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

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Coach's view: Australia will draw confidence from their victory a year ago

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

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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

No mood for compromise at split Heineken launch

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

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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'

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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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