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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.

Wales' James Hook practises his kicking in Brisbane yesterday

Menzies to break League's age record

Steve Menzies is set to break a Super League record today as the Catalan Dragons forward, at the age of 38 and 188 days, becomes the oldest player to play in the competition.

England omit veteran Morley

Great Britain's most capped player, Adrian Morley, has been left out of the England squad for the fixtures against the Exiles on 16 June and 4 July.

Charnley shows scoring touch to put Wigan clear at the summit

Huddersfield 12 Wigan 32

Martinez the Man: Born 13 July 1973, Balaguer, Spain

Ian Herbert: Fenway Sports Group have identified their Billy Beane in Roberto Martinez

In so many ways Martinez fits the criteria which FSG has laid out for a Liverpool manager

Giants cut loose to storm into last four

Huddersfield Giants 50 London Broncos 14
Paul Wellens scored an early try for St Helens but Wigan knocked them out of the Challenge Cup

Round-Up: Warrington show their cup pedigree with French win

Warrington, Challenge Cup winners in 2009 and 2010, are within one match of a return to Wembley after a 32-22 victory over the Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

Jon Wilkin is expected to return for St Helens against Wigan

Wane hopes Saints will wilt under pressure in cup derby

The Wigan coach, Shaun Wane, said that St Helens will go into today's Challenge Cup quarter-final at the DW Stadium "underdone".

Blackburn manager Steve Kean says he and Venky's are around for the long term

Blackburn manager Steve Kean insists he and owners Venky's are staying long term while mystery surrounds the position of deputy chief executive Paul Hunt.

Lisa Nandy: Foster carers should get more money for the work they do

The right fostering placement can completely transform children's lives. It can be the make or break point for them and equally it can be devastating for a young person to be put into the wrong situation. Fostering is incredibly important for families in crisis, but a real and pressing problem has largely gone unnoticed and shortages of carers unaddressed for too long.

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Wigan drawn against St Helens in Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Holders Wigan will play St Helens in the quarter-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Bryan Robson and Alex Ferguson at United's training ground

Bryan Robson: Manchester United will rebuild even if they pip City to the Premier League title

Bryan Robson believes that the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, would view winning the Premier League this season as one of his greatest triumphs, given the resources available at Manchester City, who are his only challengers.

GMB union welcomes £250 Wigan Council pay rise

Union leaders have welcomed a council decision to give a £250 wage rise to some of its workers, saying it breaks a national pay freeze policy.

Blackburn’s Steve Kean feels the pressure against Swansea
Roberto Martinez cannot believe some of the decisions at the Bridge

Martinez faces FA charge for 'disgusting' comment

Roberto Martinez is today waiting to discover if he will face a Football Association charge for his outspoken attack on assistant referee Dave Bryan and officials in general after Wigan's unlucky 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

Juan to savour: Chelsea's Juan Mata scores late on to earn his side a 2-1 victory and deny Wigan a priceless point in their battle against relegation

Martinez furious over Chelsea's offside goals

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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