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Salford have named Phil Veivers as the coach to lead them into their new stadium for the start of next season.

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England coach Steve McNamara was today promised a full international programme in 2012 despite the Four Nations going into cold storage.

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In-form full-back can announce himself on global stage by inspiring England to victory in the Four Nations final

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Wales international Gareth Thomas retires from rugby

Wales dual-code international Gareth Thomas has announced his retirement from all forms of rugby with immediate effect.

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Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins has been found guilty of minor misconduct over his two-fingered salute to the Leeds fans during Saturday's Challenge Cup final win over the Rhinos.

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Sam Tomkins has apologised for his V-sign to Leeds fans during Wigan's Challenge Cup final victory at Wembley on Saturday.

Tomkins plays down v-sign row after Wigan roll back the years

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Tomkins, the Wigan legend in the making, relishes final buzz

Young star excited by date at Wembley as former players line up to hail him the future of the club

Leeds to risk centres in hope of causing upset at Wembley

The Leeds coach, Brian McDermott, admits that he is gambling on the fitness of his centres, Kallum Watkins and Carl Ablett, in his bid for a Wembley upset.

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