Sport Wigan won last year's Grand Final and the play-offs for the top eight will stay in 2015

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

England’s Sam Tomkins, left, is tackled by France’s Éloi Pélissier, right

Steve McNamara demands massive improvement against Kiwis

England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.

Sam Tomkins confident that England will pull-off 'something special' as they prepare for Rugby League World Cup

The former Wigan Warriors full-back, who has announced he has joined NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes this is the most talented England squad he has been a part of

All four of the Burgess brothers: (L-R) Tom, George, Luke and Sam with their mother Julie

Rugby League World Cup: Eorl Crabtree misses out as Steve McNamara names three Burgess brothers in England squad

McNamara revealed that uncapped twins George and Tom will join older brother Sam in the 24-man squad

Sean O'Loughlin has missed the play-offs with an Achilles injury

Sam Tomkins wants Sean O’Loughlin to lift Super League trophy for Wigan

Sam Tomkins hopes to be relieved of the Wigan captaincy for his last game for the club – Saturday’s Super League Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford.

Adrian Morley, the Warrington captain faces his former side Leeds on Saturday night in the play-offs

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.

Menzies has maintained his high standards right to his retirement at 39 and will be difficult to replace

Giants face a test of their powers of concentration

Huddersfield face an early test of their ability to get their minds back on business when they go to Bradford today.

Gareth Hock

Big-spending Salford announce 12 new signings including Gareth Hock and Rangi Chase

They will be a part of the re-named Red Devils ahead of the 2014 season

BBC breakfast Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid set for Strictly Come Dancing 2013

The BBC Breakfast presenter is reported to have signed for the show

Leeds 12 Hull KR 16: Rhinos’ title hopes hit by brave Rovers

The Champions became the second high-profile casualties in 24 hours of a Super League that genuinely has become wildly unpredictable.

Here’s Jonny: Jonny Brownlee (right) won in Hamburg

Sport In Brief: England suffer whitewash at hands of Black Ferns

England’s women rugby union side crashed to a 3-0 series whitewash in New Zealand after losing their final tour game in Pukekohe yesterday.

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.

Broncos set to pitch Soward straight into vital dogfight with Salford

The London Broncos’ new short-term signing, Jamie Soward, could jump straight off the plane from Australia and into the side to play Salford this afternoon.

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

Brian Noble fails to halt Salford's free fall

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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