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.

Relegation fears add edge to derby

Today's game between Wakefield and Castleford has all the elements of rugby league that John Kear relishes and specialises in.

League clampdown on betting after Leaf's suspension

The Rugby League has warned players tempted to have a bet against their team that there will be no hiding place. The Doncaster captain Shaun Leaf has been provisionally suspended after allegedly placing a bet on them to lose Sunday's Challenge Cup tie to Wakefield by more than 38 points.

Nigel Wright: Busy juggling Canary Wharf gym job and leading Barrow

A former Wigan favourite plans to give his old club a proper workout in the cup

Tigers target return to winning ways

Castleford hope to use tonight's derby with Leeds to get back to winning ways in the Super League after being one of only three clubs to draw a blank over Easter.

Leeds count on McGuire to boost stuttering season

Danny McGuire will give Leeds a major boost today when he returns for his first game this year. The Test stand-off has been out of action since damaging his knee in last year's play-offs and has missed the Rhinos' uninspiring start to the season.

Hull KR pick Dobson as time runs out for Mason

Hull KR have performed a complete about-turn on the eve of today's Humberside derby by deregistering Willie Mason and picking Michael Dobson. Dobson was deregistered with an ankle injury while Mason waited for a Tongan passport to make him exempt from the overseas quota.

Castleford stadium plans win backing

Castleford have moved a step closer to a new stadium with the granting of detailed planning permission for their proposed home near the M62. Wakefield Council have given their go-ahead to the 13,300-capacity development at Glasshoughton, on the edge of the town.

Castleford given green light for new stadium

Castleford moved a major step closer to realising their dream of moving into a new state-of-the-art stadium today when they were given full planning permission for the project.

Gleeson in demand after Wigan departure

Three Super League clubs are being linked with Martin Gleeson now that his Wigan career is over. The 30-year-old former Great Britain centre had the remaining 18 months of his contract cancelled, with the club saying that distractions off the field prevented him from carrying on at the club.

Ill-discipline takes its toll on Crusaders

Castleford 56 Crusaders 16

Eastmond nears exit after Saints suspend him for obscene gesture

Kyle Eastmond could have played his last game for St Helens after the club suspended him for allegedly making an obscene gesture at his own fans. The scrum-half, who is moving to rugby union with Bath at the end of the season, is accused of making the sign at the end of Saints' home defeat by Harlequins last Friday.

Loss of pivotal Dobson is likely to hit Rovers hard

Two Super League sides will get some indication today of how they will cope in the absence of pivotal players. For Hull KR, the portents are not good. They lined up without Michael Dobson for the first time in 79 matches last week and squandered an early 12-point lead to lose 32-18 to the Catalans Dragons, last season's wooden-spoon recipients.

Mark Evans: 'Is it healthy for rugby to rely on a handful of rich men?'

As Quins' outspoken chief executive Mark Evans steps down, he tells Chris Hewett that a money-dominated Premiership will bring ruin

Agar feels the heat as Hull's winless streak continues

The pressure on Hull coach Richard Agar increased with their third defeat in as many matches in the new Super League season yesterday. Former Hull player Danny Brough did the damage, setting up three of Huddersfield's four tries in a 20-10 win.

Wakefield Wildcats will consider groundshare with Castleford Tigers

Wakefield Wildcats chief executive James Elston claims the club may now be prepared to consider a groundshare with neighbours Castleford Tigers.

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