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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.

Round-up: Wolves rally to stay in race

Warrington came from behind to beat Castleford 40-30 and keep the heat on Super League table-toppers Huddersfield.

Josh Charnley scored 12 points for Wigan in an unconvincing win

Wigan 21 Hull KR 16 match report: Off-colour Wigan return to Super League summit

The Warriors went back to the top of Super League, but only after an uneven performance that left unanswered the key question about Wigan this season: Can they play without Sam Tomkins?

Time is fast running out for League’s capital venture

If London Broncos sincerely believed that getting to Wembley could turn around the fortunes of an ailing club then the manner of their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat adds to the doubts over their long-term future.

London dare to dream of earning Wembley boost

On the face of it, Wigan’s semi-final against the London Broncos could be one of the most one-sided in the history of the Challenge Cup.After all, the match at Leigh pits the side that was leading Super League until last weekend against the established back-markers.

Wigan’s Josh Charnley crosses over for one of his three tries

Wigan home in on Wembley with Charnley-led rout

Wigan 48 Widnes 4

Warrington’s Lee Briers started and finished their second try

Wolves' Ben Currie is too hot for disjointed Bradford

Bradford 12 Warrington 26

Higham seals classic victory for Warrington

Warrington 22 Wigan 12
Jason Crookes is set to replace the injured Tom Briscoe for Hull

Widnes 32 Wigan 33 match report: Lewis Tierney looks like a chip off the old block

On a night when many young players made their mark, Sam Powell kicked a late drop goal and created a try to take Wigan’s winning run to 13.

The North (and Almost Everything in It), By Paul Morley

Mancunian bias, dodgy theories – but this groaning table of northern relish has flavour to spare

Sam Tomkins: The Wigan player scored the opening try for the league leaders

Leeds 16 Wigan 20 match report: Sam Tomkins provides magic as Wigan deny the champions

A fitting climax to the Magic Weekend saw Leeds beaten for the first time in the mid-season showcase as Wigan consolidated their Super League lead, but there was little to choose between the two sides.

Kris Welham hopes to return for Hull KR against Wakefield

Castleford look sharp for Powell’s grand opener

Daryl Powell takes charge of his hometown club for the first time in France this afternoon. The newly appointed Castleford coach takes them to the Catalan Dragons looking for a result to get his reign off to an optimistic start.

Paul Lambert watches his Aston Villa side lose 2-1 to Newcastle

Manchester United v Aston Villa: Paul Lambert hopeful Villa can spoil Old Trafford title party

United can secure the league with victory tonight

Wigan 60 Leigh 10 match report: Clinical Sam Tomkins sweeps Leigh aside as Wigan roll on

There is precious little romance left in the Challenge Cup, as Leigh will attest after this experience of the harsh realities of full-timers playing part-timers.

Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor

Newcastle's Ryan Taylor may miss next season after injury setback

In a cruel blow, Newcastle's Ryan Taylor has suffered a recurrence of the cruciate knee ligament injury which has kept him out of action for the last eight months – just as he was set to return. The 28-year-old midfielder could now miss most, if not all, of next season.

Brian Noble was named as Salford's new coach

Salford City Reds 18 Hull FC 24 match report: Brian Noble sees some positives despite defeat

Salford named Brian Noble as their new coach before kick-off and then gave him a demonstration of the strengths and weaknesses of the squad he will inherit.

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