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The Exeter wing gets his chance in Paris against France

Andrew Sheridan signs new deal with Sale

England prop Andrew Sheridan has ended speculation about his playing future by deciding to stay with Sale Sharks.

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The final game of England's autumn international schedule remains little more than a blur to Chris Ashton. Asked yesterday what he could recall of the 80 minutes against the Springboks a week past Saturday, the spring-heeled Northampton Saint replied: "Nothing at all. But I think I can remember the bus journey."

Scotland call up Ansbro after Evans falls to injury

Six days on and still the aftershock of the All Black collision at Murrayfield was being felt by Scotland yesterday. The lingering effects of the shoulder injury suffered by Max Evans in the final knockings of the thudding 49-3 defeat caused the Glasgow outside-centre to be withdrawn from the starting XV, whose mission will be to try to pick up the pieces, for Andy Robinson's side against South Africa in Edinburgh this afternoon.

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Dan Cole knows England's win in Australia in June was largely down to their front-row superiority and the prop expects more of the same today, he tells Chris Hewett

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Gethin Jenkins has experienced his fair share of mental and physical pain against South Africa.

McGeechan in frame to coach Lions – again

Ian McGeechan said it was all over and everyone believed him, his wife included. He probably believed it himself. But that was in July of last year, when emotions surrounding the narrowest of British and Irish Lions defeats in South Africa were still raw. Now, 15 months on, the man who has come to define Lions rugby in the modern era is very much in the thoughts of those who must choose a head coach for the 2013 trek to Australia – a trip that will begin in ground-breaking fashion with a game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

Rhys looks to upstage Dai in a Welsh hurdles one-two

It has happened here before. A big Welsh favourite beaten to the gold by a training partner in a major championship hurdles final in the magnificent Montjuic Stadium.

World Cup hero Robinson lured out of retirement

Rugby World Cup-winner Jason Robinson is coming out of retirement, having chosen to play for National League Fylde next season.

Roberts out of autumn internationals

Wales centre Jamie Roberts will undergo wrist surgery and miss the November Tests against Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand.

McGeechan named Bath performance director

Sir Ian McGeechan has been appointed as Bath's new performance director.

England players learn some brutal lessons

England manager Martin Johnson admitted his side had learned some brutal lessons after today's 35-28 defeat to the New Zealand Maori.

Youngs has set the standard for England

Richard Wigglesworth admitted the rest of England's scrum-halves are playing catch-up after Ben Youngs' stunning full Test debut in the 21-20 win against Australia.

Andy Ripley: Rugby union international who later became a champion rower and successful businessman

Andy Ripley, who died on Thursday at the age of 62 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer, was renowned as a rampaging No 8 for the England rugby union side, but he was also one of those rare sports stars who transcended his youthful glory days.

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