Referee Nigel Owens

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

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

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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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BBC forced to apologise after website prints Wales second-row's name as 'Jake Ballsack'

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Richie McCaw after victory for New Zealand at Twickenham

England vs New Zealand comment: Warrior wisdom of old battler Richie McCaw separates the men from the boys at Twickenham

The All Blacks remain far superior 10 months out from the World Cup

Non-existent with the ball given England didn’t know how to get him into the game. Useful in defence, but replaced after 62 minutes on his debut

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New Bath signing Sam Burgess

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo

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Mitch Lewis of the North Harbour Rays touches the ball down behind his own line, only for the referee to award an 'own try' and give the points to the Sydney Stars

Video: Australian rugby player scores first-ever 'own-try' after referee horror show

North Harbour Rays forward Mitch Lewis will go down in history as the first man to score an 'own-try' in rugby union

Hugh Godwin: Wasps didn't have to send themselves to Coventry

The club were invited in as partners in a new stadium near London
The captain and the warbler – England's Chris Robshaw with 'classical crossover singer' Camilla Kerslake

Comment: Stags and WAGs prove the wisdom of Stuart Lancaster and his plan to protect England's image during the 2015 Rugby World Cup

The head coach was awarded a new contract that will take him beyond the 2019 World Cup in Japan

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A streaker took to the field to tackle a Newcastle University player during their annual Varsity match against Team Northumbria

World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson has helped promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup

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Wilkinson revealed that the current England coaching team - who have extended their stay until 2020 - have reached out to the former fly-half

Rugby World Cup tickets are available until 6pm tonight

Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets: Deadline day for ballot, but majority of matches remain available - including England's first game

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