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Empress Eugénie's influence on fashion came very much from her far from ordinary  life, says Alexander Fury

Peter Bills: Heineken Cup following predictable path

There may have been exciting individual matches and for sure there was no lack of courage and commitment.

Tolkienesque Waldrom gives Leicester look of European lords

Leicester 46 Scarlets 10

Bath pick up bonus point but Meehan still not satisfied

Bath may have picked up five points on their trip to Italy on Saturday, but head coach Steve Meehan still wants to see more from his players. After last week's loss at home to Biarritz, a bonus-point win at Magners League minnows Aironi was the only outcome that would leave the West County side with a credible chance of advancing from Pool Four of the Heineken Cup.

Craig's masterplan to revive Bath glory days gets off to a rocky start

New owner has energised the club but after Biarritz debacle questions are being asked

David Flatman: We must stuff Biarritz, then treat them to a dodgy pasty

From the Front Row: It's only October but our Heineken Cup opener at home to tasty French today is a must-win game

Get your kicks: rugby's finest marksmen are ready to make their mark

The world's finest kickers will be out in force on the Heineken Cup's first weekend. Who will dominate the competition?

Exiles draw on Samoan strength as they prepare for Irish duel

This Weekend's Games

Entente discordiale: time for English clubs to prove they can end French rule

As the Heineken Cup kicks off, Premiership sides face a tough test to upset the continental elite's growing dominance

Lawrence Dallaglio: Cardiff can end Welsh jinx and Racing are certainty to shine

The former England captain's pool-by-pool guide to the Heineken Cup

'Group of Death' does not hold any fears for Irish after Heineken Cup draw

Toby Booth, the London Irish head coach, has branded his side's Heineken Cup pool the "Group of Death" following the draw in Cardiff yesterday.

Biarritz duo Lund and Balshaw show there is life after England

The Heineken Cup is now the stuff of obsession for Biarritz, just as it became the be-all and end-all for Munster after two falls at the final hurdle. "We have to dust ourselves down and go again," said Magnus Lund, the flanker so completely forgotten by England that he can barely remember the last time they showed an interest in him. "We still want this, and we want it badly. We're a small team as far as our supporter base is concerned, but we're a big team in heart and spirit. We have unfinished business here."

Toulouse beat BO to enjoy sweet smell of fourth title

Biarritz 19 Toulouse 21: Biarritz score only try in close final but giants of French rugby are happy to kick their way to victory
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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

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Bread from heaven

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

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