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

Long can add to Leeds' defensive woe

Rugby League

Harrison believes Rugby League needs to re-focus

Former Great Britain star Karl Harrison believes the Rugby Football League have got their strategy wrong as they look to grow the sport to a wider audience.

Greenwood is banished by Batley so will coach cup opponents Siddal

Lee Greenwood will be coaching his amateur side Siddal rather than playing for his professional one Batley when the two meet in the Carnegie Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Hodgson's hat-trick has Huddersfield looking up

Huddersfield 24 Castleford 0

Broughton returns to haunt Hull

Salford City Reds 27 Hull 20

Lyne called up as Hull hope youth can add to Reds' pain

Hull, whose recruitment for this season has been more obviously based on older players, could field their youngest-ever pair of Super League wingers at Salford today.

McNamara says Super League XV is toughest yet

Bradford Bulls coach Steve McNamara believes Super League XV is shaping up to be the toughest season for quite some time.

Rhinos lose Donald for three months

Leeds Rhinos will be without their accomplished right-winger Scott Donald, not just for Sunday's World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm, but for the next three months. Donald has been told he needs a shoulder reconstruction after suffering the injury against Salford last weekend.

Cheep stunt lands Rufus in trouble

Hull KR could be forced to clip the wings of their mascot, Rufus the Robin, after complaints about his behaviour at the derby match against Hull last month.

Leeds can thrive on head start

The Super League champions begin their season a week early tonight – their rivals may struggle to catch them up

Leeds bow makes Eastwood's day

Greg Eastwood will finally make his Leeds debut on Friday, more than a year after he was originally scheduled to do so. The Kiwi forward, who played in New Zealand's 2008 World Cup-winning team, was meant to join the Rhinos the following season, but the move was held up by visa problems.

Noble faces tough start

Crusaders coach admits to sleepless nights after club's frantic switch to Wrexham

Lack of practice a big problem

Preparations for the coming season have been badly disrupted by the heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures across the north of England. Clubs are facing the prospect of starting their Super League campaigns with only one friendly match under their belts – and that's if they are lucky.

Deacon offers escape from cabin fever

The Wigan-Saints derby leads the traditional roll call of festive friendlies. Dave Hadfield points out all the tussles worth getting cold for

Hayne promises no mistakes against England

Australia's player of the year, Jarryd Hayne, believes that the danger of missing a major final for the first time since 1954 will galvanise him and his fellow countrymen this weekend.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee