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

Hales storm shows there is T20 life after Pietersen

West Indies 172-4 England 173-3

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

England have been forced into a change for this weekend's third Test against South Africa after prop Alex Corbisiero suffered a recurrence of a knee injury.

England captain Chris Robshaw

England captain Chris Robshaw to miss final Test against South Africa

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

Youngs crossed twice as England put themselves in sight of an unlikely victory

Danny Care in sight of England return after Ben Youngs injury

Harlequins' mercurial talent Danny Care could be in sight of an England return after injury forced Ben Youngs out of the tour of South A

Jonathan Joseph (left) trains with fellow centre Manu Tuilagi yesterday

'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.

Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell dropped by England for second Test against South Africa

England have dropped fly-half Owen Farrell for Saturday's second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Christian Wade scored three tries for England in Kimberley

Rough diamond Wade part of England work in progress

SA Barbarians South 26 England XV 54

Christian Wade

England trounce Southern Barbarians in South Africa

Southern Barbarians 26 England 54

Dylan Hartley confident England can test South Africa

England hooker Dylan Hartley claims South Africa's forwards now know they are in for a ferocious battle in next weekend's second Test in Johannesburg.

Two new captains will be key, says Stuart Lancaster

England head coach Stuart Lancaster expects the roles of the two new captains to be crucial in the upcoming series against South Africa.

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

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Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick of tries

Dowson injury gives England a scare after Ashton leads rout

England 57 Barbarians 26

ANC angry over Zuma portrait

The ruling ANC has demanded that a painting be removed from an exhibition because it seems to depict President Jacob Zuma with his genitals hanging out.

Keri-anne Payne prepared for anything in pursuit of open water gold at Olympics

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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