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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.

Eagles dare to match greatest triumph

Featherstone Rovers 16 Sheffield Eagles 20

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Wigan Warriors 38 Salford City Reds 6

Wolves set to snap at Wigan's heels

Warrington have the chance to turn up the heat on the Super League leaders Wigan when they meet in today's match at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Briers uses experience as wily Wolves feast on Saints

St Helens 12 Warrington 22
Zak attack: Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker scores a try during the Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan

Sinfield takes Leeds back to Wembley

Leeds Rhinos 39 Wigan Warriors 28: Rhinos take spectacular revenge for their defeat in last year's cup final

Ellis proves instant hit as Castleford fell Giants

Jamie Ellis scored a try and 10 goals on his Castleford debut as they beat high-flying Huddersfield 52-10 in one of the shock scorelines of the Super League season yesterday. Ellis, a former St Helens and Leigh half-back, only arrived from Hull last week but he made an immediate difference to his new club.

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Smith plotting future success after signing for the Warriors

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'Stunned' Jenny Meadows won't fight London 2012 snub

British athlete left out of home Games on day she becomes European champion

Elliott Whitehead celebrates scoring Bradford's fourth try

Broken Bradford shake off woes in brave win

Wigan 22 Bradford 30

Charnley claims hat-trick as Wigan exact revenge

Wigan 54 Widnes 12
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McNamara learns nothing new from beating the Exiles

It is debatable how much Steve McNamara really learned from his England team's victory over the best – or some of the best – of Super League's overseas players.

McNamara has healthy squad for Exiles Test

The England coach, Steve McNamara, has reported a clean bill of health for Saturday's International Origin Test against the Exiles at Langtree Park.

Round-up: Huby pounces for Tigers to turn tables and bring end to Salford's winning streak

Salford's winning run ended at three matches as they were pipped at the post by Castleford yesterday. The in-form City Reds were on their way to their fourth victory when Sean Gleeson's try made it 30-22 with time running out.

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