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

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.

Killeen, second from left, celebrates St Helens' Challenge Cup final win against Wigan in 1966

Len Killeen: Rugby league player who found fame in Britain and Australia

South African rugby union players who made a successful transition to rugby league were not unusual in the 1960s. Where Len Killeen was unique was in the success he achieved on both sides of the world. An accomplished left-winger with the ball in his hands, Killeen had an extra string to his bow. He was many of his contemporaries' choice as the best goal-kicker they ever saw, especially when the pressure was on.

Round-up: Cudjoe helps Huddersfield seal fourth as Hull impress

Huddersfield sewed up fourth place in the Super League table with a 50-12 win over Harlequins yesterday. The Giants put some ordinary form behind them with a convincing display, with Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle and Jermaine McGillvary scoring two tries apiece. They now face a visit to Warrington or Wigan in the first round of the play-offs.

Wigan's Cup hangover lets slip Shield chance to hungry Wolves

Warrington 39 Wigan 12

Quiet man Greene enjoying his elevation to British golden boy

Welcome to the world of Dai Greene, the new golden boy of British athletics.

Matterson looks to seal play-off berth for Cas

Finishing in Super League's top eight might not sound like cause for dancing in the street, but for many clubs that is what defines the difference between an acceptable season and a disappointing one.

Veteran Thomas to join Wigan

Gareth Thomas is set to become a shock first signing for next season by the Challenge Cup winners, Wigan. The former Wales rugby union captain, the second-oldest player in Super League at 37, has been left without a contract by Crusaders dropping out of the competition.

Tomkins handed suspended fine

Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins has been found guilty of minor misconduct over his two-fingered salute to the Leeds fans during Saturday's Challenge Cup final win over the Rhinos.

Tomkins sorry for V-sign to crowd

Sam Tomkins has apologised for his V-sign to Leeds fans during Wigan's Challenge Cup final victory at Wembley on Saturday.

Tomkins plays down v-sign row after Wigan roll back the years

Wigan 28 Leeds 18: Leeds' stirring comeback comes to nothing as Warriors secure their first Challenge Cup triumph at Wembley since 1995

Lima helps Wigan rise to Challenge

Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 28

Between The Covers: 28/08/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Tomkins, the Wigan legend in the making, relishes final buzz

Young star excited by date at Wembley as former players line up to hail him the future of the club

Leeds take a chance on injured Watkins in Wembley squad

Teenage centre only rated 50/50 to be fit to face odds-on favourites Wigan in Challenge Cup final

Crusaders hope to play in Championship

Crusaders, whose continued existence has been in doubt since they pulled out of next year's Super League, have applied to play in the Championship.

Watkins '50-50' for Wembley final

Leeds' Kallum Watkins describes himself as "50-50" for Saturday's Challenge Cup final at Wembley. The 19-year-old centre twisted his knee during the defeat by Harlequins at the weekend, putting his place against Wigan in jeopardy.

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