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France show encouraging signs during Boks win

France has shown it has nothing to fear from stronger teams after standing up to South Africa's physical might during an impressive 20-13 win over the World Cup holders.

South Africa's 'Beast' in eligibility controversy

Confusion surrounded the international future of South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira yesterday after it emerged he may not be eligible to play for the Springboks.

Bell faces up to daunting Puma pack

Prop bullish but doubts over English muscle remain after Australian performance

England pull rank on Saints to keep Foden safely under wraps

Full-back must sit out the East Midland's derby against Tigers on red-rose orders

Wales can cope with injuries says Gatland

Wales will be without two British and Irish Lions scrum-halves for their opening autumn Test against New Zealand on 7 November.

Vickery adds to England casualty list

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Phillips injury adds to Wales woe

Wales coach Warren Gatland may be dealt another major injury blow ahead of his team's autumn Test series opener against New Zealand.

Charvis charged with drink-driving

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions back-rower Colin Charvis has been charged with drink-driving.

Quins will blood new chief this year

Club seek director with Premiership experience to replace disgraced Richards

England set testing targets

The Rugby Football Union has just published details of its new eight-year strategic plan, which sets out minimum targets for the Test team of semi-final appearances in each of the next two World Cups, together with four Six Nations titles between 2010 and 2017, including a couple of Grand Slams. The sound of laughter from Cardiff, Dublin and Paris was almost deafening, but the great and good of Twickenham were more immediately concerned with the difficulties of managing their France-based players.

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