Sport Steve McNamara could be heading to Australia to coach the Sydney Roosters after his contract with England expired

McNamara is out of contract with the RFL and despite the move yet to be confirmed, his media officer tweeted that he will definitely be staying in the game

Sick McRae adds to Salford's woes

Salford's difficult start to the season has become more complicated with the absence of their coach, Shaun McRae, on sick leave. McRae, in the last year of a four-year contract, phoned in ill this week, will miss tomorrow night's game against Wigan and is expected to be sidelined for a month on medical advice.

Hoffman lends his local knowledge to Wigan's tilt at slaying Dragons

The Warriors' Australian import knows what it takes to win a World Club Challenge, reports Dave Hadfield

France reveal plan to halt Chris Ashton threat

France defence coach Dave Ellis has revealed plans are already in place to stop Chris Ashton in Saturday's clash with England at Twickenham.

Bradford blown away as Wigan warm up for world challenge

Bradford 10 Wigan 44

Daryl Millard joins Wakefield exodus

Another day, another departure from beleaguered Wakefield, as Daryl Millard became the latest player to quit the club.

Chris Ashton will be a marked man warns Mark Cueto

Mark Cueto has warned Chris Ashton he must be prepared for life as a marked man - starting in England's crunch showdown with RBS 6 Nations title rivals France.

'We knew how dangerous he was but could do nothing to stop him'

Italy coach Nick Mallett admits 'outstanding' wing Ashton and team-mate Flood were just too good

Millennium Magic: Meli seals comeback as Saints share spoils

Wigan began the defence of their Super League title with a draw as a St Helens fightback lifted the Millennium Magic weekend above the mediocre. Otherwise it was an undistinguished day in Cardiff as a difficult surface, over-officious refereeing, a lack of atmosphere and rusty play prevented the season-opening showpiece from rising beyond the mundane. The day attracted a gate of more than 30,000.

Flood and Youngs form heart of new generation

One side based their game plan around their one world-class player, a forward. The other, reflective of an approach far removed from traditional diktat, planned around the attacking skills of three backs and passed a half-century for the first time in four years.

Super League seeks bit of magic to start vital year

RFL needs the bumper bill of games in Cardiff this weekend to kick off the season with a bang ahead of some big challenges in 2011

Wigan can hold off the challenge of Warrington and retain their crown

Dave Hadfield runs the rule over this season's Super League sides

Pryce set to miss opening weekend

Leon Pryce is out of St Helens' side to play Wigan in the highlight of the opening day of the engage Super League season tomorrow. The former Test stand-off missed the Grand Final between the two sides at Old Trafford last October with a neck injury. That has cleared up, but he has been ruled out of the game in Cardiff with a groin problem.

Hull hope high-class Phelps cures their back trouble

Hull have signed Cameron Phelps, who was with Wigan last season, to tackle their full-back problems. Having sacked Jordan Tansey on Tuesday for disciplinary breaches, they yesterday signed Phelps, previously with Canterbury Bulldogs in his native Australia, on a one-year contract. "To find a player of his calibre at this stage of the season gives us tremendous options," said Hull coach Richard Agar. "In the first half of last season, he was one of Wigan's stand-out performers."

Orr returns to roots and plots big things for Castleford's young crop

Half-back is 'home' again, at the club where he made his name – and he has high hopes for the new season, he tells Dave Hadfield
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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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