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Widdop: Australia were just too good

England’s Gareth Widdop was proud in defeat as Australia ground out a 6-0 victory in the World Cup final.

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Kallum Watkins makes a break in the World Cup Final, but is brought down with an ankle tap. NRL Photos

Australia 6 England 0

England fell agonisingly short in their attempt to end a generation’s wait for glory as Australia ground out a tense 6-0 victory in the World Cup final.

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Gareth Widdop scores against Tonga

Widdop relieved after Tonga scare

Gareth Widdop was relieved England were able to hold off a late fightback from Tonga to reach the World Cup final for the first time in 22 years.

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England are in their first World Cup final since 1995

Tonga 18 England 20

England withstood a dramatic late fightback from a passionate Tonga to reach their first World Cup final for 22 years.

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Harrison Hansen. Photo: Paul McCarthy

Hansen agrees new deal

Harrison Hansen has agreed a new two-year contract with Leigh Centurions to the end of November 2019.

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England coach Wayne Bennett

England 36 Papua New Guinea 6

Jermaine McGillvary continued his impressive World Cup to help England cruise into the semi-finals with a 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea.

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Saints in action against Leigh last season. Photo: Brian King

Saints to face Leigh in pre-season

Saints will prepare for their 2018 Betfred Super League campaign with a clash against Leigh Centurions at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday January 26.

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Stan Walmsley

Former Leigh star Walmsley dies

Former Leigh player Stan Walmsley has died in hospital in Spain at the age of 76.

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Geoff Fletcher

Tributes to great character of RL

One of the great characters of Rugby League has died at the age of 74.

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John Bateman in action against France. NRL Photos

Bennett: England problems can be fixed

There was a touch of deja vu for England coach Wayne Bennett after his side collected their second win of the World Cup without being totally convincing.

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George Williams in action against France. NRL Photos

England 36 France 6

Jermaine McGillvary put the bite into England as they flexed their muscles for the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a comprehensive 36-6 defeat of France in Perth.

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Leigh's new home kit

Centurions reveal new home kit

Leigh Centurions have revealed their new home playing kit as they prepare for the 2018 Championship campaign.

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Micky Higham. Picture: Paul McCarthy

Higham looks to next chapter of career

Former Great Britain hooker Micky Higham has called time on his 19-year playing career.

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Leigh will start their season at home to Toronto

Wolfpack up first for Leigh

Leigh Centurions will welcome Toronto Wolfpack to LSV for their first Championship game of 2018.

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Leigh fans will see their side take on Toronto at Bloomfield Road

Leigh to face Wolfpack at Summer Bash

Toronto Wolfpack face a tough challenge on their Summer Bash debut after they were paired with recently relegated Leigh.

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Sean O'Loughlin in action against Australia. NRL Photos

Australia 18 England 4

England pushed holders Australia all the way in an enthralling World Cup opener before conceding eight points in the last five minutes to go down 18-4 at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

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Drew Hutchinson

Centurions snap-up NRL ace Hutchinson

Australian half-back Drew Hutchison has become the latest player to join Leigh’s quest for an immediate return to Super League.

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The cancellations are in addition to the train strikes which has seen a significant amount of trains taken out of service today.

Some trains cancelled from Wigan to Manchester due to flooding

Several trains have been cancelled this morning from Wigan Wallgate to Manchester Victoria due to flooding, says Northern.
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Ben Crooks

Leigh hand permanent deal to Crooks

Leigh Centurions have signed Castleford Tigers centre Ben Crooks for a five figure transfer fee on a two year contract until the end of November 2019.

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Danny Tickle is dejected

Jukes: People lose jobs and it’s sickening

Leigh boss Neil Jukes questioned how the Million Pound Game could sit with rugby league’s policy on mental health.

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