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

Craig Sandercock: Hull KR’s coach is not a fan of playing two Super League games over Easter

Sandercock shows contempt for Easter with Hull KR team selection

Craig Sandercock's jaundiced view of Super League's Easter programme is reflected in his team selection for the visit of the leaders today.

Tyson Keats: Welsh could even be banned from hiring foreign players

Round-up: Exiles face fresh action and fines over Keats

The Tyson Keats affair that cost London Welsh five league points is not over. The club are subject to an inquiry by the UK Border Agency into their illegal employment of the New Zealand-born scrum-half before he obtained the correct working visa.

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Ryan Hall, of Leeds, is held during the Rhinos’ draw with Bradford

Leeds 18 Bradford 18: Sidlow steals in to pluck the spoils from Peacock

A last-minute try from Adam Sidlow gave the Bulls a well-deserved share of the spoils against their neighbours and old rivals tonight.

Brian McDermott is glad Leeds Rhinos chilled out

The double postponement of Leeds’ Super League derby at Wakefield at the weekend could prove to be a blessing for the champions, according to their coach, Brian McDermott.

Rovers revel on Travis Burns' night and keep pace with top eight

Hull KR 26 Castleford 22

Flat out: The unstoppable Josh Charnley scored four tries for Wigan

Wigan Warriors 62 Widnes Vikings 4: Charnley leads rout of the Vikings

A rapid-fire hat-trick of tries scored over 10 destructive minutes of the first half by Josh Charnley set Wigan on the way to a hugely impressive win over last season's bottom club.

Gareth Hock of Widnes is barred from facing his old club, Wigan

Widnes stupid over Gareth Hock, says Shaun Wane

Most of the pre-match build-up for today’s meeting between Wigan and Widnes has concentrated on a man who could be playing for either team, but will turn out for neither.

Brian O’Driscoll may have played his last international for Ireland

Six Nations: Brian O'Driscoll to learn punishment for stamp on Simone Favaro

The match in Rome may have been the Ireland star's last Six Nations match

O’Shea believes league positions will have no bearing on who lifts the season’s first silverware

Conor O'Shea refuses to wear 'favourites' mantle

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has rejected the tag of favourites ahead of today's LV= Cup final against Sale at Sixways.

Leeds bounce back to delight Brian McDermott

Leeds 18 Wigan 14

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton picks up an injury against England

Six Nations: Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton facing lengthy lay-off

Sexton damaged a tendon in his left foot in training

Wakefield's Peter Fox (left) is congratulated after scoring a try

Reds rediscover commitment only to be denied by Sykes

Wakefield 23 Salford 23

Tony Iro, The former Wigan player, is one of the coaches linked with the vacant role at Salford

Alan Hunte short on time as Salford cast net wider

Alan Hunte's stint as Salford's interim coach – to borrow the term made infamous by Rafa Benitez recently – could start and finish with Sunday's match at Wakefield.

Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

Former London Welsh team manager Mike Scott banned from rugby for life

Scott punished for role in fielding of ineligible player

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