Lund urges Basque underdogs to draw on pain of 2006 defeat

Biarritz are not, as things currently stand, among the best half-dozen teams in France; they cannot call on the services of their match-winning back Damien Traille, who fractured his forearm a few weeks ago; and the rugby they play is, more often than not, so lacking in colour and grandeur that it is hard to believe the great Serge Blanco spent a sporting lifetime at the club.

Balshaw gets used to laissez-faire Biarritz

Iain Balshaw was a callow 18-year-old who was just beginning his career with Bath when fellow full-back Jon Callard scored all 19 points in the West Country club's 19-18 win over Brive in the 1998 Heineken Cup final in Bordeaux. The teenager must have envisaged many more European glamour ties. Now a thirty-something, he may finally get his chance to play in a Heineken Cup final – but with the French club Biarritz, who meet Munster in the semi-final in San Sebastian this afternoon. It may be his last chance.

Eta's terrorist chief captured in cottage as he plans his next plot

French police swoop on man wanted for bomb plot on King at Guggenheim

Album: Katia and Marielle Labèque, Labèque (KML)

Like an increasing number of classical performers – most notably John Eliot Gardiner with SDG Records – the Labèque sisters have reacted to an industry in recession by establishing their own outlet, KML Recordings.

Basques of the net: Bilbao's iconic football team

Forget the Guggenheim: it's Bilbao's iconic football team that really stirs the pride of locals, says Will Hawkes

Eta gun and bomb cache is seized

More than a ton of explosives and 30 firearms have been seized so far this year from caches believed to have been hidden by the Basque separatist group Eta, Spanish and French police reported yesterday.

Cycling: Stage-winner Astarloza tests positive for EPO

The 2009 Tour de France's clean slate for doping scandals was shattered yesterday when it was announced that stage 16 winner Mikel Astarloza had failed a test for the banned blood-booster EPO.

Return of Eta's summer bomb campaigns puts fear into tourists

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Anthony Rose: 'Dark reds from the tannat grape were found to be the richest in the anti-oxidant procyanadin'

A fortnight ago, I looked at the Quercy side of south-west France. This week it's the turn of Gascony, stretching west from Toulouse to the Atlantic and the Pyrenees. Gascony is home to the dark, tannat-based reds of Madiran, Saint Mont and, nestling in the Pyrenean foothills, the independent-minded Basque sub-region of Irouléguy. So goodbye for now to the malbec of Cahors and hello fer servadou – known as pinenc in Saint Mont – and the dark reds made from tannat grape, the variety found by Dr Roger Corder to be the richest in the anti-oxidant chemical procyanadin.

Car bomb in Spain's Basque country kills policeman

A powerful car bomb exploded today near the Basque city of Bilbao, killing a policeman in an attack that bore the hallmarks of the separatist group ETA, officials said.

Eta planned to assassinate judge with poisoned brandy

Eta Basque separatists planned to kill one of their most hated enemies, Spain's crusading magistrate Baltasar Garzon, with a poisoned bottle of brandy sent as a gift by an ostensible admirer, it emerged this week.

Break for the boarder: Biarritz is the perfect place for novice surfers to catch their first waves

Lawrence Dallaglio is on my plane. As I sit waiting for take-off, the former England and Wasps rugby player comes lumbering down the aisle, struggling to fit his massive frame between the seats. I smile at him as he passes; it's unclear whether he reciprocates or grimaces. Nor am I about to ask, because I'm more concerned with the plane's ability to take off with a man-mountain on board. Is there some ballast we could drop as a precaution?

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