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Brad Barritt goes on the charge at Twickenham: 'I like to think I'd be adaptable to what any coach wants'

Boring Barritt can fill gaping hole in centre of England

Saracen's defensive qualities could be well suited to reviving Red Rose fortunes

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Many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are still struggling to raise money from banks despite an agreement between lenders and the Government, a report revealed today.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (left) and Arsenal's Gervinho

Brian Ashton: Football can teach my code plenty of lessons

Tackling The Issues

Former England coaches Mike Ford and John Wells leave RFU

Former England assistant coaches Mike Ford and John Wells are to leave the Rugby Football Union with immediate effect.

Judy Murray has joined the LTA

Lawn Tennis Association excited by Judy Murray appointment

Judy Murray's unique perspective as coach and parent at the highest level in tennis makes her a very valuable asset to the Lawn Tennis Association, according to head of men's and women's tennis Leon Smith.

Ford hurt by 'petty' critics but will still offer his help to England

Mike Ford is preparing to leave his role with the Rugby Football Union on good terms, although he admits to being hurt by the leaked criticism that was directed at him in the wake of the World Cup.

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton hands off Bath’s Ryan Caldwell

Bath are cut to the quick by O'Brien

Bath 13 Leinster 18

Talent Scout: Ola John, Twente 

For a country ranked so high in the footballing pyramid, talent from it's shores continues to represent remarkable value. We're talking about the Netherlands, the original home of total football, and mother land to some of European football's greatest ever players.

Rooney was given the original three-match ban after his dismissal for violent conduct against Montenegro

Rooney Euro 2012 ban reduced by Uefa

The Football Association have defended themselves against Kenny Dalglish's accusation of double standards after Wayne Rooney successfully appealed against his three-match Euro 2012 ban.

Is Robshaw next in line for England captaincy?

A leading bookmaker yesterday installed the Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw, who has yet to lose a game of rugby this season, as favourite to lead England in the Six Nations Championship after Christmas. This probably means he has no chance of landing the job – turf accountants know rather more about the 3.30 at Pontefract than they do about life at the bottom of a ruck – but events over the weekend certainly strengthened the flanker's hand as the time for decisions draws near.

Graham Gooch stands down from Essex role

Graham Gooch is stepping down from his role as first-team batting coach for Essex to focus on his England responsibilities, the club announced today.

Brian Ashton: 'There’s a part of me that wanted to cry at the lazy journalism at the heart of it'

Fabio Capello could remain England manager says Trevor Brooking

Sir Trevor Brooking has refused to rule out completely the prospect of Fabio Capello remaining as England manager beyond Euro 2012.

Officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate Halman

Baseball: Mariners' Dutch star killed in stabbing

Dutch baseball player Greg Halman has been stabbed to death in Rotterdam and his younger brother has been arrested in connection with the incident. Halman, 24, played as an outfielder for the Major League side Seattle Mariners.

Parish perishes at Reds after less than six months

Matt Parish has quit and returned to Australia less than six months into a three-year contract as coach of Salford after several differences of opinion with the club's director of football, Steve Simms. He is now expected to take up the role of assistant coach to Geoff Toovey at the Australian champions, Manly.

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