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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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Saracens today confirmed the signing of England rugby league international Joel Tomkins, but will have to wait at least three years before having the chance to get their hands on his younger brother.

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.

Briscoe gets into his stride as Hull time run-in to perfection

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Tomkins handed suspended fine

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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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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