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Australia's Kurtley Beale joins fall guys without a leg to stand on

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Australia’s Israel Folau and the Lions’ George North are similar in style and intensity

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Castleford 30 Hull 28: Ben Crooks haul fails to clinch thrilling contest as Castleford edge Hull

The name Crooks is a celebrated one at these two clubs, thanks to the exploits for both of the former Great Britain prop, Lee Crooks.

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England captain Kevin Sinfield attempts to break the tackle of Sia Soliola

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Steve McNamara's side record 30-10 victory but both Sinfield and Gareth Ellis leave with nasty looking injuries

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The Reds fall to the foot of the table

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The tourists are looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series

Bradford’s Matty Blythe, centre, is tackled by St Helens’ Willie Manu, left, and Tony Puletua, right, as the home team prove to be too strong for the Bulls

James Roby's return helps St Helens find the edge to fillet Bradford Bulls

St Helens 30 Bradford Bulls 18

British and Irish Lions 2013: Quade Cooper left out of Australia squad

25-man preliminary squad includes three uncapped players

Eight charged and Aston Martin seized after 'Meow Meow' raids in Manchester

Company director Paula White was one of 12 people investigated over the sale of £3.8 million of drugs through www.wide-mouth-frogs.com

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