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

Antioxidants may boost chances of pregnancy

Men who are struggling to make their partner pregnant could boost their chances by taking antioxidants, new research suggests.

Maria Sharapova and Heather Watson out in Auckland

Top seed Maria Sharapova's flirtation with the New Zealand public came to a premature end today with a surprising 6-2 7-5 loss to unseeded Hungarian Greta Arn in the quarter-finals of the Auckland Classic.

All Blacks in top Gear to leave Wales behind

Wales 25 New Zealand 35

Sonny Bill makes outlook all black for hammered Scots

Scotland 3 New Zealand 49

Mealamu let off lightly as Scots braced for All Blacks' big hitters

So those darned All Blacks are still to register a loss on Caledonian soil.

Fresh-faced England hint at brighter future for Johnson

England 16 New Zealand 26: Foden, Youngs and Ashton impress as tyros mount late fightback to lift World Cup hopes

McNamara eager to avoid wooden spoon

England have flown to Auckland looking for a face-saving display after their Four Nations failures. Defeats to New Zealand and Australia have left Steve McNamara's team facing the wooden spoon, should they lose to Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

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Morley 'gutted' as arm injury ends England captain's tour in warm-up

England's Four Nations campaign has got off to the worst possible start with their captain, Adrian Morley, set to miss the tournament after rupturing a biceps. Morley was sent for a scan after suffering the injury in the sixth minute of the 18-18 draw with the New Zealand Maori on Saturday in a warm-up match for the tournament and the worst fears were confirmed. His Warrington team-mate Garreth Carvell last night flew out as a replacement.

New father Fielden joins up with squad

Stuart Fielden is finally on his way to join the rest of England's squad for the Four Nations. The Wigan prop flew to New Zealand last night, four days after the rest of the party, having stayed behind for the overdue birth of his first child. He will arrive in Auckland in time to be considered for the warm-up match against the New Zealand Maori on Saturday.

Pre-conception diet link to baby's health

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables before conception could boost the chances of delivering a baby of healthy weight, according to a new study.

Campaigners demand an end to loan sharking

More than 100 MPs are backing a campaign to end legal loan sharking by signing a parliamentary motion calling for a cap on the cost of credit.

Peter Bills: New Zealand are revolutionising rugby

A strange, alien sighting was glimpsed in the skies above Wellington's Westpac stadium last Saturday night. Or rather, it was something that wasn't there that was so bewildering, so baffling.

McCaw braced for a reaction from hurt Springboks

New Zealand's captain Richie McCaw warned his side to be prepared for a Springbok backlash in this morning's Tri Nations Test in Wellington.

New Zealand demand more from their players

New Zealand assistant coach Steve Hansen has warned his side there must be no let-up in their intensity levels when they face South Africa again at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.

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