Sport Saracens' Nathan Earle is held by Zach Kibirige during the game on Sunday

Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

Jack Nowell scores the try that launched England’s dramatic second-half fightback

England juniors conquer world with win over Wales

England Under-20s became Junior World Champions on Sunday for the first time after fighting back from a 12-point half-time deficit to defeat Wales Under-20s 23-15 in Vannes, France. It was a double first for England who also became the first team from the northern hemisphere to win the tournament.

Sharon Jamesieson (left), 20-month-old Nadia and Nadia Jamesieson, aged 16, enjoy the sun on Tynemouth Beach

Warmest day of the year for UK... but with sweltering humidity and very high pollen levels

In summers gone by, today's weather statistics would hardly be worth a mention. But after a freezing winter, snow in May and a miserable summer so far, this afternoon at least brought a sunny smile to many British faces.

Increasingly unusual weather patterns in recent years have led climate scientists and meteorologists to hold a meeting about concerns over climate change

Stand by for another DECADE of wet summers, say Met Office meteorologists

Climate change may be intensifying the natural cycle and may prolong it, says expert, but it is too early to say

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Freddie Burns It will be no surprise if he is part of England's creative axis at the World Cup

Quintet seek harmony to pass England Test audition

Chance for Burns, Twelvetrees, Joseph, Wade and Yarde to excite against Baa-Baas

Tom Youngs of Leicester Tigers holds the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season trophy at the Leicester Tigers training ground

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs wins Aviva Premiership Player of the Year

Youngs was rewarded for a campaign in which he made his England debut and was called up by the British and Irish Lions

The Bank Holiday is gearing up for temperatures topping 20C

Thousands flock to the coast as Britain enjoys temperatures above 20C

But enjoy it while it lasts, because temperatures are expected to tail off into the week

London Welsh in action

London Welsh ready for 'emotional day' as they bow out of the Aviva Premiership

Bottom club Welsh wind up their debut season in English rugby's top flight against Worcester

Lyn Jones has performed minor miracles

London Welsh boss Lyn Jones among candidates for Aviva Premiership rugby director of the season

London Welsh finished bottom of the Premiership this term

Court sketches of Kevin Liverpool (left) and Junior Bradshaw; Joss Stone

Joss Stone plotters guilty of conspiracy to murder

Judge says it may have been a crazy scheme, ‘but it was a very real plan’

Aviva Premiership round-up: Semesa Rokoduguni deflates battling London Welsh

Few would have expected anything else. London Welsh, weighed down by their five-point deduction, showed that they will fight to the end against relegation from the Premiership, but yesterday raw effort was not enough.

Dejected England head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on following his team's defeat to Wales

Stuart Lancaster has confidence in new England coaching pair

England's next focus is the tour of Argentina

Chris Hafa’ufia scores one of the Exiles' three tries

Round-up: Flood reigns over Exeter endeavour

Toby Flood booted Leicester up to second place in the Premiership when he landed four penalties as the Tigers edged Exeter 12-9 in a kicking contest in Devon.

Soul singer Joss Stone was at the centre of a murder plot in 2011

Court hears plot 'to decapitate Joss Stone with samurai sword and dump her body in a river'

Two men plotted to rob and kill the pop star Joss Stone before dumping her body in a river, a court heard.

Exeter’s Luke Arscott scored a try in the shock win over Quins

Round-up: O'Gara dropped from Ireland squad

Ronan O'Gara has been left out of Ireland's extended 32-man squad for next weekend's Six Nations game with France.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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