An Australian rugby league player has died after suffering injuries in a tackle during a match.
Prop James Ackerman, 25, was treated on the pitch for head injuries sustained in a tackle in the opening five minutes of Sunshine Coast Falcons' Queensland Cup match against North Devils on Saturday.
Ackerman was transported to hospital but was unable to recover from his injuries.
QRL managing director Robert Moore said: "We send our deepest condolences to James' family and friends, and the Sunshine Coast club.
"This is obviously a very difficult and traumatic time for a considerable amount of people and we ask for the privacy of the family to be respected.
"Our immediate priority is to provide support for the family as well as the players, coaches and referees who were involved in this game."
Wigan will be without England winger Josh Charnley for up to six weeks with an ankle injury sustained in Friday's 13-12 win over Hull.
Scans have revealed Charnley suffered a high ankle strain and, although he will not need surgery, he will wear a protective boot for around four weeks before he can resume training.
Salford owner Marwan Koukash has hailed the impact made on the Super League club by Australia coach Tim Sheens.
The 64-year-old Sheens has spent the last fortnight acting in an advisory capacity with the Red Devils as Koukash looks to turn the struggling outfit into a team of champions.
Wigan have found prop Ben Flower guilty of gross misconduct following his attack on St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia early on in the Super League Grand Final in October and fined him 50 per cent of his wages for three months, with a further three months suspended.
Local rugby league rivals Salford Red Devils and Swinton will play a friendly in January, with all the proceeds going to the family of Alan Henning.
The Salford taxi driver was murdered by Islamic State at the start of October after being captured in Syria where he was delivering aid.
All money made from the game will be donated to the Alan Henning Fund, which was set up by his family following his death.
Salford owner Marwan Koukash said: “We all have been deeply touched by the sad loss of Alan and I feel it is a fitting tribute to the wonderful work he carried out that the two rugby Clubs of Salford have combined to provide support for Alan’s family.
"From personal experience as a refugee myself, I have been the recipient of the humanitarian efforts of such wonderful people as Alan and I really do hope that this game can be a way in which the sporting teams of the City can show their gratitude and support for Alan and his family."
Sam Burgess has become the first English winner of the Rugby League International Federation's International Player of the Year Award.
Burgess, who defied a fractured eye socket and cheekbone to help South Sydney to victory in the NRL Grand Final, received the prestigious award at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane, where the 2014 Four Nations Series gets under way without him on Saturday.
The former Bradford forward will link up with Bath next week ahead of his cross-code switch, although he will not be able to make his rugby union debut until December as he recovers from the injuries he sustained in the first tackle of the match against Canterbury Bulldogs earlier this month.
RLIF chairman Nigel Wood said: "He is a worthy recipient and deserves to be recognised for his achievements over the past year on the international stage as well as in the NRL competition."
Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan, has rejected calls to sack Ben Flower after he was banned for six months from playing in the Rugby Football League.
Flower punched Lance Hohaia of St Helens twice, knocking him out with the first, then throwing another as he was lying on the turf and has since received the longest ban in Super League history.
Some critics have suggested that Flower should be dismissed from his job, but Lenagan has assured the prop that his future is safe at Wigan.
"Ben Flower made a mistake and I say very clearly: ‘Let any one of us who has not made a mistake stand forward,'” Lenagan told Sky Sports News.
"That is a reason to discipline him, a reason to make sure that he suffers from it – because we as a club have suffered as well and quite rightly so because we are responsible for our players – but there is no question of us sacking Ben Flower."
Greater Manchester Police is investigating death threats made to banned Wigan rugby league player Ben Flower in a series of abusive messages on Twitter.
The remarks, directed to Flower from a single account yesterday evening, included comments that the 26-year-old Welsh international "deserves to be shot" and that his "last days are approaching".
Flower was sent off in Saturday's Super League Grand Final for punching St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia while he was motionless on the ground just two minutes into the Grand Final.
He was banned from the sport for six months yesterday.
Great Manchester Police stated on Twitter: "We've been made aware of abusive social media activity about the Rugby League Grand Final. Please be reassured that we are looking into this."