England captain Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the final Test against South Africa with a cracked right thumb.
Danny Care claims it feels "weird" to be a newcomer in the England squad again but is determined not to squander his latest chance.
A bruised and beaten England, aching in every limb, left Durban for the thin air of South Africa's biggest city yesterday with the centre Brad Barritt on their minds. By the time they landed, the bad news had shifted towards the full-back Mike Brown. If Barritt, who suffered a gruesome eye injury in the first Test with the Springboks at Kings Park, may yet play a further part in this series, Brown is officially off tour, with damaged thumb ligaments.
Highly rated coach walks out on Saracens to pave the way for a reunion with the England set-up
Wales have climbed above England in the latest International Rugby Board world rankings published today.
Australia 252-9 India 165
The 93-year-old former president of South Africa is in 'good spirits and well', say his official spokesmen
Tackling The Issues
As the economic crisis bites, the world's politicians are less concerned about the summit aiming to halt climate change
The great Twickenham witch-hunt finally ended yesterday, without a ceremonial burning. Rob Andrew – rugby's No 1 bogeyman since the end of England's laughably inept World Cup challenge in New Zealand, a campaign that was led not by Andrew but by Martin Johnson – survived a major threat to his continued employment when he was formally appointed to a new job by the Rugby Football Union's management board. What is more, there is now no prospect of Sir Clive Woodward playing a role in red-rose affairs in the foreseeable future.
New role for elite director but he loses responsibility for England team which paves the way for Mallett
Rising food prices caused by droughts and flooding make progress in global negotiations on climate change more vital than ever, world leaders are being warned today.
If new, cheap fake fur takes off in South Africa, decline of endangered cats could be halted
South African police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of rock-throwing supporters of the controversial youth leader of the African National Congress (ANC) yesterday as he faced possible suspension from the party over his outspoken demands that embarrassed its leadership.
Bell set the agenda quite exquisitely. He greeted one Sreesanth over with successive fours, delivered with such forcethey might have come out of the barrel of a gun
Middle-classes will mark the former president's 93rd birthday today by doing voluntary work. Alex Duval Smith reports