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Preview: Leeds v Warrington

LEEDS welcome back Jamie Peacock and Chev Walker as they face Warrington in the first elimination play-off ahead of next month's Grand Final.

Solomona urges end to relegation

DAVID Solomona has urged the Rugby Football League to ditch promotion and relegation from Super League.

Tigers keen for Matterson to stay

CASTLEFORD are hoping to persuade Terry Matterson to remain as coach despite their relegation from Super League.

Cas bid for Superleague reprieve

CASTLEFORD are pushing for Super League to be expanded to 13 clubs for the 2007 season so they can avoid the drop.

R27: Wolves win secures spot

WARRINGTON ensured they will be in the Super League play-offs for the second season in a row after handing out a rare defeat to second-placed Hull.

Challenge Cup Final Preview

HUDDERSFIELD captain Chris Thorman is "extremely doubtful" for the Challenge Cup final with a hamstring injury and is undergoing acupuncture to get fit.

Fed Shield fixtures announced

ENGLAND will take on France, Samoa and Tonga in the newly-launched Federation Shield tournament in the European autumn.The second-tier international competition will take place at the same time as the Tri-Nations Series."International rugby league is the pinnacle of the game," said RFL executive chairman Richard Lewis."This new tournament will give fans the chance to see many of Europe's best players, together with emerging stars from the Pacific islands."The tournament gets under way on 22 October with Tonga against Samoa and England versus France at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.The final will be played at Widnes' Halton Stadium on 12 November.England, under new coach Paul Cullen, will also play matches at the Twickenham Stoop - the home of Super League side Harlequins - and Hull's KC Stadium, while there are two matches pencilled in for French venues.Federation Shield fixtures:22 October: Tonga v Samoa (1545 BST) and England v France (1745 BST) Headingley, Leeds28 October: France v Samoa (1900 BST) Colomiers*29 October: England v Tonga (1500 GMT) Twickenham Stoop, London5 November: England v Samoa (1500 GMT) KC Stadium, Hull5 November: France v Tonga (1500 GMT) Castres*12 November: Federation Shield final (1530 GMT) Halton Stadium, Widnes* Fixtures in France still subject to confirmation N.B. Tonga v Samoa match forms part of Pacific Group qualification for 2008 Rugby League World Cup Finals.Source: bbc.co.uk

Leeds sign Manly forward Leuluai

LEEDS have signed Manly prop Kylie Leuluai on a three-year deal from the start of next season.

Catalans sign Raiders star Croker

CATALANS Dragons have signed Canberra Raiders star and former Australia international Jason Croker on a two-year deal.

Preview: Hull KR v St Helens (C. Cup)

HULL KR will be without half-back Scott Murrell for their Powergen Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens.Murrell, who was injured in training on Thursday, has suffered ankle ligament damage, although fears he had broken his ankle have proved unfounded.Jason Hooper joins Paul Sculthorpe and Mike Bennett on the Saints injury list.Jamie Lyon has been cleared to play despite being sent off last week while Sean Long is expected to return after missing the last two matches.Rovers coach Justin Morgan said: "It is a blow to Scott to miss out on a big occasion like this and also the club as he has been playing well."He could be out for something like a month but hopefully it will be less."Murrell reverted to stand-off when skipper James Webster returned to the side from injury against Widnes last Sunday.Morgan is likely to turn to either Gareth Morton or Tommy Gallagher to fill the number six shirt against Saints.The Robins, looking to reach their first Challenge Cup final for 20 years, are also without New Zealand second rower Michael Smith as well as loan duo Jon Whittle and Matty Brooks, who are both ineligible.Challenge Cup semi-final, Saturday, 29 JulyGalpharm Stadium, HuddersfieldKick-off: 1230 BST, live coverage on BBC 1St Helens (18-man squad): Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Roby, Anderson, Anderson, Graham, Hardman, Fa'asavalu.Hull KR (18-man squad): Cockayne, Steel, Couturier, Goddard, Ford, Morton, Webster, Aizue, Fisher, Tangata-Toa, Morrison, Netherton, Gallagher, Barker, Garmston, Ellis, Joseph, Stephenson.Source: bbc.co.uk

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