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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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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

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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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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.

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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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Cockayne leads Wakefield whitewash

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

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