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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

Phil Veivers lost his job as Salford coach after the defeat to Broncos

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Salford's slump into bottom place in Super League has cost their coach, Phil Veivers, his job.

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The new Widnes captain Kevin Brown will make his debut against Hull this evening.  Brown was signed from Huddersfield this winter but  has watched the first four games of the season from the stands after suffering a leg injury in training.

Stefan Marsh, of Widnes, is tackled by Hull KR’s Michael Dobson and Kris Welham

Cockayne leads Wakefield whitewash

There is no more effective winger in Super League at the moment than Wakefield's Ben Cockayne.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 12 February 2013

Liverpool pay the penalty as West Brom steal win

Leeds suffer shock loss to Castleford

Castleford pulled off what will surely rank as one of the upsets of the season by beating the champions, Leeds, 14-12. The Tigers shocked the Rhinos by leading in the first half with tries from Jordan Tansey and Jake Webster out-weighing one from Danny McGuire. Leeds led after the break thanks to Ryan Hall's try but two late penalties from Jamie Ellis sealed a famous victory

Wildcats boosted by return of Tim Smith

Wakefield Trinity hope that their player of the year last season, Tim Smith, will redirect their poor start to this campaign today.

Round-up: Marsh double gives Widnes reasons to be cheerful

Last season's bottom club, Widnes, got off to a more encouraging start to this season of Super League with a 28-14 win at the London Broncos. The Vikings were without their two big signings, Gareth Hock and Kevin Brown, with injuries, but Stefan Marsh stepped up to the plate with two tries.

Brian Barwick goes from FA to RFL

Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has been appointed as the new non-executive chairman of the Rugby Football League.

Dan’s the man: Daniel Holdsworth is one of the players who left Salford; he may solve Hull’s half-back problem as the club try to threaten the ‘Big Four’

Saving Salford gives much-needed boost

Dr Koukash flies in to ensure a full line-up of clubs start the new season

The sporting week ahead (06/01/13)

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Former England No 10 Danny Cipriani racked up 18 points
Jim Mallinder says the timing is not right for him to take charge of England

Northampton wary of 'motivated' Sale says Jim Mallinder

Northampton are boosted by the return of Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley from injury tonight but Jim Mallinder expects a tough test from a Sale side buoyed by John Mitchell's arrival.

The Sports Matrix: Saturday 10 November 2012

Terry waits on injury as Dzeko sends out message

Nick Evans of Harlequins

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Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea feels that Christmas has come early for his Aviva Premiership leaders after playmaker Nick Evans agreed a new three-year contract.

Heineken Cup round-up: Cipriani inspired Sale overcome Cardiff

Danny Cipriani was Sale's hero as the Premiership strugglers overturned a 27-12 deficit to gain a dramatic, morale-boosting triumph over Cardiff on their return to the Heineken Cup.

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