Sport Alex Cuthbert admits that Wales will be the team to beat ahead of this year's Six Nations

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

Dave Hadfield: Return of promotion and relegation set alarm bells ringing in Super League

Super League clubs may look back on this week as the time when the turkeys voted for Christmas.

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George North of the Lions taunts Will Genia as he breaks clear to score the first Lions try during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions

Lions Tour 2013: George North apologises for wagging finger in Will Genia's face

Jet-heeled 21-year-old says he copped a 'lot of stick' from team mates for gesture

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

It is one of the mad ironies of rugby that a Lions Test of ebb and flow, bash and sashay, and 43 players whose every aching moment is dedicated to standing up for their mates should come down to one kick by one man. Kurtley Beale's final-minute penalty attempt to win the match for Australia transported him out of the ultimate team game into the loneliness of the long-distance goal-kicker. His miss and the manner of it, as his standing left leg slipped from under him and he fell flat on his back on the spiteful Suncorp Stadium turf, joined the horrible history of defeats settled in a single act.

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

Australia v The Lions: Honours end even in clash of two titans

George North and Israel Folau add a compelling rivalry to the spectacle

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.

Israel Folau is set for his international rugby union debut

British and Irish Lions 2013: Rugby league convert Israel Folau among trio of players making Australia debut

Medical team hand Rob Howley a 'massive boost' as George North is passed fit for Saturday

Brian Barwick with Fabio Capello during his time at the FA

Brian Barwick: Rugby Football League gets a chairman who says the unthinkable

Brian Barwick, the new boss of the RFL, tells Dave Hadfield he wouldn't mind a Super League with no London club

Glenn Moore: Even for Rupert Murdoch the sums do not add up to make a summer league look viable

The money on offer would have to be huge for clubs to risk draining their stars for the main season

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

England defeat Exiles but fears over captain Kevin Sinfield

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

Salford City fans at the Magic Weekend

Salford docked points for having too many players on the pitch

The Reds fall to the foot of the table

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Marland Yarde set to make Test debut for England against Argentina

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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