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From the one who “Came to Tea” to Life of Pi, there is a PhD thesis waiting to be written about tigers as a metaphor in fiction. The beast that stalks this unusual Australian literary debut is an imaginary one, but to Ruth, a 75-year-old widow whose two adult sons dutifully watch over her from homes abroad, he’s terrifyingly real. At night she wakes to hear him prowling her isolated beach house in New South Wales and wonders if she’s losing her mind.

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Aaron Groom was Fiji’s star against Samoa – but Australia will be a much tougher challenge

Fiji confirm themselves bes t of the res t

Fiji earned the dubious privilege of another crack at Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup by beating Samoa 22-4 yesterday.

Ryan mighty: England’s winger Ryan Hall scores his second try last night

England 34 France 6 match report: England feel the width with Ryan Hall and Josh Charnley

England survived an early scare to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, with rather less assurance than New Zealand or Australia, but still with more than enough to spare.

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This weekend’s quarter-finals are a testing time for the World Cup, not so much for the nations which are expected to go through as for the tournament as a whole.

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Rugby League World Cup: England full-back Sam Tomkins picks out France's Morgan Escare as the dangerman ahead of quarter-final

The World Cup hosts meet France at the DW Stadium and home favourite Tomkins has identified hs opposite number as the man to watch

France's rugby league team warm-up before their World Cup match against Samoa

Rugby League World Cup: Shock loss for France against Samoa sets-up quarter-final clash with England

Thge French had hoped to face Fiji in the last eight but a 22-6 defeat to Samoa means they will meet the hosts for a place in the semi-finals

Rob Burrow spared England’s blushes against Fiji

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Rob Burrow demonstrated at the weekend that a role has to be found for him in the latter stages of the tournament, as England look to progress beyond the quarter-finals.

Brett Ferres (C) of England celebrates his try with team mates Leroy Cudjoe (L) and Ryan Hall during the Rugby League World Cup Group A match against Fiji

England 34 Fiji 12 match report: World Cup victory secured after tough start

Runners-up sport in Group A now assured

Michael McIlorum has won out over James Roby as hooker

World Cup: Steve McNamara determined to qualify on a high

England’s progress into the World Cup quarter-finals might look a formality, but they are preparing themselves for a searching physical test from Fiji in their final group game in Hull this afternoon.

England's Zak Hardaker has been fined for a breach of discipline by his club Leeds Rhinos following his withdrawal from England's Rugby League World Cup squad

England coach Steve McNamara left red faced after exiled Zak Hardaker is fined by Leeds Rhinos for breach of discipline

Hardaker withdrew from England's Rugby League World Cup squad due to 'personal reasons' but his club have lift the lid on the matter after McNamara refused to elaborate

Status Quo or The Who? Hunt launched for Rick Parfitt's stunt double

Status Quo star Rick Parfitt has revealed he used a "double" for some scenes in his movie debut - who is actually black.

Patrick Mercer MP signs a contract with the fake lobbying company set up by BBC Panorama

Fiji reacts angrily to its depiction in Patrick Mercer lobbying affair

The government of Fiji has reacted angrily to the country's depiction in an undercover investigation that led to the resignation of MP Patrick Mercer.

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England Sevens put on performance on Day One for Twickenham crowd

Host's top group and will face South Africa in the quarter-finals

Thousands seek shelter as cyclone batters Fiji

More than 3,500 people evacuated to emergency shelters in Fiji as the biggest cyclone in 20 years swept across the Pacific island nation today, three days after the storm killed four people and destroyed thousands of homes in nearby Samoa.

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