Sport Steve McNamara has been retained by England despite their defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final last month

The England coach, Steve McNamara, is to join the coaching staff of the Sydney Roosters, but is to continue to take charge of the national team on a part-time basis.

England’s Sam Tomkins, left, is tackled by France’s Éloi Pélissier, right

Steve McNamara demands massive improvement against Kiwis

England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.

Catalan Dragons aim to add spirit to French flair

This weekend’s quarter-finals are a testing time for the World Cup, not so much for the nations which are expected to go through as for the tournament as a whole.

Clawson: a skilful, ball-handling forward who could kick – a type of player virtually extinct in today’s game

Terry Clawson: Rugby league hard man who won the 1972 World Cup

He enjoyed the reputation of being hard to handle, and he liked to get his retaliation in first

Menzies has maintained his high standards right to his retirement at 39 and will be difficult to replace

Giants face a test of their powers of concentration

Huddersfield face an early test of their ability to get their minds back on business when they go to Bradford today.

Gareth Hock

Big-spending Salford announce 12 new signings including Gareth Hock and Rangi Chase

They will be a part of the re-named Red Devils ahead of the 2014 season

The Sport Matrix: Monday 2 September 2013

Injury headache adds to frustrating day for Hodgson

Jason Chan: Huddersfield's Papua New Guinean forward went over twice

Huddersfield 40 Wakefield 0 match report: Giants rampage to top table for first time in 81 years

One of the longest waits in rugby league ended last night as the Giants clinched possession of the League Leaders’ Shield.

Eorl Crabtree crossed the line for Huddersfield in their 26-12 win over London Broncos

Rugby League: Huddersfield Giants one win away from claiming maiden League Leader's Shield

Coach Paul Anderson relieved after tough 26-12 victory over London Broncos

Dave Hadfield: Return of promotion and relegation set alarm bells ringing in Super League

Super League clubs may look back on this week as the time when the turkeys voted for Christmas.

Ali Lauitiiti : The Wildcat back-rower grabbed his first try of the season

Kirmond keeps the Wildcats on prowl

Wakefield 24 Widnes 14

The Sport Matrix: Monday 01 July 2013

Williams suffers shock defeat to world No 24 Lisicki

Smith’s drop steals limelight from Crooks

Hull 26 Wakefield 27

Broncos set to pitch Soward straight into vital dogfight with Salford

The London Broncos’ new short-term signing, Jamie Soward, could jump straight off the plane from Australia and into the side to play Salford this afternoon.

Ah Van returns to haunt Bulls

Two late tries by Patrick ah Van at his former club steered Widnes to a 32-28 win at Bradford.

Australia's Kurtley Beale joins fall guys without a leg to stand on

It is one of the mad ironies of rugby that a Lions Test of ebb and flow, bash and sashay, and 43 players whose every aching moment is dedicated to standing up for their mates should come down to one kick by one man. Kurtley Beale's final-minute penalty attempt to win the match for Australia transported him out of the ultimate team game into the loneliness of the long-distance goal-kicker. His miss and the manner of it, as his standing left leg slipped from under him and he fell flat on his back on the spiteful Suncorp Stadium turf, joined the horrible history of defeats settled in a single act.

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