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England's 2017 squad has 'X Factor' - Burgess

England's Sam Burgess says the squad for the 2017 World Cup has more of an "X Factor" than the team got to the semi-finals of the 2013 tournament.

Rugby League World Cup guide - how it works and teams to follow

Format, form, Wayne's world and the sudden desire to play for Tonga - all you need to know about the Rugby League World Cup.

Wales name Grace & Knowles in squad for opener

Wales are boosted by the inclusion of two Super League Young Player of the Year nominees - Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles - for their World Cup opener.

Rugby League World Cup 2017: BBC TV, radio & online coverage

Details of BBC Sport's TV, radio and online coverage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup from 27 October to 2 December.

Tom van Vollenhoven: St Helens legend dies at the age of 82

St Helens legend and South Africa rugby union international Tom van Vollenhoven has died at the age of 82.

World Cup 2017: England beat Affiliated States 74-12 in only warm-up game

England score 13 tries as they thrash Affiliated States 74-12 in their only warm-up game before the World Cup.

Scotland lose heavily to Country XIII in warm-up

Scotland were beaten 50-14 by a New South Wales Country Under-23s team in their World Cup warm-up match in Ballina.

St Helens: Six sign new deals, with two joining Leigh Centurions on loan

St Helens give six players new deals, as two - Ricky Bailey and Jonah Cunningham - join Leigh Centurions on loan for 2018.

Mitch Clark: Castleford Tigers sign prop on two-year deal

Super League side Castleford Tigers sign former Hull KR prop Mitch Clark on a two-year deal.

Lewis Tierney: Scotland back joins Catalans Dragons from Wigan Warriors

Catalans Dragons re-sign outside back Lewis Tierney on a two-year contract, following his departure from Wigan Warriors.

Jack Owens: Leigh Centurions sign former St Helens full-back

Leigh Centurions sign former St Helens full-back Jack Owens on a one-year contract for the 2018 season.

You don't miss wife you never had - Kear on World Cup absentees

Wales coach John Kear shrugs off the absence of some of the nation's leading players for the forthcoming World Cup.

Super League Magic Weekend: Newcastle United's St James' Park to host event for fourth year

Super League's Magic Weekend will return to Newcastle United's St James' Park for the fourth year running next May.

Women's Super League: Wigan Warriors to set up women's rugby league team

Wigan Warriors set up a women's open age team for 2018, with the ambition of joining the Women's Super League division.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Rugby League World Cup, the Carabao Cup and the Mexican Grand Prix.

Stevie Ward philosophical despite injury dashing England Rugby League World Cup dream

Leeds back-rower Stevie Ward says Grand Final glory will help him cope after injury ruled him out of the World Cup.

'Don't mess about with drugs' says Leeds head coach Brian McDermott after Zak Hardaker's ban

Talking on BBC's Super League Show, Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott says he hopes Zak Hardaker can 'pull through' after testing positive for cocaine.

Super League: Zak Hardaker's 'eye-catching' solo try for Castleford

Zak Hardaker scores a stunning solo try for Castleford against his parent club Leeds during a 23-12 win earlier this season.

Super League semi-final: Liam Sutcliffe's try puts Leeds Rhinos in Grand Final

Liam Sutcliffe scores the winning try for Leeds Rhinos against Hull FC to send them into a 10th Super League Grand Final.

Super League semi-final: Luke Gale's dramatic drop-goal sends Castleford into Grand Final

Watch Luke Gale's golden-point drop-goal in extra time against St Helens to send Castleford Tigers into the Super League Grand Final for the first time.

Marwan Koukash: Salford Red Devils owner talks reasons for leaving club

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash talks about his reasons for handing over control of the club to a community trust.

Super 8s: 'Ben Barba magic' sets up St Helens try

St Helens' Ben Barba creates a bit of "magic" for Mark Percival to finish and open the scoring for Saints in their 30-4 victory away to Salford Red Devils in the Super 8s.

Tony Smith: Warrington Wolves coach's next job might not be in rugby league

Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith tells BBC North West Tonight that his next job may not be in rugby league.

Super 8s: 'Sublime' try for Trinity's Bill Tupou against St Helens

Wakefield Trinity's Bill Tupou scores a "sublime" try during their 18-16 defeat at home against St Helens in the Super League Super 8s.

'No-one believed he was my grandad' - how Butler's Wales call-up almost never happened

No-one believed Chester Butler when he said his grandad was Colin Dixon. Now, he is off to play for Wales at the World Cup.

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