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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

Royce Simmons could miss start of St Helens season

St Helens’ new coach, Royce Simmons, could miss the start of the Super League season after flying home to Australia because of a family illness.

General Patten to guide Reds through minefield

Australian full-back is one of several high-profile recruits who can help Salford to secure their Super League future

Crusaders look to the future with Moore

Crusaders have confirmed the signing of the Wakefield prop Richard Moore on a three-year contract – their first foray into the transfer market since assuring their future. The Wrexham-based club came out of administration on Christmas Eve and moved quickly to complete the deal with the 29-year-old front-rower, previously with Bradford, London Broncos and Leigh.

Goulding handed date with 'The Beast'

England have put their faith in Darrell Goulding for their opening match of the Four Nations against New Zealand in Wellington tomorrow. The uncapped Wigan winger has been drafted in to replace Leeds' Ryan Hall, who has not recovered from a hamstring injury.

Clubb and Griffin give England's Four Nations bid southern accent

Kent man with dogs 'Chas 'n' Dave' and prop who knows David Cameron typify league's growth beyond traditional heartland

Smith plans to bow out on unlikely high in Final

He grew up at Everton with Wayne Rooney. Now he's capping a famous comeback for St Helens

Biting allegations overshadow Hull KR's 'massive' win

The Rugby League is waiting for reports from match officials before deciding what action to take over biting allegations in the Hull derby play-off. Hull KR beat their neighbours, Hull, 21-4 on Saturday to progress to the next stage, but their victory could leave a sour taste.

Castleford sign 'one of league's best wingers' in Youngquest

Castleford have completed the signing of Crusaders' Nick Youngquest on a two-year contract. The Australian winger or centre first caught the eye playing for Gateshead last year. He will continue playing for Crusaders in this season's Super League play-offs and is in the squad to travel to Huddersfield tomorrow.

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Chiles and Bleakley's 'Daybreak' looked different – but felt like 'GMTV'

Richards runs Bulls ragged as Wigan enjoy a lap of honour

Wigan 34 Bradford 12

Magic Weekend moves back to the Millennium

Next season will start with a weekend of seven matches at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the Rugby League has announced.

Ex-Manly man Perry still on for Saints start

St Helens' new signing, Josh Perry, has been in touch with the club to reassure them that there is no danger of him missing the start of his first season with them.

Leeds left short after Ablett loses appeal

The Leeds forward Carl Ablett has failed in his bid to play in tomorrow's Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens.

Youngquest hat-trick leads Crusaders rout

Crusaders 60 Salford 16

Katy Guest: As you won't go north, Mr Salmon, bags I your chips

When I was asked to write about the top 10 reasons why the North is just as good as the South, my first reaction was "as good?" and my second was "only 10?" Londoners will have you believe the world ends at Cricklewood, in Lincolnshire there be dragons, and that north of Watford it's all the bleedin' same, innit? Northerners will say, "The best thing about the North? Well, just everything, really."

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