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A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

England give Tindall and Tuilagi final chance to answer central question

Johnson picks yet another midfield partnership to face Ireland in last World Cup warm-up while Wilkinson returns at fly-half

Foster buzzing after fine start

Sixteen years after his unbeaten part in sending Tiger Woods to Walker Cup defeat, England's Mark Foster is hoping to seal a return to team golf in real style this weekend.

England defeat Ireland in one-day international

England's new-look one-day international side survived a nervy batting display and a dangerous cameo from their Bangalore conqueror Kevin O'Brien to beat Ireland by 11 runs in the RSA Challenge at Clontarf.

Ireland v England full scorecard

Scorecard from the one-day international in Dublin won by England.

Brian O'Driscoll and Sean O'Brien to miss England clash

Brian O'Driscoll and Sean O'Brien will miss Ireland's clash with England at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday through injury.

Captain Morgan in bullish mood ahead of heated homecoming

England's temporary Irish leader ready to take risks as he faces his native land today

Last Night's TV: Wallis Simpson: the Secret Letters/Channel 4<br />Timothy Spall: Back at Sea/BBC4

Wonder what the Queen was watching last night? We know already that she's a big fan of Timothy Spall, so she may have kicked back at 8.30 with the second series of his amiable circumnavigation of the British Isles, Timothy Spall: Back at Sea. But when that finished did she get the butler to come in and flick over to Channel 4 for Wallis Simpson: the Secret Letters? She must have been slightly interested surely, and I can't really see her watching Sebastian Coe on Who Do You Think You Are? instead. Or ITV2's repeat of Benidorm. What's more, if she did watch, what did she make of it, having grown up with a less than forgiving view of its subject matter?

England flanker James Haskell passed fit to face Ireland

England flanker James Haskell has been passed fit for selection against Ireland on Saturday.

Broad silences detractors after shaking off the enforcer tag

England all-rounder admits that bowling full and being less irritable helped him to man-of-the-series award

All systems go for Uncle Mo's comeback

A fairly pedestrian programme on British soil should prompt even the most insular into a brief glance across the Atlantic this weekend, where no fewer than seven Grade One races will establish the lie of the land for the European raiders at the Breeders' Cup this autumn. As things stand, the consensus remains that the American three-year-olds have failed to achieve a vintage standard – and that it could prove a very good year to take on the home team at their own game, on dirt in the Classic.

Andrew Maxwell: The Lights Are On, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

The lights are almost always on in Andrew Maxwell's sprightly mind. After his 2009 show, The Lamp, which, ironically, displayed a dimming in quality, the Irishman is back on form. And he is as quick as ever to give us what we need – namely a valve for the antipathy building up towards a world that is continually throwing up events as unsettled as the weather.

England coach Graham Rowntree eager for revenge over Ireland

England's quest for revenge will ensure Saturday's final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland is anything but a friendly, according to scrum coach Graham Rowntree

Murphy earns Ireland World Cup call-up

Geordan Murphy was today named in Ireland's World Cup squad just 48 hours after being resigned to missing out.

Ireland's sex trade is 'thriving' say campaigners

About 1,000 women are working as prostitutes in Ireland every day, an agency which supports those in the sex trade said.

Round-up: Kidney defends Ireland preparations

Suddenly, the Ireland-England contest in Dublin this coming Saturday is a must-win affair for both teams. The visitors are in need of a pick-me-up following their astonishingly profligate performance in Cardiff last time out, while the home side have drawn a blank in all three of their warm-up games so far.

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