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Teachers say children at Swanson Primary School were better behaved when typical playground rules were banished

Watson stands alone for Britain

Heather Watson was attempting last night to become the only British woman to win a main-draw match in the final week before the start of the Australian Open next Monday.

Brad Barritt goes on the charge at Twickenham: 'I like to think I'd be adaptable to what any coach wants'

Boring Barritt can fill gaping hole in centre of England

Saracen's defensive qualities could be well suited to reviving Red Rose fortunes

Gelling to fill Tomkins' boots at Wigan

Wigan have completed the signing of the player they hope will fill the gap left by the switch of Joel Tomkins to rugby union with Saracens.

Jubilant Kashiwa Reysol players celebrate winning their first J-League title last weekend

We don't fear Barcelona, say minnows

Japanese and African champions refuse to be cowed as World Club Championship kicks off

The market in front of the City Hall in Vienna

Vienna has best living standard in the world, survey finds

Vienna has the best living standard in the world - and Baghdad the worst, according to an annual survey.

Lewis Moody and Martin Johnson have been heavily criticised in the leaked report - both are now no longer involved with England

Johnson regime's shameful failure is laid bare

Explosive contents of leaked report show just how wrong former manager and backroom staff got it at the World Cup

Stephen Donald says he decided to make a 'fresh start' at Bath before the World Cup

Bath back new star Stephen Donald to hit the ground running

McGeechan says All Black World Cup winner can make an immediate impact with his new club

Traveller's Guide: New Zealand

This week, sports fans are aiming for the far side of the world for the Rugby World Cup – but the host nation has plenty to offer away from the pitch.

New Zealand lays down teetotal law for rugby's World Cup

It will be New Zealand's biggest sporting event, a rare chance for the country to bathe in the international limelight and show off the prowess of the All Blacks national team. So every detail of the Rugby World Cup is being carefully managed – down to measures to prevent fans from getting too drunk and using beer cans as missiles.

Chic with sheep: Auckland aghast at PR stunt for Rugby World Cup

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, although to whom, and whether they were sober, is not clear: celebrate the Rugby World Cup by running a thousand sheep down Auckland's main street, accompanied by bikini-clad models on quad bikes.

Video: Tornado rips through Auckland

A tornado has left a trail of destruction in New Zealand's largest city of Auckland, killing one person and injuring at least 14.

One dead after tornado rips through Auckland

A tornado ripped across part of New Zealand's largest city today, upturning cars and sending debris slicing through the air, witnesses and news reports said. At least one person was killed and about 20 injured, a hospital official said.

Cipriani suffers mixed fortunes as Rebels are tamed again

Auckland Blues 40 Melbourne Rebels 23

Sale Sharks sign New Zealand star Sam Tuitupou from Munster

Sale Sharks have signed New Zealand inside centre Sam Tuitupou from Munster on a two-year contract.

New Zealand election? After the rugby, mate

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday that the general election will be on 26 November. He said the unusually long notice period was designed to avoid distractions during the Rugby World Cup.

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