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Fixture list favours Wales this year although they still face a testing trip to Twickenham to take on England on March 9

Aaron Groom was Fiji’s star against Samoa – but Australia will be a much tougher challenge

Fiji confirm themselves bes t of the res t

Fiji earned the dubious privilege of another crack at Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup by beating Samoa 22-4 yesterday.

Steve Prescott awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace, 23 Apr 2010

Steve Prescott: Sportsman who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Steve Prescott, who has died at the age of 39, would be an educated choice as one of rugby league’s bravest players – on and off the field. The first side of that equation saw him enjoy a fine career with his home-town club, St Helens, Hull and Wakefield, tour with Great Britain and represent both England and Ireland.

Australia full-back Billy Slater will face no further action after he was detained by police following a late-night incident in Manchester

Rugby League World Cup: Australia full-back will face no further action after late-night scuffle in Manchester

The two-time Golden Boot winner was detained by police after the incident which happened following Australia's victory over Ireland

Brendan Rodgers (left) and Steven Gerrard talk tactics during Liverpool training

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The Reds currently sit third in the Premier League

Sonny Bill Williams looks set to remain with NRL side Sydney Roosters after the Rugby League World Cup

New Zealand fail to lure Sonny Bill Williams back to rugby union after reports emerge he will remain with NRL side Sydney Roosters

Williams was expected to head back to Union after choosing not to go to the Rugby League World Cup but he has since changed his mind on both matters

England take on Australia in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup

The Last Word: Oh come on England (all of it), get behind 2013 Rugby League World Cup

If we are going to host a World Cup, any World Cup, we should sell it out

Paul Wood in the thick of the action against Wigan this season

Paul Wood handed a perfect stage to put the horrors of depression behind him

Final call is reward for rediscovering his best form after infamous injury and life lows

Julie with (from left) sons Sam, Luke, George and Thomas

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Luke Burgess will have had mixed emotions on Tuesday morning. Pride that his three younger brothers, Sam, Thomas and George, had been called up for England's World Cup squad, coupled with the disappointment that he had not made the cut himself.

Sam Tomkins' last game for Wigan will be in the Grand Final

Wigan 22 Leeds 12: Richards shines on home swansong to end Leeds’ reign

Leeds’ proud, tenacious run as the rulers of Super League is over, after their patched-up and battle-weary side was outlasted by Wigan.

Sam Tomkins will be playing next year for the New Zealand Warriors

Sam Tomkins' exit leaves a hole not just at Wigan but in Super League itself

The semi-final against Leeds will be the last home game for one of Britain's best

Gary Ballance, 23, has had a wonderful season for Yorkshire

The untried trio of Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin called into England's Ashes battle

Middle-order batsman, exciting all-rounder and tall fast bowler heading Down Under

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England full-back Sam Tomkins to leave Wigan for New Zealand Warriors

The reigning Man of Steel has agreed a three-year deal with the Australia National Rugby League side

Paul Collingwood has just led Durham to their third title in six years

Paul Collingwood tips Ben Stokes for Ashes glory... but not just yet

Durham captain tells Ed Aarons how young all-rounder can solve a national problem once he’s fine-tuned his game

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Adrian Morley predicts nail-biter against Leeds

A double-header of games a few miles apart today will go a long way towards determining the emerging pattern of this season’s Super League play-offs.

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He enjoyed the reputation of being hard to handle, and he liked to get his retaliation in first

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