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Foden talks a good game ahead of bash with the Baa-Baas

Ben Foden was keen to make himself clear. "When you play the Barbarians, you find yourselves being pulled into their style of rugby," the England full-back said this week. "It's hard not to get swept up in it and that's when mistakes happen. We need to control the tempo of the game, to play in the right areas." It was a thoughtful appraisal of the prospects for tomorrow's contest at Twickenham. Anyone would think it was a Test match.

Nature Club: From badgers to blackberries, readers report on their

A family of badgers – two adults and three young – visit my garden. I've taken pictures, but they are so shy they disappear at the slightest sound. The female is the one with the mottled nose. When badgers fight, they often grab their opponent's nose and bite. The pinkish colouring is scar tissue from battles.

Father who attacked intruder walks free

A businessman jailed for seriously injuring an intruder after the lives of his family were threatened by knife-wielding burglars in their home was shown "mercy" and freed by senior judges today.

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Howzat!: Why girls are being bowled over by cricket

Until recently female cricket was almost non-existent. Now, coached by England's World Cup women victors, young girls are flocking to learn the gentleman's game. Liz Lightfoot visits a school to see a new trend in the making