Matthew Russell of Warrington Wolves is tackled by Jonny Lomax and Joe Greenwood of St Helens during the Super League match between Warrington Wolves and St Helens at Etihad Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Manchester, England

Blake Solly: The Magic weekend a two-day party with some great sport in between

Super League's Blake Solly on why rugby league chose Newcastle for a showpiece event that will bring thrills, excitement - and big bucks

Sponsored competition: Win tickets for Super League matches when rugby league's summer party visits Newcastle

Newcastle's St James Park plays host to exciting rugby league fixtures with the forthcoming Super League Summer Party hits town.

Stanley Gene of Papua New Guinea

Scrum Down: Improvement the key for Gateshead Thunder boss Stanley Gene

Papua New Guinean Stanley Gene hopes Gateshead Thunder can mount a promotion tilt in his first season at the helm

Mathew Tait in action for Leicester Tigers

Sibling rivalry for Alex Tait as ex Newcastle Falcons star Mat returns

Leicester Tigers and former Kingston Park favourite Mathew visit the North East on Sunday, to the delight of younger brother Alex

Hall Charlton while plying his trade with Newcastle Falcons

Falcons edge it at Sale

Newcastle Falcons got their season going at the second time of asking, a Rory Clegg penalty 12 minutes from time enough to see them past Sale

Gateshead Thunder's Jason Payne

Thunder have chance to break relegation sequence

Gateshead Thunder could tomorrow ensure they avoid a bottom-placed finish for the first time in four seasons.

Gateshead Thunder's Jason Payne

Being idle has been no Payne for Gateshead Thunder

Captain Jason Payne believes his Gateshead Thunder side are fully charged for tomorrow’s trip to Oldham after a fortnight without a game

Carl wants to ‘get stuck in’

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ENGLAND World Cup stars Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood will make their comebacks for Newcastle Falcons at Wasps on Saturday – and All Blacks star Carl Hayman is hoping to make his debut alongside them.

Thunder will be ready this time

After a season of struggle and transition, things are looking up for Gateshead Thunder as coach Dave Woods begins his first full season in charge.

Thunder out to spoil the Celtic party

GATESHEAD Thunder are out to spoil the party tomorrow as Celtic Crusaders come to the Thunderdome looking to clinch the National Two trophy, writes RICHARD NEALE.

Woods aiming to end year on a high

DAVE Woods is determined to keep the pressure off his players as he bids to end his first season in charge of Gateshead Thunder on a high – despite a daunting schedule.

Thunder boss in plea for support

Dave Woods has admitted he is disappointed North-East rugby fans aren't getting behind his developing Gateshead Thunder side - and hopes to see more turn out for a rare Saturday game at the Thunderdome.

Angry Thunder coach savages his players

An angry Dave Woods has put his Gateshead Thunder side to the sword after a defeat at London Skolars in which they were "just poor," writes RICHARD NEALE.

Backs inspire Thunder victory

Backs Kevin Till and Mark Christensen, both scored two tries as Gateshead Thunder won their bottom four Co-op National League Two clash against Keighley Cougars by 20 points at the Thunderdome yesterday.

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Recuitment by degrees

Catalans Dragons 66, Salford 6

Catalans Dragons recorded their biggest ever win to move further clear of the bottom of the engage Super League with a 66-6 victory over Salford City Reds in Perpignan.

Warrington 4, Harlequins 17

Harlequins strengthened their engage Super League play-off hopes with a hard-fought win over an out-of-sorts Warrington side at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Thunder building for the future

Gateshead Thunder face another huge test when Featherstone Rovers come to the International Stadium, boasting former Super League players in their ranks.

Ground-breaking takeover boosts Leeds

Leeds are hoping to graduate with Guinness Premiership honours after being taken under the wing of Leeds Metropolitan University.

Falcons snap up star from Borders

Newcastle Falcons have signed Steve Jones from Border Reivers on a two-year deal.

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