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.

Senior charged after accusing World Club referee of 'arrogance'

Keith Senior has been charged with breaching the Rugby League's operational rules with his criticism of the referee, Richard Silverwood, after Leeds' defeat by Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge on Sunday.

Eastmond's solo revives Saints

St Helens 22 Wakefield 16

Orford and Kearney gel to revitalise Bradford

Bradford 41 Castleford 22

Dragons arrested after fracas in Leeds

Players allegedly involved in early morning brawl after Sunday's defeat by Wakefield

Catalan players arrested after altercation in Leeds

Five players from French Super League club Catalans Dragons have been arrested following an alleged brawl in Leeds city centre.

Age before beauty in Super League

Father figures, elder statesmen and iconic oldies are all the rage in this year's competition. Steve Menzies is the daddy of them all at 36 as a growing band of thirtysomethings hope to prove more influential than ever

Bolger poised for Quins debut

The rapid promotion of Ben Bolger into today's squad shows how badly stretched Harlequins are for the start of the Super League season.

Leeds can thrive on head start

The Super League champions begin their season a week early tonight – their rivals may struggle to catch them up

Noble faces tough start

Crusaders coach admits to sleepless nights after club's frantic switch to Wrexham

Kear remains at Wakefield, say Wildcats

Wakefield have dismissed suggestions that their coach, John Kear, could leave to take charge of England. Kear has been linked with the job since Tony Smith confirmed that he would not seek to extend his contract after last season's Four Nations tournament.

Praise for 'inspirational' Prescott

The Rugby League has congratulated Steve Prescott, who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for his charity work.

Blanch to miss start of Super League season with injury

Ireland's World Cup winger, Damien Blanch, has suffered another major setback which will keep him out of the early rounds of the Super League season.

Crusaders move for Martin and Witt

The Welsh Super League club, Crusaders, have added two more experienced Australians to their squad for next season.

Sport in brief: Burrow begins battle to regain England place on Boxing Day

Rugby League: Rob Burrow will begin his campaign to win back his England scrum-half spot by captaining Leeds on Boxing Day.

Crusaders aiming to add Mason as Youngquest and Winterstein sign

Crusaders have confirmed their first two overseas signings for next season and hope Willie Mason could be the third. The relocated Welsh Super League club, who play their first game at Wrexham at the end of January, have recruited the Australian Nick Youngquest, who impressed at full-back for Gateshead in the Co-operative Championship this year.

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