Sport Jamie Roberts hurt his ankle while playing for Racing Metro

Influential inside centre has operation on injured ankle and will miss all four November Tests

The world of the Scrummie

We delve into rugby's equivalent of a footballer's WAG - and find that life is far removed from the glamour of their soccer counterparts

Charlotte Church gives birth to boy

Singer and presenter Charlotte Church today gave birth to her second child with rugby star Gavin Henson.

Ospreys anticipate Henson's return for rematch

Ospreys 68 Treviso 8

England seek to seal place among elite

Johnson's men need three wins to book a top-four seeding for the World Cup

Roberts fast-tracked as Wales scrum-half

Warren Gatland declared recently that there would no winners in the interminable club versus country wrangle plaguing Wales, but the Grand Slam-winning coach could not have been more wrong. Martin Roberts is set to collect the young rugby player's version of the jackpot against Australia at the end of month.

Injury blow for Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson's hopes of beginning his Test match comeback against world champions South Africa tomorrow have been dashed by injury.

Gatland banks on Halfpenny's talent

Try-scoring teenager handed toughest of debuts against world champions

Ruck and Maul: Not to be outdone as a pin-up, Henson decides not to turn up

The joke in Wales is that Gavin Henson was getting sick and tired of Danny Cipriani hogging the tabloid headlines so he reverted to type. The perma-tanned wonder returned last week after being out for six months with an ankle injury but he was none too impressive in the Ospreys' lacklustrelast-minute win over a seriously diluted Harlequins in the EDF Energy Cup.

Williams proves size isn't everything

Wing wizard considered giving up the game in 2002 but is now international rugby's hottest try-scorer.

Byrne's lesson of pain: Wales and Ospreys full-back contemplates a Lions tour

Tomorrow the Wales and Ospreys full-back faces Harlequins while contemplating a possible Lions tour. He tells Chris Hewett why he has to make the most of every moment

Hibbard and Henson in for Ospreys

The Wales hooker Richard Hibbard will make his first appearance of the season for the Ospreys today, following minor shoulder surgery in the summer. He could be joined on the field by Gavin Henson (below), who has not played since damaging ankle ligaments in April. The Wales centre is among the Welsh side's replacements for the match against Ulster at the Liberty Stadium this evening.

Baptism of fire awaits Barkley with instant return to Bath

The Gloucester director of rugby Dean Ryan – not, just at the moment, the ideal man to speak to without the protection of an asbestos suit – will decide over the next 24 hours whether to throw Olly Barkley into the fires of a West Country derby with Bath at the Recreation Ground this weekend. Barkley missed the Premiership defeat by Leicester on Sunday following a bout of surgery on his wrist, but Ryan, thoroughly disenchanted by the nature of Sunday's reverse, is sorely tempted to make a point by fast-tracking his major back-line signing into the starting line-up.

PM reveals celebrity house guests

A list of all those who joined the Prime Minister and his wife Sarah at the country retreat during his first year as Premier, also including the Duke of York, was published by No 10 today.

Charlotte Church is expecting her second child

Singer Charlotte Church has revealed she is expecting her second child with her partner, rugby international Gavin Henson.

Jonathan Davies: Decisions made the difference

Wales were almost unrecognisable from the team who lost the First Test 43-17. Yesterday they put in a far better performance – the defence was tighter and more aggressive and theirball-retention and discipline vastly improved. South Africa have come on since winning the World Cup last year, and that says a lot about Wales's display on the high veldt.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game