Peter Fatialofa: Sportsman who led Samoa to victory over Wales and on

The rugby union player Peter Fatialofa was a prop forward who captained Samoa at the 1991 World Cup and helped craft an image of Samoan rugby which mixed physical prowess with gentleness and humility. The Samoans beat Wales on their home ground at Cardiff to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals, a victory which remains one of the most significant achieved by a team from the Pacific Islands.

New Zealand v England: 'It was just my lucky day,' admits hero Matt

Matt Prior reflected on the vagaries of batting fortune after his match and series-saving innings for England. He scored an unbeaten 110 which ensured that England left New Zealand with a 0-0 draw in the series that looked likely to elude them. It was crisp, to the point and deserved the reward it brought.

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Alex Thomson finishing Vendée Globe in cautious mode

Foot off the pedal and doing everything to protect his third place over the last 500 miles, Alex Thomson was sounding happier as he added “I don’t care where I finish (in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race) just as long as I finish.”