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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