Ruck and Maul: No trains and M4 traffic hell... enjoy your Friday fright night in Cardiff

Blithely though the Six Nations Committee describe it as "making this great rugby occasion available to as many people as possible", it is fair to describe the shift of England's match against Wales in Cardiff to a Friday evening next year as a break with tradition. The fixture has been played 57 times in Wales since the first in Swansea in 1883, and every one of them on a Saturday. The powers-that-be are spinning faster than Spiderman on this subject, with the Welsh Rugby Union describing a 2.30pm start for their Saturday match with South Africa this June as a "crowd-pleasing kick-off time", adding that it is a "10-year anniversary" of the Millennium Stadium's inaugural fixture in June 1999 (so if 1999-2000 was the first year; 2000-01 was a one-year anniversary, right?). The numbers which will count with Wales and England supporters next February are the thousands of cars heading down the M4 in the Friday rush-hour and the blank timetables for trains from Cardiff to London after the final whistle. The unions say they need the TV money to invest in the sport, but where is the tipping point between pandering to the armchair viewer and annoying your most loyal supporters?

Northampton not daunted by Munster clash

Ireland international Neil Best insists Northampton will not be daunted by the prospect of meeting Munster in Limerick tomorrow.

M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose agrees to 25% pay cut

Marks & Spencer bowed to pressure from investors today after chairman Sir Stuart Rose agreed to a 25 per cent pay cut for his final months with the high street giant.

Johnson counts the cost of the bruising defeat to Ireland

England manager starts preparation for must-win match against Scotland

New M&S boss to get golden hello worth £3.9m

Marks & Spencer's new boss Marc Bolland will start in May on a near-£1 million salary and a "golden hello" worth £3.9 million in shares, the retailer announced today.

Peter Bills: Christmas comes early for Irish rugby

So how on earth do Santa and his reindeer pals top this weekend of Heineken rugby for Irish men and women? With extreme difficulty, I would suggest.

Duff Brive are meat and drink to wing Homer

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'Hysterical' critics rile Johnson

England manager vows to retain staff for Six Nations despite 'personal' criticism

Four-week ban for Leicester's Richard Cockerill

Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill has received a four-week ban after admitting two offences of match official abuse.

Bolland: More Davos man than Annabel's

The new chief of Marks & Spencer is a master at handling prickly chairmen, but how will he get along with Sir Stuart as Britain's favourite retail brand goes global?

M&S shareholders cheer Bolland appointment coup

Morrisons faces tough task to find replacement

Supermarket boss to take helm at M&S

Marks & Spencer today named the highly-regarded boss of supermarket chain Morrisons as its new chief executive.

Lloyds to rescue debt-laden Admiral

Admiral Taverns has confirmed that Lloyds Banking Group is working on a financial restructuring of the struggling pubs group that is thought to involve a £600m debt-for-equity swap.

Saints outgun Sharks as Geraghty presses claim

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Exiles short of stamina to keep up with Joneses

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