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

Gloucester flattened by Ngwenya's Biarritz blitz

Biarritz 42 Gloucester 15

Northampton ready for another Heineken Cup shock

Dylan Hartley insists Northampton will step into the unknown without any fear at Perpignan tomorrow night, after their momentous victory over two-time European champions Munster.

Saracens bolster squad with Lealamanua swoop

Saracens have strengthened their front-row options with the signing of Samoan World Cup prop Kas Lealamanua.

Lund's lunge denies battling Warriors a win

Glasgow Warriors 18 Biarritz 22

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?

Barkley returns to Bath to reclaim England shirt

Midfielder ends unhappy stint at Gloucester intent on reviving international career

Dupuy's late swivel pulls plug on Bath ambitions

Leicester 20 Bath 15

Johnson feeling the pressure

Mood darkens in England camp as manager goes on defensive over selection

Shaw back to beef up England

Johnson hands recall to 36-year-old lock to add weight for French test

French bread: European clubs lure Premiership players

The upper crust of English rugby are being buttered up to join clubs across the Channel and even Jonny Wilkinson may join them, writes Chris Hewett

France in the mood to break Hadden's heart

Paris might be the ideal location on Valentine's weekend to foster relationships or repair marriages, but for Scotland's rugby men, it seems a dubious place to try and restore confidence after the hammer blow of a conclusive defeat by the Welsh last weekend.

Bergamasco starts at No.9 for injury-hit Azzurri

Italy coach Nick Mallett has handed Mauro Bergamasco the number nine role for Saturday4s RBS 6 Nations opener against England at Twickenham.

Poitrenaud returns for France

Clement Poitrenaud, Florian Fritz and Lionel Beauxis will start for France for the first time since 2007 in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin.

Ryan feels Blues with déjà vu at Kingsholm

Gloucester 12 Cardiff Blues 16

Bold Quins aim for maximum capacity

Harlequins 26 Leicester 26
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable