Sport Leigh Halfpenny celebrates Cardiff's Amlin Challenge Cup final win over Toulon in 2010

The full-back has scored over 350 points for Wales

Get your kicks: rugby's finest marksmen are ready to make their mark

The world's finest kickers will be out in force on the Heineken Cup's first weekend. Who will dominate the competition?

Jones wary of Wilkinson threat in Heineken Cup

Ospreys captain Alun-Wyn Jones is fully prepared for the Jonny Wilkinson factor in tomorrow's Heineken Cup opener against Toulon.

England to face weak Australia pack next month

When England returned home from a drawn series in Australia a little over three months ago, they did not know quite where they stood vis-à-vis the Wallabies. On the one hand, they had won Down Under for only the third time in rugby history; on the other, they had played against a team so pathetically weak in the scrum that the entire tour had been hopelessly distorted. Unfortunately for Martin Johnson and the rest of the red-rose hierarchy, they are unlikely to be any the wiser come the end of November.

David Flatman: Jonny gets so much because he's worth it

From the Front Row: 'Human robot' Wilkinson may be the highest-paid player in world but Toulon will get money's worth

A year after 'Bloodgate', has Richards found a way to get back into the game?

English rugby's disciplinary classes may have made their peace with Brendan Venter – while the Saracens boss had two almighty run-ins with officialdom last season, relations are now said to be extremely cosy – but as the equally controversial figure of Dean Richards is looming large on the horizon, this is far from the end of their troubles. Richards, kicked out of the sport for three years after belatedly admitting to his starring role in the fake blood scandal at Harlequins, is currently in discussions with senior figures about taking tentative steps back into the game he disgraced.

Wilkinson blocked from England training

England manager Martin Johnson will be without Jonny Wilkinson for next week's Twickenham training camp after Toulon confirmed they would not be releasing the fly-half. They said Wilkinson would "honour his contract" and stay in France for their opening match of the Top 14 season against Bayonne.

How Wilkinson's kicking coach is helping Donald hit the greens again

Mentor behind Jonny's Rugby World Cup win has now transformed the golfer's game

Youngs' England sense rosy future after win for the ages

Australia 20 England 21: Fresh talent behind first southern-hemisphere success since 2003

Wilkinson decision baffles Australia

Former Australia centre Tim Horan has warned England manager Martin Johnson he will live to regret not selecting Jonny Wilkinson for tomorrow's Test in Sydney.

Wilkinson left to kick his heels on the bench

The day England bamboozle the Wallabies on the field the way they have just befuddled them in selection, they will stand a decent chance of revisiting the World Cup-winning glories of 2003. Urgently in need of victory in tomorrow's second and final Test on the very patch of grass that yielded them the finest moment in their history, the tourists have shunned the blindingly obvious by leaving Jonny Wilkinson, the man who dropped the goal that won the trophy, on the bench. Radical? Adventurous? Possibly. Crazy? There is barely an Australian in the country who does not think so.

Cueto cleared of dangerous tackle

England wing Mark Cueto has been cleared to play in Saturday's second Test against Australia after being found not guilty of a dangerous tackle on Wallaby centre Berrick Barnes.

England tourists face a Barnes baptism of fire

If England have grown accustomed to facing tougher opponents than a band of Barbarians when opening their summer accounts in Australia, it is only because the "short tour" format – a prime example of rugby lunacy if ever there was one – forced them to take on the Wallabies themselves within a few hours of passing through customs.

England rugby team confident of successful tour

Forwards coach John Wells insists England are in the right frame of mind to launch their Rugby World Cup build-up with a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Wilkinson brushes off tour fitness concerns

Jonny Wilkinson has played down concerns over his fitness and says he will be ready for England's first Test against Australia in Perth a week on Saturday.

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