Australia will play Italy, Fiji and Scotland in Group B while New Zealand face Lebanon, Jamaica and Ireland in Group C. Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Wales and Cook Islands make up Group D.
EXCLUSIVE BY MATT HUIGHES: Sportsmail has learned that pursuing the sale, brought to the table by chief executive Robert Elstone, was approved at a board meeting last week.
Great Britain's underwhelming tour of the southern hemisphere came to a humiliating end when they were condemned to a 28-10 defeat by Papua New Guinea.
Great Britain suffered a third straight defeat on their tour of New Zealand after they were beaten 23-8 in Christchurch. The series whitewash increases the pressure on Wayne Bennett.
The 34-year-old will be officially unveiled at a press conference at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium next Thursday and join up with his new team-mates after a period of rest and recovery.
Toronto Wolfpack are closing in on the signing of the dual-code international, who played his last match for the All Blacks in the World Cup bronze medal win over Wales in Tokyo last Friday.
South Sydney Rabbitohs said on Wednesday that their captain Sam Burgess has been forced to quit the sport due to a chronic left shoulder injury, ending one of rugby league's greatest careers.
MIKE KEEGAN AT OLD TRAFFORD: Salford Red Devils' incredible run to the Grand Final may have ended in defeat but it can inspire others and breathe life into Super League, believes Josh Jones.
St Helens won the Super League Grand final with a dominant 23-6 victory over Salford Red Devils at Old Trafford on Saturday. Tries from Mark Percival, Zeba Taia and Morgan Knowles sealed an impre...
King, a security consultant and club director, whose lifelong love look to pull off a huge upset against St Helens at Old Trafford, agreed to secure his family home against the cash-strapped club...
The Canadian outfit are on the lookout for big-name signings following their promotion from the Championship and intend to follow up on their initial approach once his Rugby World Cup is over.
Brian McDermott could not hide his delight after Toronto completed their fairytale rise by winning promotion to Super League.
The league leaders, refreshed by a first weekend off of the year, produced arguably their best performance, running in seven tries to two on Friday night.
MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTSWRITER: In September 2017, former Leigh Centurions director Andy Mazey, announced that he would be Swinton's new chairman. From then, changes were afoot.
MIKE KEEGAN AT WEMBLEY: Warrington Wolves have won the Challenge Cup after overcoming the odds to defeat favourites St Helens in a competitive final at Wembley Stadium.
INTERVIEW BY MIKE KEEGAN: With his chiselled jaw, bulging biceps and St Helens polo shirt, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook looks every inch the rugby league player.
The RFL and Super League say they are 'appalled' after the game between Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves ended in brawls on the pitch and in the stands.
Blake Austin gave Warrington a major injury scare just three weeks before the Challenge Cup final as an ugly encounter saw clashes between rivals fans.
St Helens have begun the search for a new head coach following confirmation that Justin Holbrook will join Gold Coast Titans at the end of the season.
The Rugby Football League made a loss of £327,000 in 2018, which it says was largely due to the low crowd for the Challenge Cup final.
England's James Graham has become the first active player to pledge his brain to science upon his death to aid research into concussion.
The Black and Whites were left without any substitutes to use during their clash with Hull KR and the back rower took matters into his own hands - quite literally.
Fijian cross-code winger Ratu Naulago left his homeland to join the British military as a teenager before earning a one-year contract at Hull after a successful trial back in February.
Ryan Shaw held his nerve to land a 40-metre penalty and help Hull KR see off Salford's second-half fightback at the Dacia Magic Weekend.
ROSS HEPPENSTALL AT THE NOU CAMP: Steve McNamara felt his side had done the Catalan region proud after they thumped Wigan in front of a record Super League crowd.
Warrington coach Steve Price paid tribute to Wigan after squeezing past them 26-24 in the sixth round of the Coral Challenge Cup. 'It had a bit of everything,' Price said. 'It was a tough game.'
Richard Agar surveyed the wreckage of Leeds Rhinos' Challenge Cup humiliation at old adversaries Bradford and admitted: 'That's as bad as it gets.'
St Helens coach Justin Holbrook described Kevin Naiqama as 'outstanding' after the Betfred Super League leaders rallied to win 42-26 at lowly Hull KR.
Both consortia say they need an answer by the end of April if they are to enter League 1 in time for the 2020 season. The decision rests with the RFL board, who will take into account feedback fr...
Warrington scored 11 tries in total as they made it seven wins in eight Super League games this season, with Blake Austin scoring four and Josh Charnley contributing a hat-trick.
Fouad Yaha scored four tries as Catalans Dragons moved up to fifth in Betfred Super League with a 26-22 victory over struggling Leeds in Perpignan. The winger raced over for the winning try.
The man behind the bid to establish a professional rugby league club in New York, Huddersfield entrepreneur Ricky Wilby, is confident he can win the support of clubs.
Leeds opted to start their Super League campaign with four away matches to enable the £45m redevelopment work to continue and had high hopes of improving their fortunes on their return.
Wigan paid the price for a woeful start as they went down 20-8 to Sydney Roosters in the 25th World Club Challenge in front of a bumper crowd of 21,331 at the DW Stadium.
Castleford made it two wins from their first two games of the new season by beating Hull 26-18 at the KCOM Stadium. Tigers captain Michael Shenton scored two of his side's five tries.
ROSS HEPPENSTALL AT HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM: Heaven knows Warrington’s long-suffering supporters have learned to temper their expectations down the years, but try keeping them grounded.
INTERVIEW BY MIKE KEEGAN: 'I cried for days — it was heartbreaking.’ New Wigan coach Lam is reflecting on the moment he received tragic news about his former team-mate Terry Newton.
Wigan are to appeal against a two-point deduction for breaching Super League's salary cap, claiming the punishment is disproportionate for a "marginal" offence.
The new Betfred Super League season gets under way on Thursday when reigning champions Wigan visit last year's table-toppers St Helens. Here is a look at the runners and riders for 2019.
Catalans Dragons are poised to defend the Challenge Cup they won in such historic fashion last year - paving the way for Toronto Wolfpack to re-enter the competition.
Former Leeds, London Broncos and Hull KR centre Thomas Minns will be free to resume his career in July after being handed a 16-month doping ban.
Former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams has been named as the Rugby Football League's new president, the sport's governing body has announced.
Sam Burgess and wife Phoebe have announced the birth of their second child William 'Billy' Mark Burgess on Sunday. He is the couple's second child after daughter Poppy.
Red Star Belgrade will compete in the 2019 Challenge Cup, the Rugby Football League has announced. The Serbian champions have played rugby league since 2006.
Only 50,672 watched Catalans Dragons beat Warrington Wolves 20-14 this year on August 25 — in the middle of the school holiday. It was the smallest crowd for the final at Wembley since 1937.
Super League's Magic Weekend will have a new home in 2019, with Anfield chosen to host the 13th annual round of fixtures on the road. Anfield will host all 12 Super League teams on May 25-26.
McDermott, 48, was sacked by Leeds in July after eight seasons in charge which brought four Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups, a League Leaders Shield and World Club Challenge.
Liverpool fanatic George Williams will realise a childhood dream when he lines up for England's rugby league side against New Zealand at Anfield on Sunday.
On Sunday, the Liverpudlian prop will skipper England against New Zealand in the second of a three-Test series in the absence of Sean O’Loughlin.
Bennett is preparing England for a three-match Test series with New Zealand which starts in Hull on Saturday, but point blank refused to discuss his own situation in his two press conferences so ...
England head coach Wayne Bennett says places for the Test series with New Zealand will be up for grabs in Wednesday's one-off international against France.
MIKE KEEGAN AT OLD TRAFFORD: In 2016, after a prolific season which saw him score 15 times, he ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in a tackle by Castleford's Rangi Chase.
MIKE KEEGAN AT OLD TRAFFORD: Wane will take a lifetime of memories from his 30 years with Wigan. His last may be one of his best. The 54-year-old will clear his desk with a heavy heart.
The Kiwis overturned a 12-8 half-time deficit at Mount Smart Stadium to beat the new-look Kangaroos 26-24 and deliver a first success for coach Maguire, along with a first defeat for Australia's ...
INTERVIEW BY MIKE KEEGAN: There must be something in the water!' says O'Loughlin with a smile. He is responding to the obvious question. How does one extended family produce so much talent?
Moving your young family 12,000 miles is tough in any circumstances. But swapping Sydney for Warrington eight months after your elder brother has taken his own life is another thing entirely.
GEORGE CLARKE AT LAMPORT STADIUM: Super League will return to London next season after the Broncos crashed Toronto’s promotion party with two penalties to win the Million Pound Game.
EXCLUSIVE BY GEORGE CLARKE: The man who wants to transform sport in this country is not a Russian oligarch or a billionaire sheik. David Argyle appears more beer garden than boardroom.
Burgess, named this week alongside his twin brothers Tom and George in Wayne Bennett's 24-man squad, picked up shoulder and wrist injuries playing for South Sydney in the latter stages of the NRL...
Winger Tom Lineham scored two tries on his return from suspension to help Warrington pull off a shock win over St Helens in a pulsating Super League semi-final.
Hull KR secured their place in Super League for 2019 with a comfortable 30-0 win over relegated Widnes at KCOM Craven Park.
Gareth O'Brien struck a dramatic late drop-goal to hand promotion-chasing Toronto a 17-16 victory over Leeds in the final round of the Qualifiers Super 8s.
Warrington will head into their elimination semi-final against St Helens on the back of a morale-boosting 36-23 victory over Wakefield at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Salford secured their Super League status in emphatic style with a 44-10 win over gallant French side Toulouse.
Wigan ground out a 13-6 win over Huddersfield to maintain the only 100 per cent record in the Super 8s and clinch a home semi-final. They needed a try from Oliver Gildart three minutes from the e...
The Rugby Football League has chosen a date for the Million Pound Game which could be played in different time zones in England, France or Canada.
Wigan forward Macauley Davies has been forced to retire with immediate effect on medical grounds following the discovery of a brain condition. cans revealed the 22-year-old has Chiari Malformatio...
Craig Hall scored four first-half tries as Hull KR beat Halifax 38-24 for their third win from four games in the Qualifiers to take another step closer towards Super League safety.
Castleford became the latest side to take advantage of depleted Hull's crisis of confidence with a 28-8 win that keeps alive their slim hopes of securing a home semi-final.
Wigan made it five Betfred Super League wins in succession with a scrappy victory. The Warriors looked in full control in the first half with Oliver Gildart and Sam Powell putting them 10-0 in fr...
England forward Sam Burgess is set to see out his career with South Sydney after signing a four-year contract extension with the Australian outfit.
Danny Brough became the fourth highest points scorer in Super League history but his contribution was not enough to stop Wakefield ending Huddersfield's six-match winning run.
Warrington bounced back from the heartbreak of their Challenge Cup final defeat in devastating fashion with a ruthless 80-10 demolition of a Hull side in freefall.
EXCLUSIVE BY MIKE KEEGAN: Rugby league officials are in talks to move the Challenge Cup Final forwards by two months, Sportsmail has learned.
Remi Casty captained Catalans Dragons to history — and then vowed to make some more. The French club on Saturday became the first from outside England to lift the Challenge Cup.
MIKE KEEGAN AT WEMBLEY: Renaissance, redemption, resistance. One of the greatest tales in rugby league history was written at Wembley with all three of the above featuring.
Around eighty years ago, Nazi sympathisers tried to kill rugby league in France. Last season, Catalans Dragons, were 80 minutes away from dropping out of the top flight.
Warrington Wolves take on Catalans Dragons with the French side set to bring just 4,000 supporters to Wembley. Officials are expecting swathes of empty seats and a crowd of around 50,000.
The 28-year-old was investigated by the Rugby Football League after a child was struck by the ball during the French club's 35-16 semi-final win over St Helens in Bolton earlier this month.
The Wolfpack needed a try from Andrew Dixon four minutes from the end to finally see off their hosts 14-0 at the Shay to edge closer to a potential place in Super League for 2019.
Nobody seems quite sure how good Toronto Wolfpack actually are, least of all themselves, but the most telling sign yet will come in Sunday's trip to Halifax in the opening match of the qualifiers...
Sydney Roosters-bound Hall gave relegation-threatened Leeds an injury scare to overshadow a badly-needed win for the ailing Super League champions in their Qualifiers opener.
Wakefield won for the first time in six visits to the KCOM Stadium to launch their Super 8s campaign with a 31-13 victory at Hull thanks to a final-quarter points spree.
The 51-year-old has spent a decade as Warren Gatland's right-hand man but will return to the rugby league club where he made his name as a player in the 1980s and 90s.
Australian Steve Price will lead Warrington out at Wembley in his first season as a Super League head coach after watching his side overcome struggling Leeds 48-12 at Bolton.
Catalans Dragons produced a sensational performance to hammer St Helens 35-16 and book their place in the Challenge Cup final in one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history.
Ryan Hall, a one-club man who has scored 231 tries in 327 appearances since making his debut back in 2007, is out of contract this year and has rejected Leeds' offer of a new deal.
HULL FC 18-34 ST HELENS: St Helens took full advantage of Wigan's slip-up to move eight points clear at the top of Betfred Super League following a hard-fought 34-18 victory at Hull FC.
Danny McGuire scored a first ever hat-trick for Hull KR as they thrashed relegation rivals Salford 52-22 to keep alive their hopes of a top-eight finish.
Teenage half-back Jake Trueman was Castleford's hero as they condemned Leeds to a 42-10 derby defeat in their first match under their new coaching team of Kevin Sinfield and James Lowes.
Brian McDermott McDermott succeeded Brian McClennan in 2010 and went on to guide Leeds to glory in four Grand Finals, as well as two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge.
The runaway leaders emerged 34-30 victors against the dogged Wildcats, but the withdrawal of Man of Steel favourite Barba with a knee problem caused some concern.
Both England and New Zealand had to overcome strong opposition from the Australian players' union as well as the NRL and the bulk of its clubs to get Saturday's game off the ground.
NEW ZEALAND 18-36 ENGLAND: England staged an impressive comeback to beat New Zealand 36-18. Elliott Whitehead and Gareth Widdop both produced encouraging performances
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY GEORGE CLARKE: Although he came late to the sport, England wing McGillvary has made up for lost time. He is revered, and feared, both here and in Australia
Hitchcox scored four tries for the Tigers but most of his good work was undone in a thrilling finale as injuries took a cruel toll and the visitors displayed tremendous spirit to claw their way i...
Hull's defeat at home to Wigan gave the Wolves the chance to move four points clear of their fifth-placed rivals and they took it despite scoring only four tries to Trinity's five on Sunday after...
Greg Burke scored the decisive try on his debut to sink Widnes, the club he left last week to join Salford on loan. The former Wigan prop arrived at Salford along with Ed Chamberlain.
Super League's new chief executive Robert Elstone is facing a potential civil war just eight days after taking office. He has announced plans for a major re-structure.
Super League rang the changes today then came under fire from one of its leading clubs Leeds Rhinos. New chief executive Robert Elstone, revealed the Super 8 structure will disappear.
The former Leigh half-back kicked six goals and had a hand in three tries as the Dragons came from behind to secure a fifth win in a row. Widnes failed to halt a losing streak that runs back to M...
Super League leaders St Helens opened a six-point gap over second-placed Wigan after brushing aside Hull KR 26-4 on Friday night.
Wakefield piled on the misery for Wigan who ended an embarrassing week with a third consecutive comprehensive defeat.
St Helens coach Justin Holbrook breathed a massive sigh of relief after his side held off a Hull fightback to book their place in the last four of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Daryl Powell told his players to toughen up after their crushing home defeat by St Helens and will be delighted with their response as they brought Rovers crashing back to earth.
Leigh duo Peter Mata'utia and Matty Dawson were sent off as Leeds rammed home their Super League quality to win 52-22 and march into the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-finals.
Josh Drinkwater produced a perfect kicking display to spoil fellow Australian Simon Woolford's first game as Huddersfield head coach.
John Bateman confirmed his status as one of Super League's finest talents with a brilliant second-half try that inspired Wigan to a huge victory over title rivals Warrington.
Toronto paid a heavy price for their indiscipline as Warrington overturned an early 8-0 deficit to run out 66-10 winners in an ugly Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie.
The 26-year-old former Castleford full-back will not appeal against the punishment, which has been backdated to September 2017, when he tested positive for cocaine.
Trinity were in the contest for much of Friday's match at the Jungle but the Tigers pulled clear in the closing stages to record a 10th straight win in the West Yorkshire derby with a 24-2 scorel...
St Helens overcame the dismissal of Matty Lees to rout Salford 60-10 and pull four points clear at the top of Betfred Super League but their victory was overshadowed by a neck injury to Ben Barba...
Huddersfield interim coach Chris Thorman accused his players of raising the white flag during their 66-4 trouncing by Betfred Super League leaders St Helens.
Salford produced one of their 'best performances in the last three years' to thrash Wakefield, according to head coach Ian Watson.
Two tries from Oliver Gildart and one each from Liam Farrell, George Williams and Tony Clubb set up Wigan's first win over Castleford since a Challenge Cup quarter-final in 2016.
Sam Tomkins was the hero as Wigan snatched their first win at Headingley for six years. A drab Betfred Super League contest burst into life in the last 10 minutes.
Three penalty goals from full-back Stefan Ratchford's proved the difference for most of the game as the Wolves eked out an 18-6 win that consolidates their top-four spot in Super League.
Meninga, still revered from his one-season stint with the club 33 years ago, shouted 'Go Saints' when he was introduced to the capacity crowd of 17,980 before kick-off at the Totally Wicked Stadi...
With both sides scoring one try, the outcome was determined by the boot of England scrum-half Luke Gale, who kicked two late penalties to add to a first-half drop goal.
Huddersfield's Rick Stone has become the first Betfred Super League coaching casualty of the season with assistant Chris Thorman taking over the reins.
Hull put their misery on the road behind them as they got back to winning ways in the Betfred Super League by overcoming bottom-placed Catalans Dragons 42-16 on Friday night.
Winger Tom Lineham claimed a hat-trick of tries to help Warrington to a thrilling 34-24 Betfred Super League victory over Wakefield at the Halliwell Jones stadium.
Wigan Warriors made it three Super League wins on the bounce as they ran in nine tries to hammer Huddersfield Giants 48-10. Wigan never really looked in any danger and led throughout.
St Helens bounced back from their first Betfred Super League defeat of the season by beating Hull KR 30-6. Ben Barba proved to be the difference for St Helens with a try in both halves.
Hearn recently met with Ralph Rimmer, the Rugby Football League's acting chief executive, to discuss the potential for his Matchroom Sport company to get involved in the game.
Organisers are pressing ahead with plans to take a Super League fixture to America but admit they face a race against time to enter a New York club in English competition in 2019.
Centre Ash Handley maintained his remarkable tryscoring record against St Helens as champions Leeds ended their 100 per cent record in the 2018 Betfred Super League.
Robert Lui inspired Salford to their second win of the Betfred Super League season with a 24-8 success over Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Hull KR ran amok to pull off their first away win of the season and climb out of the bottom four of the Betfred Super League.
England centre Percival scored a hat-trick of tries to help St Helens maintain their perfect start to the Betfred Super League season with a 30-12 derby win over Warrington on Friday night.
The Giants were looking to fire up their season after only picking up two points from their four previous Super League outings and the Vikings proved to be easy fodder, ending with 12 men.
Kallum Watkins and Tom Briscoe scored their first tries of the season to ensure a happy homecoming for Super League champions Leeds in a thrilling encounter with Hull.
Uncapped Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone has been named in England coach Wayne Bennett's 21-man elite performance squad.
The match between re-appointed head coach Wayne Bennett's England and the Kiwis will be staged at the Mile High Stadium in Denver on Saturday, June 23, with a local 2pm kick-off.
Eddie Hearn has offered to get involved in rugby league. The Rugby Football League is to take up an offer from the boss of Matchroom to pass on tips designed to raise the profile of the sport.
St Helens continued their perfect start to the Super League season with a 26-12 win at Huddersfield as Jermaine McGillvary was kept quiet on his first appearance since the World Cup final.
Warrington centre Ryan Atkins scored his 174th Super League try to help Warrington inflict a first defeat of the season on Wigan.
Salford picked up their first points of the 2018 Betfred Super League season with a comfortable 36-12 win over Hull KR at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Zak Hardaker has been sacked by Castleford following a failed drugs test last year. The 26-year-old had been suspended since October after testing positive for cocaine towards the end of 2017.
Wayne Bennett's two-year contract with the Rugby Football League ran out after he guided England to the final of the 2017 World Cup but he has agreed a new deal after being persuaded to stay on.
After defeats to Leeds and Huddersfield, Price needed a win and he got it, though the game may be remembered for the collision between referee Phil Bentham and Chris Houston.
The 68-year-old’s contract with the Rugby Football League expired after he led England to the final of the 2017 World Cup in December, where they were narrowly beaten by Australia.
Leeds Rhinos were no match for Australian champions Melbourne Storm who swept to a record-equalling fourth World Club Challenge title with a 38-4 victory at AAMI Park.
Three tries in the first half set the newly-promoted side up for the victory as the French outfit's search for their first point continues.
Dual-code international Sam Burgess raised the pulse of English coaches and fans alike by hinting at a return to Super League. The 29-year-old former Bradford forward wants to win a Grand Final.
The 27-year-old full-back last week overturned a two-year ban imposed by the French Anti-Doping Agency for an 'inappropriate exchange' with a testing officer in 2016.
A team from Boston, Massachusetts is set to submit a bid to join the Rugby Football League with the aim of reaching Super League.
Gigot was suspended for the 24-month term - previously reduced to three months before it was restored in full - for an 'inappropriate exchange' with an anti-doping official in 2016.
Jimmy Keinhorst made the most of his late call-up by scoring a hat-trick of tries to help Leeds salvage a 20-11 victory over promoted Hull KR on Thursday night.
The French side, who had to win the Million-Pound Game last year to keep their place in Super League, led 12-6 after 24 minutes thanks to tries on debut from David Mead and Benjamin Jullien.