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Richie McCaw lifts the World Cup trophy after success in 2011

Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets: Fans warned buying from touts could result in refused entry ahead of ballot launch on Friday

Anyone found to have purchased tickets from touts risked being refused entry to matches as the Rugby World Cup organisers take measures to tackle unlicensed sources

Gareth Thomas inaction for Cardiff Blues

Gareth Thomas and I spent the morning in a graveyard, sitting on a bench, in the rain, discussing death, despair and divinity…

Michael Calvin meets the Welsh icon who has become a symbol of hope for the sporting gay community. But the former Lions captain’s journey has been a tortuous one that so nearly ended in a cliff-top suicide

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Owen Williams injury: Wales international making progress in recovery from spinal cord injury

Williams' club Cardiff Blues have confirmed that he has begun 'upper limb rehabilitation' and is able to leave the hospital for short periods

A view of the Webb Ellis trophy that will be the prize at the 2015 World Cup

World Cup 2015: RFU keen on peace deal with clubs over clash

Ian Ritchie is exploring ways  for clubs to be able to fulfil fixtures during the World Cup

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Former England captain and Independent columnist Lewis Moody

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Natasha Hunt, who scored two tries in England’s 65-3 win over Samoa, is back in the starting XV to face Canada

England bring greater focus to Canada test after Kiwis’ reverse blows cup wide open

England admit tournament is wide open after Ireland beat New Zealand

Anthony Tuitavake, Sam Tuitupou, Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu

IRB loophole could see former New Zealand internationals switch allegiance and play for Samoa, Tonga and Fiji

The likes of Anthony Tuitavake and Sam Tuitupou have confirmed that they will switch international side after a change in regulations which will shake up the international stage

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Aurelien Rougerie, Benjamin Kayser and Julien Pierre hospitalised after attack by gang with machetes, knifes and swords in France

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Mike Tindall has retired

Mike Tindall retires: Centre become the last of England's 2003 World Cup team to retire

The 35-year-old won 75 caps for his country

England captain Chris Robshaw during training yesterday ahead of this morning’s final Test

England can end tour on a high if they can stitch 80 minutes together against the All Blacks

The Test series has been in the All Black safe since last weekend’s one-point victory in the South Island’s wintry depths, but the world champions have yet to shake themselves free of a determined challenge to their sense of superiority.

Kyle Eastmond has a big chance to strengthen his place in the England Test squad

New Zealand 28 England 27: Five areas that England need to fix

England lost their second Test in a row to New Zealand and with it saw the series disappear. Hugh Godwin picks out the areas that need addressing.

Manu Tuilagi runs with the ball during the England training session

Brian Smith: Defensively, it's a huge gamble by Stuart Lancaster to move Manu Tuilagi out to the wing for second Test

Coach's View: Dagg looked unpickable. McCaw needs to show age is not catching up with him
The All Black lock Brodie Retallick has been too busy playing hard games for the Chiefs to take much notice of England’s tour party

Brian Smith: New Zealand will not be underestimating this weakened squad – they haven't forgotten 2012

They will feel that England are one of the few sides who genuinely have their measure
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Henry Slade is making a big impression at Exeter
INTERVIEW Talented Exeter youngster could be invaluable at next year's World Cup for England
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London Welsh’s Olly Barkley returns to his former club, Bath, on Saturday
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