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

Reds add 'The General' for Willows' last battle

Salford have made the first major signing for their final season at The Willows as they bid to retain their Super League licence for 2012. The Canterbury full-back Luke Patten will arrive next season on a three-year contract after the City Reds beat several other clubs for his services.

Rhinos move into top four after shackling brave Salford

Salford 22 Leeds 31

St Hilaire determined to kick losing habit

Bradford go to Hull KR today trying to avoid equalling a club record losing run. The Bulls have lost 10 on the trot, a sequence that saw Steve McNamara leave to concentrate on his England duties. That has left Lee St Hilaire in charge until Mick Potter takes over for next season and he does not want to set that sort of record on his watch.

England bring Tongan Manu into fold

Hull's Australian-born Tongan international second-rower, Willie Manu, is in line to become the latest overseas player to appear for England. Manu played for Tonga in the 2008 World Cup, but qualifies for England by residence, having been with Hull for nearly four seasons, and made himself available.

Round-up: Castleford eye up play-off place after Widders double

Stand-off Dean Widders grabbed two tries in a five-minute spell to help Castleford leapfrog their neighbours Wakefield into the top eight with a crucial 40-16 victory in an entertaining Super League derby at The Jungle yesterday.

Bulls coach McNamara quits after eight-match losing run

Steve Mcnamara has walked away from his club job at Bradford and will now concentrate full-time on coaching England. McNamara was supposed to be combining the two roles for the rest of this season, but the Bulls' dismal run of eight defeats in a row has forced a rethink on both sides.

Holdsworth class boosts Salford

Salford 17 Harlequins 14

Cas fined £40,000 for Thomas abuse

Castleford have been fined £40,000 for the homophobic abuse aimed at Gareth Thomas by a section of their crowd when they played Crusaders at The Jungle in March.

Gleeson returns for Wigan's next crusade

Wigan have had better news about their injured second-rower Lee Mossop but must still find a replacement for him for the match with Crusaders at Wrexham today. A shoulder operation has shown that Mossop will be out for a month, rather than the three that was originally feared.

Ellis and Burgess called up to face France

England have called up both their Australian-based Test forwards, Gareth Ellis and Sam Burgess, for next month's international against France.

Work underway at last on Salford stadium

Work has officially begun on Salford's new stadium, after 10 years of delays and frustration. The project took a significant stride forward yesterday with a ground-breaking ceremony at the site at Barton. The club's chairman John Wilkinson called it "a landmark occasion in the history of Salford Rugby Club."

Smith's treble stuns Saints

Salford City Reds 42 St Helens 34

Dragons lose fire of Fakir to union

Catalans Dragons are to lose their second-rower Jamal Fakir to rugby union – for a year at least. The France international has agreed a 12-month deal with Castres, with an option to extend it if he settles. Even as he signed, however, Fakir said that he expected to be back in rugby league at some stage.

Castleford begin running repairs

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