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North West clash of rugby codes

Salford City Reds Credit: PA

Sale Sharks and Salford Red Devils are to play each other in a clash of the codes game for charity.

Sale Shark's Dwayne Peel Credit: PA

It will literally be a game of two halves with the first half with one half played to Rugby Union rules and one half played according to Rugby League rules.

The match will be played at the A.J Bell Stadium home of Salford City Reds, on 26 August.

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City Reds to become Red Devils

Marwan Koukash Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Salford's new owner Marwan Koukash is to change the club's name from the City Reds to the Red Devils next season.

The club were known as the Red Devils as far back as 1934 after the French dubbed them "Les Diables Rouges" and Koukash believes it is time to make it official.

"Warriors playing the Red Devils sounds so much better," the millionaire racehorse owner told the Manchester Evening News.

"It is a far stronger and appealing title and I am sure the fans will be excited by it.

"Our traditional red home kit next season will carry a bold distinctive Red Devils logo and be easily identifiable.

"I also want us to play in my racing colours of grey and gold away from home.

"This is all part of a major plan to rebrand the club, make a new start and make more people aware of who we are and for them to become involved."

Brian Noble takes the top job at Salford

Brian Noble has today officially taken over the reigns at Super League club Salford.

The former Wigan coach was the number one target for the club's ambitious new owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

He has today appealed to the game's governing body to allow Salford to break the sport's salary cap next season in the interests of promoting Rugby League in Manchester.

Mike Hall talks to Salford's new boss and the owner.

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