Fiji earned the dubious privilege of another crack at Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup by beating Samoa 22-4 yesterday.
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.
The World Cup hosts meet France at the DW Stadium and home favourite Tomkins has identified hs opposite number as the man to watch
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
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
New England Sevens coach Simon Amor praised his players for adapting to a different style of play as they recorded a third-place finish in the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia’s Gold Coast.
Status Quo star Rick Parfitt has revealed he used a "double" for some scenes in his movie debut - who is actually black.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Captain Robshaw comes under fire for England's off-colour display
England fly-half praises growing rapport with full-back as Monye gets sent back to his club
Australia game now a must-win if England are to avoid potential group of death at World Cup
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.
Stuart Lancaster warned England must be prepared for an Australian backlash in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.