The incumbent Tomkins is a proven world-class player, but his form over the last two seasons with the New Zealand Warriors has been moderate, and Zak Hardaker is staking his claim
Leeds triumphed in the Grand Final on Saturday
Departure of club legands marks the end of an epoch for the Rhinos
The Grand Final and England v Uruguay are both being played in Manchester, but league and union remain miles apart in terms of respect
The League's bottom four teams will compete with the top four in the Championship for the other four places in the following year's competition
The two divisions of 12 will divide into three of eight during the season
The England coach, Steve McNamara, is to join the coaching staff of the Sydney Roosters, but is to continue to take charge of the national team on a part-time basis.
Olympic sprint bronze medallist who achieved unwanted fame through one game of rugby league
Two tries apiece from Brett Morris and Billy Slater plus another from Cooper Cronk see the Kangaroos ease to World Cup glory
While the New Zealand coach, Stephen Kearney, is doing his best to give his world champions the tag of underdogs before Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia, Kangaroos forward Greg Bird is having none of it.
Gatland praises New Zealand's last gasp victories in both rugby union and rugby league last week and challenges his Wales team to do the same
The European Cup winner was a survivor of the Munich air disaster
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.
The two-time Golden Boot winner was detained by police after the incident which happened following Australia's victory over Ireland
The Reds currently sit third in the Premier League
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