Sport Shining example: Dan Carter sports the cap he received for making his 100th Test appearance

His eye an egg, Chris Robshaw convinced as the vanquished captain, but looking around the pitch at the close, having briefly led the best team in the world, there was vindication as well as the scars.

Football: Cort quick to open new era

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Profile: Graham Taylor - The turnip strikes back

WHEN YOU think of Graham Taylor, you think of swedes, turnips, and a variety of other inelegant and unfashionable vegetables. You think of how he took off Middle England's favourite son-in-law, Gary Lineker, in the middle of a vital international in Stockholm in 1992, managing to offend the entire country in the process. You think of the "Do I not like that" he muttered as he watched Poland break away in a World Cup qualifier, synthesising his own haplessness into a national catchphrase. But when you think of Graham Taylor, you think above all of Kipling's twin impostors.

Sports Letter: Loyalty bonus

Sir: Tim De Lisle recently wrote a very cogent article criticising the England cricket selectors for their "chop and change" policy. How much more apposite are those criticisms when applied to the managers of the England football team. There seems, ever since the time of Don Revie, aided and abetted by the football pundits in the media, to be a belief that if you change the XI after every match, win, lose or draw, you will eventually arrive at a team which, by some strange alchemy, will be perfect.

Football: Laudrup may make diversion via Chelsea

BRIAN LAUDRUP'S registration could revert back into Chelsea's hands within a month due to his Danish dream having quickly turned sour.

Football: Howe halts Watford's charge

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Football: Nothing grim about Buckley's Grimsby Town

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Football: Watford close the gap

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Football: FA Cup - No vegetables for the Vicarage man

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Football: Bazeley's boost for Taylor

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Football: Taylor owes victory to Lee

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Football: Olsen extols order of the boot

Norway's coach has confounded the critics of his long-ball approach with a string of impressive warm-up results

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