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Billy Slater and Nate Myles at Old Trafford

Billy Slater fit to return for Australia and exorcise his 2008 demon

Billy Slater looks ready to take his place in Australia’s side to try to win back the World Cup his mistake cost them five years ago. The Melbourne full-back was player of the tournament in 2008. In the final, however, it was his error that created the winning try for the Kiwis’ Benji Marshall. This time, he missed the semi-final against Fiji after aggravating a knee injury in the last group game against the US and there were fears he might have to sit out his chance for revenge in this afternoon’s final at Old Trafford.

Ryan mighty: England’s winger Ryan Hall scores his second try last night

England 34 France 6 match report: England feel the width with Ryan Hall and Josh Charnley

England survived an early scare to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, with rather less assurance than New Zealand or Australia, but still with more than enough to spare.

France's rugby league team warm-up before their World Cup match against Samoa

Rugby League World Cup: Shock loss for France against Samoa sets-up quarter-final clash with England

Thge French had hoped to face Fiji in the last eight but a 22-6 defeat to Samoa means they will meet the hosts for a place in the semi-finals

Rob Burrow spared England’s blushes against Fiji

Rob Burrow increases England options for Steve McNamara

Rob Burrow demonstrated at the weekend that a role has to be found for him in the latter stages of the tournament, as England look to progress beyond the quarter-finals.

Michael McIlorum has won out over James Roby as hooker

World Cup: Steve McNamara determined to qualify on a high

England’s progress into the World Cup quarter-finals might look a formality, but they are preparing themselves for a searching physical test from Fiji in their final group game in Hull this afternoon.

Paul Wood in the thick of the action against Wigan this season

Paul Wood handed a perfect stage to put the horrors of depression behind him

Final call is reward for rediscovering his best form after infamous injury and life lows

All four of the Burgess brothers: (L-R) Tom, George, Luke and Sam with their mother Julie

Rugby League World Cup: Eorl Crabtree misses out as Steve McNamara names three Burgess brothers in England squad

McNamara revealed that uncapped twins George and Tom will join older brother Sam in the 24-man squad

Sean O'Loughlin has missed the play-offs with an Achilles injury

Sam Tomkins wants Sean O’Loughlin to lift Super League trophy for Wigan

Sam Tomkins hopes to be relieved of the Wigan captaincy for his last game for the club – Saturday’s Super League Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford.

Sam Tomkins' last game for Wigan will be in the Grand Final

Wigan 22 Leeds 12: Richards shines on home swansong to end Leeds’ reign

Leeds’ proud, tenacious run as the rulers of Super League is over, after their patched-up and battle-weary side was outlasted by Wigan.

The Sport Matrix: Friday 27 September 2013

Taylor wants Fifa to act over 'hybrid' boots issues

Simon Grix goes over for his first and Warrington’s third try

Warrington 30 Huddersfield 22 match report: Wolves edge past Giants to book Grand Final spot

Last season's beaten finalists will contest the Super League Grand Final after narrowly getting the better of Huddersfield for the fourth time in 2013. Two tries from their leading scorer, Joel Monaghan, put them on their way to victory as the Wolves showed again that they are the one side that has the Giants' number.

M62 closed during rush hour as man falls from bridge and is killed by lorry

Two lanes in Cheshire reopened following incident this morning

Wolves choose to take on Giants in Super League play-off semi-finals

Warrington have chosen to play Huddersfield in the Super League play-off semi-finals.The tie, which is a repeat of the 2009 Challenge Cup final won by the Wolves, will be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday.

Tony Smith and Warrington could face disciplinary action after the coach elected not to show up for the ClubCall announcement

Warrington Wolves pick Huddersfield Giants as opponents in Super League semi-finals but Tony Smith absence could prove costly

Surprising choice in the controversial ClubCall decision means reigning champions Leeds Rhinos will meet Wigan Warriors for a place in Old Trafford final

Leeds 11 St Helens 10: Danny McGuire’s kick edges thriller

The habitual Super League champions of Leeds clung onto their crown, but only thanks to a late Danny McGuire drop goal at the end of an epic. Saints had fought back from 10 points down, only for the Rhinos to do what they do so well at this time of year.

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