinson be selected?

British and Irish Lions 2013: Jonny Sexton disappointed Jonny Wilkinson is not involved in tour

The squad met up for the first time yesterday

Round-Up: Tomkins scores four more in Wigan cruise and dragons thrash York

Sam Tomkins kept up his freakish try-scoring record with four more as Wigan cruised past Hull KR into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 46-14 victory at  Craven Park yesterday. The  full-back has now scored 21 in his last nine games.

The Sport Matrix: Monday 13 May 2013

Ferguson reveals reasons behind decision to retire

Stefan Ratchford racked up the points during Warringtons' 52-6 Challenge Cup victory over Salford

Stefan Ratchford racks up points as holders embarrass Salford

Warrington Wolves rout Salford City Reds 52-6 in the Challenge Cup fifth round

The sporting week ahead (12/05/13)

Today

Hull 24 Wakefield 6 match report: England international Gareth Ellis made his mark

Gareth Ellis scored his first try since returning to England to help Hull into the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Round-up: Castleford rise to welcome Powell as their new coach

Castleford, who are poised to confirm Featherstone's Daryl Powell as their new coach today, are off the foot of the Super League table, thanks to a 32-24 win over Hull KR.

Gareth Steenson struck a penalty in the 79th minute

Aviva Premiership round-up: Exeter win seals place in top six

Gareth Steenson struck a penalty in the 79th minute to clinch a remarkable 40-39 victory for Exeter against Gloucester in front of a full house at Sandy Park.

Wakefield Trinity 30 Catalan Dragons 12 match report: Richard Agar's club hand out a lesson to his French hopefuls

Danny Kirmond and Peter Fox claimed two tries apiece as Richard Agar's club side completely outflanked his international hopefuls.

Bradford 22 Leeds 42 match report: Leeds' early push leaves Bradford too far behind

Leeds started like the champions they are, hitting Bradford with an early whirlwind from which they never recovered.

Salford won 'with extra man'

Salford have been charged with a breach of regulations after they fielded 14 players during their 34-30 win over Castleford in coach Brian Noble's first Super League match.

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