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

The KC Stadium will host a group match

2013 Rugby League World Cup plans announced

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be staged in four countries, the Rugby Football League announced today.

Salford head coach Matt Parish quits after six months

Salford head coach Matt Parish has quit the Super League club just six months into the job.

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Lomax turns on the class as Saints make sure of third place

St Helens 31 Salford 6

Dan Lydiate: 'I woke up after the op and wiggled my toes... I was so happy'

The Brian Viner Interview: The Wales flanker reveals how his dreams of World Cup glory – and a spell on a farm in Llandrindod Wells – helped him overcome a terrifying accident four years ago

Sam Warburton: Clean living, laid back and ready

Captain epitomises a Wales squad in tip-top shape for the World Cup

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If we don't support worthwhile activities to inspire today's youth, how can we expect them to be valuable and valued members of society (Janet Street-Porter, 14 August)? Governments have chipped away at schools' sports and arts curricula for decades in the mistaken hope that children would be better equipped for the world with more academic subjects pushed at them. But children need a broad and varied curriculum to be able to make sense of the world and to know what they are good at. PE and the arts have been at the bottom of the primary curriculum pile for years, so children leave school with the idea that getting involved with teams, bands and the like isn't important.

Flying Charnley can join Warrior wing hall of fame

A year ago, Josh Charnley was still waiting to make his first-team debut for Wigan and was regarded as one for the future. So rapid has been his progress since then that on Saturday he will follow in the footprints of the great wingers, such as Billy Boston, Martin Offiah and Jason Robinson, who have shone for the club at Wembley.

Moore handed a second chance at Headingley

Leeds have re-signed Richard Moore, over a decade after showing him the door at Headingley. The 30-year-old prop, who has spent the last two seasons with Crusaders, has agreed a three-year contract, starting in 2012.

Widnes to use artificial pitch in groundbreaking move

Widnes are to break new ground next season by playing their Super League matches on an artificial pitch. The Vikings will install the "i-pitch" – also known as 4G for fourth generation – at the Stobart Stadium this autumn and have it ready for pre-season training.

Late rally by Salford fails to halt Rhinos' charge

Salford 22 Leeds 30

Wakey set to get boot from Super League

Trinity's history will count for little today as they will lose top-flight status when clubs' fate is revealed

World Cup attracts venue bids from across the country

The Rugby League has received applications from 25 towns and cities to stage matches in the 2013 World Cup. The 14-team tournament has attracted bids from all the major heartland areas, as well as from other centres, like Bolton and Bristol.

Matt Parish eager to impress at Salford City Reds

New Salford City Reds head coach Matt Parish guest stars in the latest edition of the ever popular PROBIZ Tryline.

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

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Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment