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

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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'

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

Former England hooker Brian Moore has branded Manu Tuilagi a “complete and utter prat” for his prank on David Cameron when the British and Irish Lions gathered at Downing Street on Monday afternoon.

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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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Andy Goode at Wasps training ground

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Apart from Brian O’Driscoll, the rest of the Lions remain pretty anonymous

Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll to retire

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Cliff Morgan, who spoke about rugby as he played, has died

'... brilliant by Quinnell. This is Gareth Edwards! A dramatic start. What a score!' Cliff Morgan, who has died at 83, spoke about rugby as he played – with passion and perfect timing

Strangely enough, Cliff Morgan was never entirely satisfied with the 48 words of television commentary that earned him his place in sport's eternal memory, even though his rolling, length-of-the-field description of Gareth Edwards' joyous score for the Barbarians against the unsmiling All Blacks in 1973 was the quintessence of Welsh rugby romance – an account that would not have been bettered had Richard Burton himself grabbed the microphone and sung the try's praises in the poetic cadences of Dylan Thomas in full "Fern Hill" flood.

David Flatman staging 'Ashes' boxing match between Danny Grewcock and Justin Harrison

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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.
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