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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.

Soldier killed by machine gun fire in Afghanistan

A soldier was killed when he was hit by machine gun fire as his platoon identified the location of an improvised explosive device (IED), an inquest heard today.

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Exeter face points deduction

Exeter face a potential points deduction after admitting they broke Aviva Premiership regulations by fielding three overseas players against Leeds on April 3.

Warning over gap year safety rules

A coroner is urging the Government to review "gap year" adventure holiday companies' safety procedures, after 17-year-old Luke Molnar died on a conservation trip to Fiji.

Scots end drought as Italy hit rock bottom

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Turner sails to the rescue after Cook Islands serve up scare

England, the top seeds, England had to come from 17-0 down at half-time to beat the Cook Islands 21-17 and to preserve their unbeaten record on the opening day of the New Zealand round of the world sevens rugby series yesterday.

Hornets draw on Fijian ties for 2013 bid

As one World Cup is snatched away, the bidding has started to stage fixtures in another.

Fiji Water quits South Pacific over tax rise

Pop stars, celebrities, and even the US President may soon have to find a new way to quench their thirst after the fashionable mineral water company Fiji Water announced that it was to cease operating in the South Pacific country that bears its name, amid a growing dispute with the nation's ruling military junta.

Rugby round-up: Bergamasco kicks Italy to victory over Fiji

Eight penalties from Mirco Bergamasco gave Italy a 24-16 win against Fiji in Modena yesterday. The hooker Talemaitoga Tuapati scored the only try of the match, Seremaia Baikenuku kicking the conversion and three penalties. Bergamasco said: "It's wonderful. The effort and enormous toil gave us this victory. We really are so happy even if maybe we didn't play the best international rugby."

Wales braced for big hit in Samoa's latest charge at global recognition

Pacific Islanders will use next year's World Cup to shame major countries into treating them fairly

Gatland rings changes after great Wales giveaway

Warren Gatland's charitable side went missing in the immediate aftermath of Wales's dull draw with Fiji on Friday night, when for the first time in international rugby a try was signalled to the crowd by Pudsey Bear. The "BBC Children in Need" match attracted thousands of youngsters to the Millennium Stadium, many of them keen to cheer the new teenage star George North, but Gatland's announcement almost as soon as the final whistle went that the captaincy would pass from Ryan Jones to Matthew Rees for next Saturday's ever more daunting visit of the All Blacks surprised some who are much longer in the tooth.

Jones stripped of captaincy as Gatland vents fury at Fiji draw

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Gatland wants direct approach to gaining revenge over Fiji

The last time Wales played Fiji an outrageous 38-34 upset cost Gareth Jenkins his job and led to Warren Gatland's return to the international stage. For obvious reasons, the latter is determined there will be no re-enactments at the Millennium Stadium this evening.

Injured Shane Williams could miss Six Nations

Shane Williams has a fight on his hands to start the RBS 6 Nations Championship after it was revealed the Wales wing's left shoulder dislocation against South Africa at the weekend will rule him out for a minimum of 10 weeks.

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