2015 Sporting Calendar: Rugby World Cup, Wimbledon, The Ashes, Tour de France and Cricket World Cup dates

Looking ahead to all the sporting events of 2015

Firecracker: George Ford has the poise and panache to take England all the way

Rugby World Cup 2015: House of Lancaster faces home truths

With this kind draw and home advantage, not to win the World Cup would be the greatest missed opportunity since that bloke at Decca Records turned down the Beatles

Delon Armitage has been labelled 'habitual offender'

Banned Delon Armitage branded 'habitual offender' by disciplinary panel

Toulon back handed 12-week ban for abusing Leicester fans

Liam Williams: welsh rugby international apologises for 'blacking up' as Swansea footballer Wilfried Bony

The rugby player has now deleted the picture he posted to Twitter showing him in fancy dress with four friends

Reds Chairman Rod McCall, James Horwill and Coach Richard Graham

James Horwill to join Harlequins: Former Australia captain to join Premiership club after the Rugby World Cup

29-year-old lock will continue to play with the Reds and the Wallabies until he moves to the Premiership at the end of the year

Carter will join Racing Metro following the Rugby World Cup this year

Dan Carter to join Racing Metro: New Zealand fly-half agrees move to French club after the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Carter could be paid as much as £1m per year in a three-year contract that will also end his international Test career

Bath centre Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess will only get so far with his athletic ability, but if he adapts to rugby union as well as he did league then England are in for a treat

Burgess has played just 55 minutes of rugby union but is already tipped for an England Saxons call-up, so the question remains: Is 'Slammin' Sam' the real deal?

Phil Batty with Harley Street colleague Marco Zanobbi working with Leyton Orient footballer Gary Sawyer

From patching up the England rugby team to Manchester City: Injury-time secrets of a club doctor

Sports physician Dr Phil Batty has patched up the England rugby team, Manchester City and Blackburn and tells Tim Rich how tiredness causes injuries, alcohol makes them worse and how much his field has changed

David Pocock, former Australian rugby captain, issued warning after arrest at coal mine protest

The sportsman joined around 30 demonstrators forming a blockade at the Maules Creek mine. He was arrested after chaining himself to machinery

Ben Morgan has made huge strides for England at No 8

Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 

Chris Henry in action for Ireland against Scotland in the 2014 Six Nations

Ulster and Ireland flanker Chris Henry set to miss number of months after being diagnosed with a 'blocked blood vessel in his brain'

Six Nations-winning flanker has missed Ireland's last two matches with an 'unspecified illness' and the IRFU have confirmed the seriousness of his injury

What goes on tour stays on tour by Brian Moore

Book of the week: What goes on tour stays on tour by Brian Moore

Former England international reveals what life's like behind the scenes when on a rugby tour

Referee Nigel Owens

Stuart Lancaster supports RFU's investigation into alleged homophobic abuse aimed at referee Nigel Owens at Twickenham

A letter was written to the RFU by a fan in the crowd during England's 24-21 defeat to New Zealand to report the allegations

Brad Barritt

Lewis Moody column: Brad Barritt is not the future for England. He is a stop-gap

The World Cup winner offers his view ahead of the clash with South Africa

Referee Nigel Owens

RFU investigating alleged homophobic abuse aimed at referee Nigel Owens during England vs New Zealand match

Owens has claimed he was the subject of discriminatory taunts during England's 24-21 defeat to the All Blacks last weekend

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REACTIONIreland 19 England 9: Coach leads praise for brilliant half-backs after Grand Slam hopes end
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Dan Biggar touches down under the attentions of Brice Dulin for Wales' match-winning try
REPORTFrance 13 Wales 20: Biggar scores the try that puts Welsh out of reach
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Italy celebrate scoring their second try
REPORTScotland 19 Italy 22: Last-minute penalty try gives Italy a rare Six Nations victory
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The Football Lawyer: The career of a Premier League footballer is similar to that of a City professional

In football, where money talks, there are few pronouncements louder than the salary of a Premier Lea...

A World Cricket XI for the ages

One man’s pursuit of cricketing nerd nirvana: an all-time XI made up of a player from each decade 19...

Wheels: Journeys in Parlympic Sport

The World Cup is all well and good, but James Moore can't wait for the arrival of new chairs for his...

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