DECEMBER<br/>
Ashes to Ashes<br/>
England managed to lose the urn they had won in the summer in double quick time on their tour of Australia. The hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series as they got the better of England for the first time in seven years. It was a wholly deserved victory for the unfancied Australians who dominated every match as England fell apart.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 81-100

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Perpignan were fighting for their lives and seemed to have secured victory with only three minutes to play when Tommaso Benvenuti’s try gave them a 17-13 lead

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Munster just don’t know when to give up in the Heineken Cup.

Oxford scrum-half Sam Egerton walks off the Twickenham pitch after becoming the first person to be sent off in the Cambridge v Oxford varsity match

Varsity match winner Sam Egerton becomes the first person to be sent-off after he is deemed to have eye gouged an opponent during Oxford University's victory over Cambridge University

Egerton scored the match-winning try last season and was on the scoresheet again this year before making history in becoming the first player in 132 years to receive a red card

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie alongside England head coach Stuart Lancaster

Rugby Football Union claims the sport has not been affected by spot-fixing but remains determined in vigilance against corruption

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Francois Pienaar and Nelson Mandela after South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup

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Martin Johnson lifts the Webb Ellis Cup in 2003

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Gareth Steenson has been a key factor in Exeter's impressive rise to the Premiership top four

Gareth Steenson: Saracens will test Premiership play-off contenders Exeter’s standing as ‘a top side’

Gareth Steenson has warned that Premiership play-off contenders Exeter are ready to “push on and achieve more” after positioning themselves strongly for domestic and European success.

Jonny Wilkinson of England kicks the winning drop goal during extra time in the Rugby World Cup Final match between Australia and England at Telstra Stadium in 2003

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It is 10-years to the day since England lifted the Webb Ellis trophy

Wales coach Warren Gatland (left) and his assistant Rob Howley talk tactics

Jamie Roberts: Happy 100 to Gats! I owe our coach at Wales a lot and it's a pleasure to work with someone who says it how he sees it

The danger with sides like Tonga is that you chuck the ball around too much

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Australia suspend six players for 'excessive drinking session' before victory over Ireland

Wingers Adam Ashley Cooper and Nick Cummins among players who will miss the final Autumn international against Scotland

Matt Butler: Context is everything when the All Blacks come dancing your way

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Air force: England’s Mike Brown put in a performance against New Zealand that showed he is made of the right stuff

The Calvin report: Tale of respect and proper perspective

England eager to learn how the All Blacks defend the honour and pride of a nation with humility

One jump ahead: Courtney Lawes gathers but England were patchy

The Twickenham File: Chris Robshaw's men lack killer bite when they are starved of scrums

Where do you consider England's traditional strengths lie? That's right, the set-piece, the less than glamorous areas on which success is founded. Where did it go wrong for England yesterday when the outcome hung in the balance, midway through the second half? That's right, the set-piece or, with regard to the scrum, the lack of it.

Cory Allen trains at the Millennium Stadium yesterday ahead of his debut for Wales against Argentina today

Jamie Roberts: I know what Cory Allen will be going through before his Wales debut, and he’s smart enough to rise to the occasion

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