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Club beat country as Dragons feast after famine

They scoffed at the prospect. Wales, with 13 Ospreys starting here and a couple more on the bench, would provide a fascinating examination of that old theory that the best club side are entitled to overcome adecent international one. But England defeated by a club side? Even Wales's new coach, Warren Gatland, spoke beforehand of apprehension, of being twitchy and nervous. Going to Twickenham, he opined, was like a League One club going to Manchester United in an FA Cup tie.

Gloucester 18 Wasps 17: Limited Lamb in season as Gloucester cling on to edge out Wasps

Ryan Lamb kicks like a mule and tackles like a jackass. Young Lamb kicked Gloucester to an important victory with six penalties out of six with the toe of his right boot. It's his Achilles heel that is the worry.

Gloucester 18 London Wasps 17: Lamb edges battle of fly-halves

Cipriani's faulty radar costs Wasps dear as Gloucester No 10's superior kicking carries the day

Munster 19, Wasps 3: McGeechan helpless as O'Gara conducts Munster masterclass

Munster have developed a prototype – the only ambush in history that arrives without an element of surprise. The Thomond Park factor is part of Irish folklore, and the beating of Wasps here adds to the legend. Wasps, who won the Heineken Cup so impressively last season, knew exactly what they were walking into, and yet were still powerless to prevent the mugging. Ian McGeechan, Wasps' director of rugby and one of the most experienced coaches in the game, is not one to cry foul, but he came pretty close to it. He kept talking about "tough calls".

'This is a Test match for us' says Dallaglio

It has been a vintage Heineken Cup round-robin campaign – perhaps the most captivating in the 13-year history of world rugby's outstanding club competition. All 10 of this weekend's matches have something riding on them, as did the two played in Glasgow and Biarritz last night, with each of the eight quarter-final places available to the strongest bidders. Under the circumstances, it is just a little difficult to understand why Wasps, the reigning champions, want the tournament format flushed down the nearest toilet. Can it be they simply crave an easier life?

Wasps 40 Llanelli Scarlets 7: Dallaglio ready for fearsome Munster

A classy and clinical performance against a second-string Llanelli Scarlets side yesterday, set Wasps up for rugby's Mission Impossible next week.

Ibanez ends Test career to give France's young talent a chance

It is becoming fashionable. A week after Lawrence Dallaglio announced his retirement from international rugby, Raphaël Ibañez, another senior figure at Wasps, was heading reluctantly towards Sunset Boulevard.

Vickery set to gain from Ashton's cautious instincts

Brian Ashton's first act on succeeding his one-time protg Andy Robinson as head coach of England a year or so ago was to phone Phil Vickery, the World Cup-winning prop with a long history of career-threatening injuries and an equally long history of recovering from them, and offer him the captaincy. It seemed a good call at the time, and appeared even more inspired when Vickery played a blinder in dragging the team kicking and screaming into a second successive global final.

London Wasp 25 Bath 10: Dallaglio guessing game as Wasps fly past Bath shakes off flu to help Wasps fly past Bath

No call on great No 8's Test future after Sackey passes 60 Premiership tries

Bristol 23, London Wasps 23: Small's big call gives Wasps fair share

Substitute Barnes' late kick draws Bristol level after referee's controversial decision to award visitors a penalty try

Globe issues health warning after four collapse at 'Titus'

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has issued a warning about its gory new production of Titus Andronicus after four members of the audience fainted in one night.

Record rainfall finally gives way to warm spell

Britons will be rewarded with a longed-for warm weekend today and tomorrow after living through the wettest May for 27 years, according to weather experts.

David Lister: The Week in Arts

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Rooney recovery stuns England

The sight of Wayne Rooney sprinting and kicking a ball in Manchester yesterday may have had an effect on even the natural caution of Sven Goran Eriksson. As England's boy wonder sent a message to the nation that his broken metatarsal may yet not rule him out of the World Cup finals, his manager planned a return to the 4-4-2 formation against Jamaica today.

Sweden 1 Chile 1: Larsson's sensational strike fails to paper over Swedish flaws

Sweden brought the curtain down on their World Cup preparations with an entertaining draw against Chile at Rasunda Stadium.

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