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Rugby league star may lose an eye after attack

Sean Gleeson in action for Hull KR
Hull KR player Sean Gleeson has been told he could lose an eye after an attack outside a nightclub. Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive

A Super League rugby player has been told he may lose an eye after he was attacked outside a nightclub.

Hull KR's Sean Gleeson was punched in the face a number of times following a row with three men in Wigan, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of Sunday.

The 26-year-old suffered serious injuries to his eye and eye socket and was taken to hospital where he remains.

Gleeson became involved in a fight with one of the men outside Ibiza Bar in King Street. The others joined in before leaving Gleeson in the road and running away.

Police have released CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with the assault, which took place at about 4am.

Brothers celebrate England rugby union and league wins

Rugby playing brothers Sam and Joel Tomkins celebrated wins today after the pair represented England simultaneously in both rugby league and union.

England's Joel Tomkins is tackled by Australia's Israel Folau and Adam Ashley-Cooper during the QBE International at Twickenham, London. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam turned out for his national rugby league side in the World Cup match 42-0 win against Ireland in Huddersfield.

England's Sam Tomkins in action during the 2013 World Cup match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Meanwhile his older brother Joel made his rugby union international debut against Australia at Twickenham. England won the game 20-13.

Read: Parents tackle dilemma as rugby brothers play for England at same time

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Wales lose Rugby League World Cup opener to Italy

Italy were too strong for Wales in the sides' Rugby League World Cup match. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Italy beat Wales 32-16 at the Millennium Stadium on the opening day of the Rugby League World Cup.

Aidan Guerra scored two tries for the in-form Italians, who beat England in a warm-up match last week.

The defeat leaves Wales on course to meet tournament favourites Australia in the quarter-finals.

Follow the Rugby League World Cup on the ITV Wales website.

Australia beat England in World Cup opener

England gave an encouraging display in the defeat to favourites Australia. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Australia fought back to beat England 28-20 in the opening match of the Rugby League World Cup at the Millennium Stadium.

Underdogs England led 10-0 through tries from Leroy Cudjoe and Ryan Hall, but the visitors dominated the second half of the group match.

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Cameron tweets support for Rugby League World Cup

Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted support for the 14th Rugby League World Cup, which kicks off this afternoon when England take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

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Happy to see Rugby League World Cup kick off today, continuing a superb year of sport after Murray, Froome, the Ashes and Lions @rlwc2013

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Rugby league star wins payout for wrongful dismissal

Rugby league player Keith Mason has been awarded almost £150,000 in damages after he was sacked for gross misconduct when a naked picture of his team mate was posted on his Twitter, the Daily Mail reports.

Huddersfield Giants star Keith Mason, in 2011. He was sacked for gross misconduct last October. Credit: Press Association

Mason, 31, was dismissed last October after the picture of former team mate Scott Moore's bottom was posted to his account. It remained there for around 48 hours as the team celebrated the final game of last season during a three day drinking session known as 'Mad Monday.'

His club admitted the photo was posted without Mr Mason's knowledge, but dismissed him for bringing the club into disrepute by not deleting it soon enough.

Mr Mason said his former club wanted to get rid of him because of his expensive contract and said the Twitter picture was used an excuse.

Judge Andrew Saffman ruled in his favour and awarded the player £146,0000.

Rugby star wins court case over Twitter sacking

Keith Mason pictured playing for the Huddersfield Giants in 2010. Credit: Empics

A rugby league star who was sacked after a photo of a team-mate's bottom appeared on his Twitter account has said he is delighted with a High Court judge's ruling that he was unlawfully dismissed by his former club.

The picture was found on Keith Mason's iPhone by his girlfriend, Lauren Harwood, after the players returned from a drinking binge last September.

She posted it on his Twitter account - which attracted 4,200 followers - with the message "what the hell is this?" and it remained for around two days before Mason deleted it, the court heard.

Huddersfield Giants claimed the 31-year-old committed gross misconduct by not deleting it quickly enough and ended his £95,000-a-year salary last October, just one year into his four-year contract.

A judge ruled that Mason's actions could not be construed as breach of contract, and as a result his dismissal was wrong.

Rugby League player banned for six matches for racial abuse

South Wales Scorpions released Tom Morgan in July due to a "breach of club discipline." Credit: South Wales Scorpions

The Rugby Football League have banned a player for six matches for racially abusing an opponent.

Tom Morgan, of South Wales Scorpions, was found guilty by an RFL tribunal following an incident during a Championship One game against London Skolars last season.

A statement read: "Morgan, who failed to respond to contact from the RFL, was found guilty in his absence of using offensive or obscene language based on race or ethnic origin against London Skolars player Lamont Bryan."

Morgan has not played for the Scorpions since a game against Doncaster on July 1.

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