St Helens prop James Graham has confirmed he will finish his illustrious career at the end of the Super League season.

Graham announced last month that his international playing days were over, having featured 53 times for England and Great Britain.

The 35-year-old has now decided that his club career will come to a halt, and he will be looking to sign off by winning the Super League title.

Graham, who signed a one-year deal with Saints in June, has made 234 appearances for his boyhood club Saints either side of a successful eight-year spell in the NRL and has scored 70 tries in 474 matches in total at club and international level.

He told Saints' official website: "Playing for St Helens and over in the NRL has been an absolute honour. I am gutted this season will be my final one as a player, but I came to Saints saying I would have one last all in push for this season and nothing has changed there.

"Finishing my career at my boyhood club was an opportunity that I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, I am gutted we have not been able to play in front of our fans as I know they feel every pass, every tackle and every run.

"I have even missed the opposition fans who would give me a piece of their mind.

"I have had so many fantastic memories throughout my career here at Saints, in the NRL and on the International stage representing my country. It has all been a huge honour."

Graham won a Grand Final ring, claimed three Challenge Cup winners' medals and was named Man of Steel during his first stint with Saints and also landed the Dally M Prop of the Year award while playing for Canterbury Bulldogs.

He was the only Brit in the World team XIII and was named best prop in the world in 2008 and could sign off with another Grand Final triumph, with Saints top of the table.

Warrington Wolves have been awarded a 24-0 win by forfeit after Salford Red Devils informed Super League and the Rugby Football League (RFL) they could not play Friday's game.

Salford have "player availability issues", a Super League statement revealed on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, it was announced another of Friday's fixtures – between Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers – had been cancelled after 12 positive coronavirus tests were returned in the visiting camp.

The statement regarding the Warrington game added: "The matter will be referred to the RFL's compliance department for further consideration.

"In the meantime, Super League continues to explore fixture rescheduling options in light of this morning's announcements."

Warrington were third prior to being awarded the victory, set to reach the play-offs, while Salford are no longer in contention.

Friday's Super League game between Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers has been cancelled due to 12 coronavirus cases in the latter's camp.

Castleford revealed on Wednesday they had returned a number of positive results, having undergone testing on Tuesday.

The Tigers lost 28-24 to Leeds Rhinos on Monday and the possibility of their opponents having contracted the virus is now to be explored.

A statement read: "The RFL [Rugby Football League] and Super League will today liaise with Public Health England, Castleford Tigers and the Tigers' last opponents, Leeds Rhinos, before the multiple case group meets to consider the data and decide next steps.

"Super League and the RFL are actively exploring all options and will make a further announcement as soon as practicable."

Ninth-placed Castleford cannot qualify for the play-offs, having won just 37.5 per cent of their games, but both Huddersfield (seventh with 43.75 per cent) and Leeds (fifth with 60 per cent) are still in contention for a top-four finish.

Greg Inglis said he turned down the opportunity to make his State of Origin return for Queensland this year.

Inglis retired from rugby league last year and ended his Origin career with the Maroons in 2018, however, the former Australia and Queensland star signed a one-year with Super League side Warrington Wolves for 2021.

Former Maroons head coach Kevin Walters previously talked up the possibility of an Inglis comeback, though he has since departed for Brisbane Broncos – replaced by legendary boss Wayne Bennett.

But Inglis – who made 32 appearances for Queensland between 2006 and 2018 – closed the door on Origin.

"I've had plenty of chats to Kevie about it [a comeback] throughout the year, but I made my mind up quite a long time ago," the 33-year-old told reporters on Tuesday.

"To be up for the Origin arena it is a lot mentally and physically, and I think it was in the best interests of me to say no and don’t put a burden on anyone else and to give the other players so they can showcase what they have on those big stages."

The 2020 State of Origin series between Queensland and New South Wales gets underway in Adelaide on November 4, before games in Sydney on November 11 and Brisbane on November 18.

New South Wales have won the past two Origin series, after Walters guided Queensland to back-to-back triumphs in 2016 and 2017.

Krisnan Inu and Rhyse Martin both scored late tries as Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos earned victories over St Helens and Castleford Tigers respectively in Monday's Super League games.

In a repeat of last season's Grand Final, Saints fielded an inexperienced side, naming five debutants with one eye on their forthcoming derby with Wigan, but the gamble backfired as they suffered a 12-10 defeat.

A try from Josh Eaves and three successful kicks from Lewis Dodd had given Saints a 10-0 lead as the leaders went in search of an 11th victory on the spin.

But Salford roared back with a try from Pauli Pauli before Inu muscled his way over the line before converting his own try to secure the win.

Martin's converted try ensured Leeds clinched a 28-24 Yorkshire derby win despite a late Castleford fightback with Oliver Holmes shown a red card for the Tigers.

Tries from Ava Seumanufagai, Luke Gale, Liam Sutcliffe and Tom Briscoe proved decisive for Leeds, as a late penalty score for Castleford was supplemented by two tries from Greg Eden plus one from Liam Watts.

Leeds – who are chasing a play-off spot – sit fifth in the standings, with two games against Wakefield Trinity to come this week.

Wakefield Trinity hauled themselves off the foot of the Super League table in convincing fashion as they claimed an emphatic 48-18 win over fellow strugglers Hull KR, with Ben Jones-Bishop scoring a hat-trick.

Chris Chester's side endured a nine-game losing streak following the resumption of Super League in August, while they also went down to Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup.

However, Trinity snatched a late win over Huddersfield on Thursday and, in their first match on home turf since March, ran riot against Rovers on Sunday.

Jones-Bishop was the star with three tries, while Reece Lyne went over twice for the rampant hosts.

Trinity were 26-0 up by the interval and, although Jordan Abdull, Jamie Ellis and Ben Crooks scored for the visitors either side of Jones-Bishop's third try of the game, Adam Tangata, Ryan Hampshire and Eddie Battye sealed back-to-back wins for Wakefield, who are now up to 10th.

Josh Simm and Bevan French scored hat-tricks for St Helens and Wigan Warriors in respective hammerings of Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils in Super League on Friday. 

Leeds defeated Salford to win the Challenge Cup last weekend but only four of that side were involved as the Rhinos were outclassed 40-8 by a Saints side who are closing on a third straight League Leaders' Shield.  

All of Simm's tries came in the first half with Zeb Taia also dotting down as Saints went into the break 22-0 ahead. 

Leeds showed some improvement after the restart with Cameron Smith crossing, but Theo Fages, Kevin Naiqama and Aaron Smith all scored for Saints before Liam Tindall's late try added a shred more respectability for the Rhinos.  

Wigan are second in the table and routed Salford 58-12 with Sam Powell and French going over twice and Liam Farrell scoring a try in a dominant first half in which Kallum Watkins replied for Salford. 

Jackson Hastings, Oliver Gildart and Farrell all scored for the Warriors after Tui Lolohea had cut Wigan's lead, before French completed his hat-trick and Gildart had a second in a comprehensive triumph. 

Castleford Tigers claimed a 38-24 victory over Hull KR to end a five-match losing run in Super League, with Greg Eden starring against his former club.

Eden scored a hat-trick of tries on Thursday, with his first helping Castleford race into a 24-0 lead by the 25th minute.

Jacques O'Neill, Alex Foster, Adam Milner also crossed, with Hull KR responding through Robbie Mulhern, Elliot Minchella and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Yet Eden's second put Castleford into further control and though Matt Parcell went over to hand Rovers – whose coach Tony Smith is isolating for 14 days due to COVID-19 protocols – a glimmer of hope, their former player completed his hat-trick late in the match to wrap up the win.

In Thursday's other fixture, bottom side Wakefield Trinity finally ended their dismal run of defeats as they secured a dramatic 18-14 win over Huddersfield Giants.

Tom Johnstone scored a double, with his second try securing Wakefield's first win since the league's restart in August to relieve some of the mounting pressure on coach Chris Chester.

Wakefield, who had a try harshly disallowed moments earlier, struck in the closing minutes – Johnstone diving over in the corner, with the video referee allowing the try to stand after checking on a possible ball steel from Jacob Miller.

The Super League Grand Final will be staged in Hull this year, marking the first time the game will not be played at Manchester United's Old Trafford. 

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone confirmed the switch in a statement on Thursday, revealing fixture clashes with United necessitated a change in venue. 

The match will now be played at Hull FC's KCOM Stadium on Friday, November 27. 

"It's unfortunate that the Covid-affected fixture schedules, of both Manchester United and Super League, mean that despite our best efforts we have had to find an alternative to the only home the Super League Grand Final has ever known," said Elstone. 

"After full consideration of a number of options, we're delighted to confirm that we will be taking the 2020 Super League Grand Final to the KCOM Stadium in Hull; a city and stadium with a proud rugby league heritage and one worthy of hosting the game's showpiece event."

St Helens beat Salford 23-6 in the 2019 final.

The Super League clash between Catalans Dragons and Hull FC has been cancelled after five players and two members of the French club's backroom staff tested positive for coronavirus.

There will be a shutdown of up to five days at Catalans in order for further antigen testing to be staged.

The positive tests cases were confirmed on Wednesday following testing on Tuesday and a further round of checks will take place in the coming days.

Those tests will determine whether the Dragons can return to training in time to play against Warrington Wolves next Monday.

Catalans face a backlog of fixtures, as their games against Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors were also postponed.

Wigan have been able to resume training after seven positive COVID-19 tests were reported at the club last week.

There were no positive cases in the latest round of testing of Warriors players and staff.

Three players and non-player at Wakefield Trinity tested positive for the virus this week, but their match against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday will go ahead.

Champions St Helens stretched their winning run to nine Super League matches with a 48-6 thrashing of strugglers Wakefield Trinity on Thursday.

The chasm between the division's top and bottom sides was evident as Tommy Makinson ran in a first-half hat-trick.

There were also two tries before the break for James Roby and a single score from Alex Walmsley to open up a 30-0 advantage.

Innes Senior belatedly offered a Wakefield response after Regan Grace extended that lead early in the second period.

Tries from Lewis Dodd and Kevin Naiqama completed the scoring for Saints, though, comfortable winners in the only match of the evening as coronavirus cases in the Wigan Warriors camp led to the clash with Catalans Dragons being called off.

Warrington Wolves moved into Super League's top four by defeating an inexperienced Leeds Rhinos side, while Hull KR overcame Salford Red Devils in a game that was delayed as both clubs awaited coronavirus test results.

With the Rhinos focusing their attention on Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Salford, a youthful line-up selected by head coach Richard Agar suffered a 32-6 defeat against Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Sam Walters restored parity after Toby King marked his 100th appearance for the Wolves with the first try of the game, with Stefan Ratchford's penalty the difference between the two teams at half-time.

However, the Wolves' experience told and a double from Matty Ashton sandwiched scores for Ben Currie and Daryl Clark in what ended up being a comfortable win.

Kick-off in Tuesday's first game between Rovers and Salford was pushed back by an hour just 90 minutes before kick-off after two players from each side returned inconclusive coronavirus tests, while the Red Devils confirmed two positive results earlier in the day.

The struggling Robins led for a fourth time when Jordan Abdull went over but Ed Chamberlain missed a conversion that would have put Salford in front after he touched down in the 77th minute.

However, Jamie Ellis scored a last-minute penalty after Pauli Pauli's high tackle on Matt Parcell to seal a 24-22 success, with Salford dropping to ninth as a result.

Marc Sneyd split the posts with a late penalty to give Hull FC an 18-16 victory over Huddersfield Giants in the day's other game.

Liam Farrell's late try secured an 18-14 victory for Wigan Warriors over Warrington Wolves, while St Helens continued to roll in Super League on Friday.

The Wolves led by six points at the break, with a penalty try and Chris Hill's score answered by Joe Greenwood for Wigan.

Zak Hardaker converted his own try to level the scores but a Stefan Ratchford penalty had Warrington just ahead going into the final stages.

But, just when it looked as though Warrington's brave defensive effort would yield its reward, Farrell took Harry Smith's offload to go over with four minutes left and Hardaker added the extras for second-placed Wigan to keep the Wolves fifth.

Leaders St Helens were made to work hard for an eighth straight Super League win, coming from behind to defeat Wakefield Trinity 20-16 in the first of the double header at Headingley.

Alex Walker and Craig Kopczak tries had Wakefield flying but their advantaged was reduced to 12-10 by the break, as Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Lachlan Coote responded.

Regan Grace crossed and Coote had a second before Matty Ashurst scored a consolation late on for struggling Wakefield.

Catalans Dragons remain in the play-off race after outclassing Hull KR 34-4.

Joel Tomkins and Tom Davies scored twice tries apiece, while Ben Garcia and Israel Folau also touched down to send the Dragons above Leeds Rhinos into third spot.

Ash Handley scored a hat-trick as Leeds Rhinos beat Hull FC 40-22 after Krisnan Inu claimed a treble for in-form Salford Red Devils in a defeat of Huddersfield Giants on Thursday.

Handley is the leading try-scorer in Super League this season after taking his tally to 12 in a victory at Headingley that moved the Rhinos up to fourth place.

Richard Agar's side beat Wigan Warriors to set up a Challenge Cup final showdown with Salford last time out and scored seven tries in an emphatic defeat of Hull, who stepped in to play at short notice due to positive coronavirus tests at Castleford Tigers.

Hull led 10-0 after 16 minutes courtesy of tries from Andre Savelio and Mahe Fonua, but Leeds were six points to the good at half-time thanks to a Jack Walker double either side of Handley's first try.

Scores from James Donaldson and Handley gave them breathing space but tries from Jack Brown and Josh Griffin - both converted by Marc Sneyd - in the space of four minutes gave Hull hope.

The Rhinos were comfortable winners in the end, though, Liam Sutcliffe going over before Handley intercepted a pass and charged 50 metres to complete his hat-trick, Rhyse Martin successfully converting for a sixth time.

Inu was the star of the show in the first game of the double-header, scoring all but four of Salford's points in a 24-16 win over Huddersfield.

The Red Devils have now won five in a row in all competitions after Inu dotted down twice in quick time early in the second half for a treble, also booting eight points, with Chris Atkin scoring Salford's other try.

James Graham will not feature in England's 2021 Rugby League World Cup campaign after confirming his international retirement.

The St Helens forward, who returned to the club this season after spells with Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons in NRL, started in the front row in the final of the 2017 tournament, which England lost 6-0 to Australia.

Graham won a combined 53 caps for England and Great Britain and was captain for the former's Test series win over New Zealand in 2018.

"Playing for England and GB, and representing all the people that have been a part of your career, is just simply an honour," said Graham.

"I know it sounds cheesy but every time I've sung the anthem, I've looked to the sky and thought about those people. It saddens me that I won't get to have that feeling as a player again.

"I will always be a passionate supporter of England Rugby League – and I'll be cheering on Shaun Wane and the lads at the World Cup next year."

Hosts England are scheduled to kick off the 2021 World Cup with a game against Samoa at St James' Park in Newcastle on October 23.

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