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Attack on Kiwi Ryder 'unprovoked' say witnesses

Sympathy was being expressed today for Jesse Ryder who remains in an induced coma with critical injuries after a seemingly unprovoked assault just a day before he was due to leave New Zealand for the Indian Premier League.

Paralympic profile: Jonnie Peacock, sprinting

In one respect at least, Jonnie Peacock, has yet to catch up with Oscar Pistorius. “No, I haven’t managed to have a chat with Oscar since then,” he says. “It’ll be interesting to see what he thinks about me now.”

Margaret Mahy - Award-winning children’s author

"But Abel, though a treble, was a rascal and a rebel, fond of getting into trouble when he didn't have to sing. Pushing quickly through the people, Abel clambered up the steeple with nefarious intentions and a pebble in his sling…"

Uncapped Irish trio earn chance

The Ireland head coach, Declan Kidney, is set to finalise his 29-man squad for the New Zealand tour after tonight's game against the Barbarians at Kingsholm.

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So can anybody stop All Black juggernaut?

They have said it many times,in many ways, but it can be summarised in one sentence from Craig Dowd, who told a radio audience last week: "The only team who's going to beat the All Blacks is the All Blacks." And the listeners up and down this country – simultaneously en fête and on the edge of a nervous breakdown – smiled and nodded and agreed and crossed their fingers, trusting to God or their own personal spirit that the craggy-faced old prop was right.

Martin Johnson touched by 'tragic' Christchurch

Three days before England should have been opening their Rugby World Cup campaign in Christchurch, Martin Johnson led a red rose delegation on a goodwill visit to the earthquake-torn city.

Traveller's Guide: New Zealand

This week, sports fans are aiming for the far side of the world for the Rugby World Cup – but the host nation has plenty to offer away from the pitch.