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England ready to name two spinners for second Test

Cipriani suffers demotion to Saxons duty

High-profile Wasps outside-half overlooked for Six Nations clash with Italy

Eddie Jones: Who I'd pick in my England starting XV

Calling the shots

Saracens recruit Marshall to plug gap

Jones turns to former All Black great to solve scrum-half shortage

Cueto puts case for England recall

Sale 14 London Irish 8

Flatman boosts his England hopes

Bath 25 Northampton 14

Luke Narraway: 'A lot of people are saying we have run out of excuses and need to nail a trophy'

Gloucester travel to London Irish for today's top of the Premiership showdown with No 8 Luke Narraway determined that they lose their reputation as serial chokers and, as he tells Chris Hewett, to force his way back into the England team

Saint-André calls time on Sale spell

Frenchman to be succeeded by Kingsley Jones at end of season after four-year reign

Cipriani dropped from England team

Danny Cipriani has been dropped from the England team to play New Zealand on Saturday.

Sheridan set to miss New Zealand

England prop Andrew Sheridan will miss Saturday's game against New Zealand as he continues to receive treatment on a neck injury.

England lose Sheridan for South Africa clash

England prop Andrew Sheridan has been ruled out of Saturday's game against South Africa with a neck injury.

Haskell is recalled to battle Boks

England bring back big-tackling Wasps forward for Saturday's South Africa Test

South Africa prepare for long season's final effort

Just as Martin Johnson and his colleagues in the England hierarchy were weighing up Andrew Sheridan's chances of recovering from neck trouble in time for this weekend's tussle with the world champions of South Africa, while simultaneously grappling with the rather larger problem of the demise of the red rose scrummage, the Springboks were having a few problems of their own – some of them of the common or garden orthopaedic variety, others significantly more complex and, quite possibly, beyond immediate repair.

Johnson set for 'smart' answer

England manager praises Australian strategy and does not expect Marseilles repeat

England seek to seal place among elite

Johnson's men need three wins to book a top-four seeding for the World Cup

Sheridan seeks to reprise Wallaby destroyer role

Loose-head prop has been Australia's nemesis in the past but admits need to sharpen up
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links