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

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

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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
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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

Quins are struggling and a visit to Clermont may not help but lock believes he can find key to storm the fortress, he tells Chris Hewett

Ollie Phillips takes part in a skills session on Flamengo Beach

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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.

English and Welsh club captains with the Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups

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Neither side prepared to give ground in TV row that threatens to sink competition

Kahn Fotuali'i (Northampton, Samoa); Logovi'i Mulipola (Leicester, Samoa) and Vereniki Goneva (Leicester, Fiji)

Aviva Premiership: The invasion of South Seas players

There has been an astonishing influx of Pacific players into European rugby of late and Leicester’s Vereniki Goneva tells Chris Hewett why it can help the island nations progress on the global stage

Quentin Smith, the chairman of Premier Rugby says, ‘The stable door has been shut and bolted’

Clubs dismiss talks and commit to new Champions Cup

England’s top-flight clubs already have a name for the tournament they say will fill the gap in the fixture list left by their abandonment of the Heineken Cup and the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup at the end of the season. It will be called the Rugby Champions Cup. More significantly at this stage of the political game, they confirmed yesterday that together with the leading French teams, their partners in rebellion, they would not engage in any mediation process aimed at saving the two existing European competitions.

Jacques Burger interview: Battle back to fitness

The Saracens flanker, who played through the last World Cup for Namibia in pain, tells Chris Hewett he is raring to go again after major knee surgery

David Cameron plays down 'bunny ears' gesture from Manu Tuilagi - 'it was just a bit of fun'

The Lions player played the prank during a photo call with the PM in Downing  Street

Brian Moore calls Manu Tuilagi 'a complete and utter prat' over bunny ears prank on Prime Minister David Cameron

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Gloucester prop Nick Wood (right) is sent off for stamping

Gloucester's Nick Wood faces long ban as referees feel the strain

Nick Wood, the Gloucester prop sent off at Saracens for using the flanker Jacques Burger as a human doormat, will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in Bristol on Tuesday to answer for his crime. It should not take him long – he has already apologised to all and sundry, both for stamping on Burger’s head and for leaving his team a man short for 79 minutes of an 80-minute game – but his suspension could drag on for quite a while. He will be very lucky indeed if he plays again before the end of November.

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