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

Gatland's men pull their weight but Wales fail in trial of strength

Emphasis on physicality is not enough to overhaul England

Twickenham farewell for Wilkinson? Not if he has anything to do with it

Jonny Wilkinson has been playing second fiddle to Toby Flood for more than a year now – a fact that has led many observers to conclude that next month's World Cup in New Zealand will signal the end of the injury-ravaged horizontalist's extraordinary international career. If this comes to pass, it will not be of Wilkinson's choosing. He intends to keep on keeping on, despite the England hierarchy's hard-line stance on players committing to club rugby abroad.

Phillips on final warning but still set to play in World Cup

Mike Phillips will meet with members of the Wales management team and senior players on Tuesday, in an attempt to keep alive his hopes of playing in the World Cup.

The centre of attention: Gavin Henson to find reality TV bride

When Charlotte Church separated from her fiance and father of her children last year, she would have expected to bear glimpses of him on television but she is unlikely to curl up on the sofa to watch his latest project.

Diary: Take That! (But don't party)

Apocalyptic reports from Manchester, where more than 100 women have been admitted to A&E following a series of Take That concerts. Heart palpitations? Earache? Sadly, the cause is more prosaic: lager. The City of Manchester stadium ejected 65 booze-filled young ladies during the band's gigs there, with stewards suggesting they were "worse than football fans". Most were aged between 30 and 50, and the Manchester Royal Infirmary reports that its 100 such patients suffered from a selection of alcohol-related injuries, including ankle sprains, broken wrists and alcohol poisoning. That's one show they'll "Never Forget", etc.

Henson well off the pace as World Cup cull begins

Wales 28 Barbarians 31

Henson off the pace but keeps place in Wales squad

Wales 28 Barbarians 31: Celebrity centre struggles in defeat by invitation team but is named in World Cup training party

Wales hand Henson a World Cup lifeline

The last time Gavin Henson was seen wearing a Wales shirt, he was modelling it rather than playing in it – and a fat lot of good that little stunt did for team harmony in the land of the Red Dragon. Jamie Roberts, the celebrity centre's fellow midfielder, wondered aloud if this amounted to "an insult to current Wales internationals", and as Henson was more interested in the ballroom than the dressing room at that precise juncture, he had every right to ask the question.

Heads or tails? Saracens happy to decide final No 9 on the flip of a coin

Saracens used to be such a basket case of a club when it came to recruitment policy – anything fewer than 20 changes in personnel during a close season was a triumph of continuity – that successive coaches were widely suspected of taking the blind man's buff approach to selection, on the grounds that no one knew for sure who was still on the payroll. Now, the Premiership title contenders have adopted the "heads-or-tails" system, but if this seems every bit as unscientific, there is method in the madness.

Toulon explain reason for Gavin Henson axe

Toulon have revealed that financial constraints and probable international commitments underpin their refusal to offer Gavin Henson a new contract.

Peter Bills: Toulon prove money can't buy success

As Manchester City Football Club have discovered at various times this season, spending money is not the sole panacea for complete success.

Wales call-up helps Henson along road to redemption

Gavin Henson has been selected in a 24-man Wales squad for next month's game against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium. The Toulon centre, who has not played for Wales since the 2009 Six Nations Championship, was suspended by his club last month while they investigated an altercation involving the 29-year-old and team-mates. Henson was given a second chance and appeared as a substitute in the defeat by Montpellier on Saturday.

Blues seek favours from neighbours in play-off race

Newport Gwent Dragons, very much the poor cousins of the professional game in Wales, are rarely desperate to perform favours for Cardiff Blues, their better-heeled neighbours, so they find themselves in a slightly itchy position ahead of tonight's final Magners League regular-season game at Rodney Parade. Victory over Ulster will not make one iota of difference to their own league standing, but it might transform their great rivals' damp-squib campaign into something memorable.

Gavin Henson included in Toulon squad

Gavin Henson was today included in the Toulon squad for Saturday's clash with Montpellier.

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