Alex Hales hits out during a brilliant innings of 99 at Trent Bridge

Hales storm shows there is T20 life after Pietersen

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England prop Alex Corbisiero forced out of third Test against South Africa

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England captain Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the final Test against South Africa with a cracked right thumb.

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'New Guscott' Jonathan Joseph is in while Toby Flood replaces Owen Farrell

It is almost 30 years since England threw an uncapped midfielder into the fires of a Test in South Africa without the rugby equivalent of an asbestos suit and found themselves being burned alive collectively as a consequence. That centre was John Palmer, a wonderfully creative playmaker from Bath who might have caused the Springboks some problems had he not found himself playing out of position against Danie Gerber, one of the great centres of the post-war era. Gerber scored one try in the opening match and three more in the second.

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Rough diamond Wade part of England work in progress

SA Barbarians South 26 England XV 54

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England trounce Southern Barbarians in South Africa

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Two new captains will be key, says Stuart Lancaster

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Get me out of here: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Dominican Republic

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Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick of tries

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England 57 Barbarians 26

ANC angry over Zuma portrait

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When Keri-anne Payne dives into the Serpentine on August 9, she knows she will have to be "the ruthless one" if she is to add the Olympic open water title to the world crown she won in Shanghai last year.

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