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St Helens 12 Catalan Dragons 22 report: Shaven Catalans prove to be a cut above Saints

Morgan Escare pressed his claims for a World Cup spot as Catalan Dragons condemned St Helens to a third defeat in four games. The French team, sporting shaven heads in support of a children’s cancer charity, were too good for their hosts as they rounded off a week’s camp with an impressive third away victory of the season.

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Despite a barren Easter that has left them bottom of Super League, Castleford still present a danger today, the Huddersfield coach, Paul Anderson, has been telling his troops.

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A Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon cargo capsule flew away from the International Space Station on Tuesday, loaded with experiment samples and gear for return to Earth.

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.

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