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Mike Phillips, one of many in the Wales team with Lions experience, in training

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Gloucester ban fan who threw drink over Wasps player Elliot Daly

The incident occurred during Saturday's league game

Comment: Scrum rule changes are bad news for cheats

There are still some top-level front rows whose first instinct is to cheat rather than to scrummage properly, together with a handful of elite referees who let them get away with it. There are still collapses and stand-ups and endless varieties of unlawful wheeling tactics that eat up valuable playing time, and if you try to count the crooked feeds by the rival scrum-halves over the course of a single half of rugby, you are likely to run out of fingers. And yet, the set-piece is better for the changes introduced earlier this year. Miles better.

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Michael Calvin: England rebuilding squandered legacy

The Calvin report: Heroes of 2003 were paraded at half-time but Stuart Lancaster knows a lot of work is still needed to get back to World Cup winning ways

Chris Robshaw brings a welcome measure of consistency to the captain's role

The Last Word: Time to trust Chris Robshaw to be England's man for all seasons

England have gone through 16 captains and with it a period of soul-searching

Sacked by Australia, James O'Connor is at London Irish

Brian Smith: Wallabies are in a much better space than the English like to imagine

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Lewis Moody (right) lines up a tackle on Australia's Stephen Larkham during the World Cup final in Sydney 10 years ago

Lewis Moody: Stuart Lancaster is doing it his way and putting post-2003 errors in the past

Moody Views: When Clive Woodward stepped away there was nothing else in place

Chris Hewett: Why England coach is right not to change captaincy

Chris Robshaw is a highly effective leader of the 'follow me over the top' variety
Matt Jess scores for Exeter during their battering of Cardiff during the opening round of Heineken Cup matches

Robin Scott-Elliot: Even rugby’s biggest clubs need the spin-off from international game

Sport Matters: Lancaster has a say in the planning that is beyond Hodgson’s wildest dream

Robson: 'We all know what's being said about us and it comes as a shock to the system'

George Robson interview: Harlequins will throw the sink at Clermont in Heineken Cup

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Ollie Phillips takes part in a skills session on Flamengo Beach

Rugby Sevens: Brazil adding samba style to scrum for 2016

The British are helping to bring a whole new ball game to the beach and finding Brazilian flair transfers well to rugby

Richardt Strauss: The Ireland hooker is to undergo heart surgery this week

Heineken Cup final to be held in Italy... if it’s held at all

Italian rugby folk have frequently had cause to bemoan their misfortune – the Azzurri are no strangers to being diddled out of important victories by referees or being betrayed by World Cup fixture planners – so it would be just their luck to host a Heineken Cup final for the first time in a season when no one turns up. Yesterday, the tournament organisers declared that the 2015 showpiece would be played at the 80,000-capacity San Siro in Milan. It may prove a year too late.

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<b>Mike Tindall (England)</b><br/>
Could almost have filled this side full of English players such was the litany of PR disasters for Martin Johnson and his men. From dwarf throwing, to branded gum-shields to Manu 'Waterbaby' Tuilagi chucking himself into the Auckland water - and that's just off-the-pitch. But Tindall had to be included simply because his experience should've ensured he and his teammates never got ensnared in such extra-curricular nonsense. The newly married Royal rugby man was duly embarrassed by headlines of him cavorting with a blonde and it set the tone for England's disappointing performances that followed.
The 35-year-old won 75 caps for his country
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