Sport England’s Sam Tomkins, left, is tackled by France’s Éloi Pélissier, right

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.

Eorl Crabtree in action against the Wolves. He is relishing putting in a longer shift this season

Injury woes easing for high-riding Giants

It might be early in the Super League season, but the meeting of two unbeaten sides at the Galpharm Stadium today has the look of a match with some long-term significance.

Flares were set off in the relegation tussle between Wigan and Bolton

Flare sparks ban on Wigan supporters

Several Wigan Athletic supporters have been told they are "no longer welcome" at the club after a flare was let off during their Lancashire derby with Bolton. A 16-year-old was charged with possession of a flare after the device was ignited during Saturday's game at the Reebok. Sixteen others were arrested or cautioned for anti-social behaviour.

Cudjoe shows Widnes it is tough at the top

Widnes had a painful lesson in the harsh realities of Super League as they were thrashed 66-6 at Huddersfield in their first away fixture.

Delaney signs new Leeds deal

Brett Delaney has signed a new, three-year contract at Leeds. "He's a back-rower who can play in the centres, rather than a centre who can play in the back-row," said the Leeds coach, Brian McDermott. "He will be a big part of our squad in the years ahead."

OFT investigation offers hope to gym members caught in 'unfair' long contracts

LA Fitness forced Anna Harding to pay £35 a month for membership of a gym it was impossible for her to use. She's not the only victim of what the Office of Fair Trading believes could be "unfair contracts". But the good news is that the practice could soon end.

Former Wigan player Shaun Briscoe

Stobart to sponsor Super League

Super League will be sponsored for the next three years by the transport company Eddie Stobart. The haulier already sponsors Widnes, whose chairman, Steve O'Connor, sold his business to the firm several years ago. Stobart takes over from Engage Assurance.

Northampton have said they will not break the bank to retain Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton signs deal to join Saracens

Chris Ashton will join Saracens next season after being attracted by the opportunity of working with his former Wigan rugby league idol Andy Farrell.

Karl Pryce has returned to his hometown club Bradford Bulls

Pryce signs again for hometown club Bradford

After a five-year tour of the country, Karl Pryce has returned to his hometown club Bradford Bulls.

Will Hawkes: Upsets may be thin on ground but punditry can still be pretty shocking

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Martin Gleeson's career has been dogged by controversy

Gleeson gets three-year drugs ban

The career of the Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson is almost certainly over and those of two other Hull FC employees subject to lengthy interruptions after a drug-testing scandal at the club came to light yesterday.

Roberto Martinez was delighted with a point against Liverpool

Martinez heartened by renewed team spirit

The Wigan manager, Roberto Martinez, believes his side have gained some much-needed momentum to help get their fight for survival under way.

Gelling to fill Tomkins' boots at Wigan

Wigan have completed the signing of the player they hope will fill the gap left by the switch of Joel Tomkins to rugby union with Saracens.

Roberto Martinez: The manager of the top flight's 'happiest club' has the backing of his chairman

Whelan: I won't sack Martinez if we go down

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan insisted yesterday he will not sack manager Roberto Martinez – even if the Latics are relegated this season.

Sam Tomkins evades a tackle during England’s Wembley defeat by Australia

Mischievous Tomkins seeks rise to hero status

In-form full-back can announce himself on global stage by inspiring England to victory in the Four Nations final

Joel Tomkins joins champions Saracens

Joel Tomkins switches codes to join Saracens

Saracens today confirmed the signing of England rugby league international Joel Tomkins, but will have to wait at least three years before having the chance to get their hands on his younger brother.

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