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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.

England’s Joe Launchbury makes a break against South Africa

Joe Launchbury has lift-off with man-of-series vote

England's second-row forward Joe Launchbury has been voted his team's "man of the series" for the autumn internationals, despite only starting two of the four games.

England drawn in 'group of death' against Wales and Australia for 2015 Rugby World Cup

England have been drawn against Wales and Australia in what is already being dubbed the 'group of death' at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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Courtney Lawes is back in squad after injury in place of Mouritz Botha

Courtney Lawes called up by England as Mouritz Botha and Tom Palmer head home

Courtney Lawes, the thoroughly modern lock from Northampton whose Test progress has been badly hampered by injury, is back in the England mix for the final international of the year, against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Lawes replaces Mouritz Botha of Saracens in the match-day squad and is likely to be given a run off the bench.

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Freddie Burns in line to make England debut against New Zealand

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns is in line to make his England debut against New Zealand on Saturday after being called up as an injury replacement for Toby Flood.

Final flourish: Julian Savea landed two late tries for the All Blacks

International round-up: New Zealand and France made to battle hard for expected victories

Slow starts were very much in vogue yesterday. First New Zealand allowed themselves to be tied down by Italy before running out 42-10 winners in Rome, then France were caught by an early try-scoring charge from Argentina, but preserved their unbeaten record in Lille with a 39-22 victory, thanks in part to two tries by Vincent Clerc.

Flat out: Winger Nick Cummins leaves England’s Tom Palmer grounded as he runs in for Australia’s try

Wallabies leave England in purple daze

Captain Robshaw comes under fire for England's off-colour display

International rugby star dies aged 29

Former Fiji and Toulouse wing Maleli Kunavore died in hospital last night, the Fiji Rugby Union announced today.

Chris Ashton back to haunt Australia after England recall

Chris Ashton is back to haunt Australia after being recalled to the England side for Saturday's Cook Cup showdown at Twickenham.

Leicester’s Toby Flood is set to win his 52nd cap on Saturday

Flood on to a Goode thing in promising partnership for England

England fly-half praises growing rapport with full-back as Monye gets sent back to his club

Nathan Sharpe will not want to walk off a loser again on Saturday
Stuart Lancaster: The England coach will make changes for Saturday’s clash with Australia

Stuart Lancaster is forced to play catch-up in ranking chase

Australia game now a must-win if England are to avoid potential group of death at World Cup

Tim Visser took his try count to four with two against New Zealand

Scotland find their finisher in Visser

Three games into his international career, Tim Visser is the joint-third top try scorer in the current Scotland squad. The country's quest for a victory against New Zealand continues but in the midst of the 51-22 loss to the world champions on Sunday there were tangible signs that the long-time search for a potent finisher is finally meeting with success.

Manu Tuilagi of England hands off Vereniki Goneva of Fiji during the QBE international match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium

Stuart Lancaster wary of Australian backlash

Stuart Lancaster warned England must be prepared for an Australian backlash in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.

Charlie Sharples can show this autumn he has an England future

Brian Smith: Stuart Lancaster will be looking to find more proven performers for England

Coach's view: England coach will want to emerge with a clear idea of who he can trust to deliver

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