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

Carter pulls strings to end hopes of an Irish rebellion

Ireland, 3 New Zealand, 22

Two years on and still no London freesheet winner

The capital's streets have witnessed a war of attrition between two of the UK's biggest press groups. Joy Lo Dico reports on a fight to the death

Liam Finn - heartbreak heaven

Kiwi rocker Liam Finn was so inspired by a break-up, he's yearning for another, says Nick Hasted

Andrew stands firm as night on town echoes on-field shambles

When Martin Johnson, the new England manager, unveils his first 32-man senior squad a week tomorrow, it may well contain the names of the four players at the centre of a rape investigation by New Zealand police. There's a depressing thought. As the union game heads into its summer recess, it has no way of knowing whether the inquiry into events at the team hotel in Auckland after the first Test against the All Blacks nine days ago will still be ongoing when it returns. Only this much is certain: the image of red-rose rugby is in tatters.

Playmaker pulls the strings in perfect symmetry

If Daniel Carter spends his "sabbatical" in France – Toulon have offered him half-a-million quid for half a year's work – he might find himself reacquainted with déjà vu.

Joan Smith: To clear your name, it helps to speak up

Why sexual assault is not a form of entertainment

How night on the tiles ended in scandalous allegations against England's 'Auckland Four'

First-time visitors to Auckland's notorious Pony Club are normally warned to be on the lookout. Go though the wrong door to this popular celebrity watering hole and you're likely to end up in one of New Zealand's oldest pole-dancing joints, where well-heeled punters are relieved of £100 a time to enjoy a private show in the Showgirls Champagne Room. A second door leads to a dimly lit massage parlour. As one recent visitor observed, "either way you'll be overdressed".

England players 'decline police interviews' in NZ

Four England rugby players have declined to be interviewed over sex attack allegations, New Zealand police said today.

England struggle to keep show on the road

They headed off to training at a school playing field down the road, kitbags slung over one shoulder and the cares of the world piled upon the other. England's rugby team, badly defeated by New Zealand in Auckland five days ago, set about preparing for their second and final meeting with the All Blacks this weekend in the uncomfortable knowledge that four among their number were the subject of a police inquiry into allegations that a “serious” offence had been committed in a hotel room at the dead of night.

Barkley shows frustration over selection

Olly Barkley has not quite given up hope, although he expects to see an entire herd of pigs flying over Twickenham's new south stand before he is given the chance to spend more than a few minutes in the problem role most rugby followers with reliable eyesight believe he can perform at international level on a long-term basis.

'No formal complaint' over England Rugby players

No complaint has yet been made against four England rugby players at the centre of a "serious allegation" over an incident at a New Zealand hotel, police said today.

NZ police investigate England rugby players

Detectives in Auckland were last night investigating an accusation of a "serious nature" against four of the England players currently in New Zealand for the two-Test series against the All Blacks.

Loose-head prop up the bar? England deny Sheridan accusations

Andrew Sheridan, very much the symbol of the England rugby team in these parts and still commonly regarded as the world's most destructive loose-head prop despite his ups and downs against the All Blacks in Auckland at the weekend, is doubtful for this weekend's second and final Test – not because of disciplinary issues, although New Zealand broadcasters spent yesterday whipping up a story about him drinking after hours during the build-up to the match at Eden Park, but because of a nasty eye injury.

New Zealand 21 Ireland 2: O'Connell's Ireland show true worth

Not so very long ago, the Rugby Football Union chairman, Martyn Thomas, effectively dismissed England's comprehensive Six Nations victory over Ireland as an irrelevance, thereby cutting the last piece of ground from beneath the feet of the head coach, Brian Ashton, who was duly declared surplus to requirements a week later.

Peter Tomory: Distinguished art historian

Art history took Peter Tomory all over the world, just as earlier Scots expatriates travelled as engineers and medical men in the service of Empire. Indeed, because his father was in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Tomory was born in Hong Kong and partly brought up in India. He was at school near London, and regular visits to the Tate and British Museum, as well as one to the Alte Pinakothek gallery in Munich while on a skiing trip in 1938, kindled his interest in art history.

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