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Saints' chances of progress remain slim despite victory

Johnson baffled by who takes centre stage

England coach unsure over midfield combination due to players' lack of inventiveness – so why won't he try Flood?

Kidney expects 'shadow' Ireland team to give all

Declan Kidney has told his team not to keep anything in reserve in the World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Murrayfield today. "When you play a Test match, there's no holding back," Ireland's head coach said. "You either go for it or you don't. If you operate at 80 or 90 per cent, you increase your chances of picking up a knock."

Before World Cup odyssey, a few home truths on pitch

Warm-up games will hold lots of clues for hopes in New Zealand

Twelvetrees gives Johnson food for thought in Saxons' feast of tries

England Saxons 87 United States 8

Right hooks, black sheep and moments of pure joy

Disciplinary issues and talented misfits played central roles in another memorable season

Howlett try helps Munster win title

Munster 19 Leinster 9

Peter Bills: Ben Foden provides quandary for England

The outstanding Heineken Cup final in Cardiff at the weekend may not have provided great news for English rugby.

O'Driscoll the genius digs deepest to inspire Leinster's comeback

<b>Leinster 33 Northampton 22: </b>Half-fit centre makes up for errors as he and outside-half Sexton help Irishmen overhaul Northampton's lead in wonderful final

Saints' sinner typifies soul-searching of side learning harsh lessons

Foden inconsolable but his Northampton team-mate Dowson takes blame after being shown yellow card

Sexton buries Saints in a European classic

Northampton Saints 22 Leinster 33: Fly-half's 28 points turn Heineken Cup final on its head

Dylan Hartley predicts tough Heineken Cup final

Northampton captain Dylan Hartley is braced for a punishing afternoon at the coalface when Saints bid for Heineken Cup glory against Leinster tomorrow.

Tom Wood losing Northampton fitness battle

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder has revealed Tom Wood could lose his race to be fit for Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Leinster.

O'Driscoll and Heaslip take Leinster to final

Leinster 32 Toulouse 23: Dubliners rejoice as European odyssey continues with defeat of French giants

Brunel scents revenge as Perpignan set sights on glory

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London