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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.

Justin Poore show of temper leaves Wakefield at mercy of Sam Tomkins

Wakefield scored more points against Wigan than any side this season and are bound to wonder what they might have done yesterday if they had not played for 70 minutes with 12 men.

Sam Powell crosses for a score during Wigan’s 84-6 win over Hull KR

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Despite injuries and a tough schedule Warriors are showing signs the glory days could be back

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Wigan ensured that they would finish the Easter programme on top of Super League with an overwhelming 84-6 victory at Hull KR yesterday.

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Gareth Hock of Widnes is barred from facing his old club, Wigan

Widnes stupid over Gareth Hock, says Shaun Wane

Most of the pre-match build-up for today’s meeting between Wigan and Widnes has concentrated on a man who could be playing for either team, but will turn out for neither.

Widnes angry at Gareth Hock clause

Widnes coach Denis Betts has criticised Wigan for refusing to allow England forward Gareth Hock to play against them this weekend.

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Tony Iro, The former Wigan player, is one of the coaches linked with the vacant role at Salford

Alan Hunte short on time as Salford cast net wider

Alan Hunte's stint as Salford's interim coach – to borrow the term made infamous by Rafa Benitez recently – could start and finish with Sunday's match at Wakefield.

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Salford look at Brian Noble option

The former Great Britain coach Brian Noble is in contention to succeed Phil Veivers as the next Salford head coach, according to the club's owner, Marwan Koukash.

Wigan Warriors lose prop Lee Mossop

The Wigan Warriors and England prop Lee Mossop will be out of action for 12 weeks after dislocating his shoulder during the 48-18 victory over London Broncos on Saturday.

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There was another thriller down the road from Wakefield at Castleford, where the Catalan Dragons came away with a 17-17 draw.

Stefan Marsh, of Widnes, is tackled by Hull KR’s Michael Dobson and Kris Welham

Cockayne leads Wakefield whitewash

There is no more effective winger in Super League at the moment than Wakefield's Ben Cockayne.

Mo Farah wins in Newcastle in September – his last competitive race

Golden memories put pressure on Mo Farah to start season with win

Kenya training and weak field should help GB's Olympic star serve up victory to sell-out crowd

Familiar foe: Stuart Fielden will face former club Wigan

Stuart Fielden plays down his Wigan reunion

When Stuart Fielden takes the field for Huddersfield against Wigan this afternoon he will have made more appearances for his new club than he did for his old employers over the last two seasons.

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Owen Farrell v Jonny Wilkinson: How do the England No 10s compare?

How does England's current No 10 compare to the Red Roses' most famous one of all?

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