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Marland Yarde

Marland Yarde set to make Test debut for England against Argentina

The tourists are looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series

Victoria Holden wearing a Laura Ashley frock
Freddie Burns It will be no surprise if he is part of England's creative axis at the World Cup

Quintet seek harmony to pass England Test audition

Chance for Burns, Twelvetrees, Joseph, Wade and Yarde to excite against Baa-Baas

Former England international Tom Voyce announces retirement

The wing was part of London Welsh's squad in the Aviva Premiership this season

Gavin Henson is keen on Bath switch

Bath have confirmed they are in talks with Wales international Gavin Henson over a possible move to the Rec.

Combe Down tunnel

Tunnel vision for Bath

An old railway route has been turned into 13 miles of cycling pleasure, says Fred Mawer

Peter Stringer (left) and Jérôme Fillol clash before the spitting incident

IRB call for 'spitting' Frenchman to feel force of law

Peter Stringer was “disgusted” at apparently being spat at by his French opposite number Jérôme Fillol as Bath became the last English side to crash out of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Over and out: Eastmond is tackled by Bonneval

Bath 20 Stade Francais 36 match report: Bath hit hard by the superior – but unsavoury – Stade

Whatever befalls England's representatives in the Heineken Cup, the three English clubs in the Amlin Challenge Cup have endured a woeful weekend. Despite home advantage, Gloucester, London Wasps and, yesterday, Bath have been outclassed.

Bath captain Stuart Hooper hopes to make home advantage count

Bath determined to maintain Challenge Cup record

Bath will aim to maintain a proud Amlin Challenge Cup record when they tackle quarter-final opponents Stade Français at the Recreation Ground today.

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Aviva Premiership round-up: Semesa Rokoduguni deflates battling London Welsh

Few would have expected anything else. London Welsh, weighed down by their five-point deduction, showed that they will fight to the end against relegation from the Premiership, but yesterday raw effort was not enough.

Jonathan Slinger (Hamlet)

Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

David Farr's new take on Hamlet takes place in what looks like the fencing gym of a run-down public school.

Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams (r) has revealed his passion for teddy bears, cupcakes and flowers, in a series of unexpectedly domestic posts on Twitter

Gerry Adams reveals his passion for teddy bears

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has revealed his passion for teddy bears, cupcakes and flowers, in a series of unexpectedly domestic posts on Twitter.

JK Rowling was in remarkably open mood as she faced her ebullient audience of 1,600 fans

Bath Literature Festival: JK Rowling on the freedom of Potter to bed, a new book for children... and her first snog

Harry Potter fans still clinging to the hope that JK Rowling may return to Hogwarts to write a prequel should take heed: it's not likely to happen.

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