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Kylie Leuluai's return will bring Leeds' pack back up to strength

Rhinos looking for final charge past Tomkins

Leeds and Wigan are under pressure today not only to reach Wembley, but also to do it in style and put on a morale-boosting show in their Challenge Cup semi-final.

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Bradford Bulls make 16 redundancies, including head coach Mick Potter

The axe fell on staff at beleaguered Bradford Bulls today when Brendan Guilfoyle, the man appointed as administrator, announced 16 redundancies.

New Bulls can finish season

Super League will allow Bradford Bulls to finish the season as a new company even if the club goes into liquidation in coming weeks, so that results from this year would not have to be expunged – the four-time Super League champions are ninth in the table with nine games left.

McNamara has healthy squad for Exiles Test

The England coach, Steve McNamara, has reported a clean bill of health for Saturday's International Origin Test against the Exiles at Langtree Park.

Andy Farrell (right) and Stuart Lancaster during the Six Nations

Farrell opens door for surprise return to national service

Highly rated coach walks out on Saracens to pave the way for a reunion with the England set-up

Declan Kidney: The Ireland coach's lack of Lions experience counts against him in terms of the top position

Declan Kidney knows Ireland must play without fear in New Zealand

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney knows his side must play with no fear if they are to upset world champions New Zealand on their own patch.

Shaun Edwards has been linked with a move to the RFU

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards to join London Irish

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards is to join the London Irish coaching staff after the Grand Slam winners' summer tour to Australia.

Ian Humphreys from Ulster

London Irish sign fly-half Ian Humphreys from Ulster

London Irish have confirmed the signing of fly-half Ian Humphreys from this season's Heineken Cup finalists Ulster.

Alker confesses to taking drugs

The former Salford captain Malcolm Alker faces an investigation by UK Anti-Doping after claiming he took drugs while still playing in Super League.

London Irish sign rugby league star Setaimata Sa

London Irish have announced the signing of Catalan Dragons rugby league star Setaimata Sa on a three-year deal.

Sale Sharks and Bath set for Heineken Cup qualification face-off

Sale Sharks and Bath will continue their quest for the one remaining prize available to them this season when they clash at Edgeley Park tomorrow night.

Leeds Rhinos desperate for Challenge Cup success

Richard Mathers has some wonderful memories of Leeds' Challenge Cup final exploits but he will be doing his best to deny his old club a third consecutive trip to Wembley when he returns to Headingley with Wakefield for tomorrow's fourth-round tie.

Draper is currently under pressure after it was announced last week Sport England have cut their funding by £530,000

British tennis chief Roger Draper shrugs off criticism

British tennis chief Roger Draper insists he will take recent criticism on the chin after claiming the Lawn Tennis Association are “an easy target” for people to “have a bit of a pop at”.

Rampant Giants end Hull's winning sequence

Huddersfield stayed top of the Super League after a full Easter Monday programme, beating Hull 22-4 at the Galpharm Stadium. The Giants scored three tries in the last 20 minutes of a hard-fought match, through Eorl Crabtree, Luke Robinson and Joe Wardle, to end Hull's winning run at six matches. Danny Brough kicked five goals for Huddersfield and Danny Tickle kicked two for Hull.

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