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

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Owen Farrell ready to exorcise the ghosts of a testing summer

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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

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Clermont Auvergne players Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser

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

French internationals suffer 'deep cuts' and Pierre will have to undergo surgery on his hip, but the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening

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
Tighthead prop Dan Cole has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations after sustaining a neck injury

Dan Cole unlikely to play in England's Autumn Internationals as he is to undergo surgery on a bulging disc in his neck that will keep him out for six months

Cole has been out since March but a period of rest has not corrected the trapped nerve and his could miss the rest of the year

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Hugh Godwin asks the question of whether the Toulon flanker should be involved in the showcase tournament later this year
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Mike Brown of England receives medical attention during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham
Full-back unlikely to play again this season because of headaches ‘throughout the day’ - two months after being knocked out
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