Cup venue survives worst of earthquake

World Cup organisers in New Zealand are confident that one of their showcase stadiums – Lancaster Park in Christchurch, recently redeveloped at a cost running well into seven figures – will not require major repair work following the serious earthquake that struck the South Island city over the weekend. This will come as some relief to England, who will be based there in the early stages of next year's tournament and are scheduled to play Argentina and Georgia in the space of eight days.

Cipriani withdraws from Saxons

Danny Cipriani has withdrawn from the England Saxons squad ahead of Sunday's game against Ireland A due to a family bereavement.

A new deal in India for Lancaster University

Westward ho is where the land was supposed to be bright, but Lancaster University sees the light shining from the East. Earlier this year, the university launched a new campus in India in partnership with a local provider of private education, the GD Goenka Group. The arrangement is part of a 21st-century strategy of overseas expansion intended to spread the Lancaster brand, diversify sources of income and broaden the horizons of faculty.

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Urban gardener: Computer says 'grow'

We've got a stowaway in the garden. It came in a pot of Saruma henryi that Roy Lancaster gave me earlier this year after a visit to his garden. Squeezing up a couple of grass-like shoots and gladioli-like flowers just before we went on holiday, I wondered for a moment whether Roy had inadvertently given me something rare and precious. On sending a photo, he confirmed that the infiltrator was Gladiolus papilio, a variable species from the Transvaal. Despite competition from the saruma it still reached its mature height of one metre but will need planting out in open ground if it is to make a nice clump. The flowers (late summer to early autumn) are like small funnels with subtle shades of purple and yellow that marble to darker maroon, and gold on the lower petals giving the impression of a butterfly, hence the name. It needs cool, moist humus-rich soil in sun to thrive (it will colonise by underground runners) and a good mulch should see it safely through a UK winter.

Osbert Lancaster: The original style guru

Osbert Lancaster’s brilliant books and inspired cartoons educated the nation in architecture and design. Next month, his genius is being celebrated in a new exhibition at The Wallace Collection. Not before time, says Peter York

Going gives Multidimensional hope of York upset

Multidimensional will be confirmed at today's acceptance stage as a likely runner in next Tuesday's £550,00 Juddmonte International Stakes, the richest race ever staged at York. The five-year-old, trained by Henry Cecil, won the Lancaster Stakes on heavy ground at Haydock on Saturday – his first success since landing a conditions event at Newbury in September.