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George Ford will be the talk of the town if, as widely assumed, he replaces the France-bound Toby Flood in a revamped England squad this afternoon, but the 20-year-old Bath outside-half's promotion has not been at the top of the red-rose hierarchy's agenda in recent days. Stuart Lancaster and his lieutenants are far more concerned with issues up front, where injuries to important players are making life very complicated indeed.
Once, the Lord’s Resistance Army preyed on elephants for food in the bush, but now it is ‘white gold’ they seek
A Hollywood actor has been branded a “disgusting killer” after being pictured proudly with two dead lions.
Bristol, one of the drowsiest of English rugby's sleeping giants, has stirred itself from its slumbers with a double signing of eye-catching quality, thereby delivering a statement of intent that could have all manner of consequences for a sport in the midst of its biggest political upheaval since the 1990s.
We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action
Record defeat for Leicester follows confirmation they will lose their England fly-half to France
The humiliating defeat to Australia has prompted talk that this England side is past it and a new crop of players should be given a chance to shine
Another great Lucan mystery: how could ITV make this story so boring?
Time is short but England can rebuild before they meet Australia again
Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked
Hibbard has been in tremendous form for Wales over the past year and will join the Cherry and Whites from next season
England's leading clubs may not know who the hell they will be playing next season, thanks to the latest rampant outbreak of political squabbling over Europe, but the uncertainty has not stopped London Irish negotiating a bright new future for themselves. The Exiles, badly strapped for cash in recent seasons, are on the point of confirming a takeover by a consortium headed by an Irish businessman, Mick Crossan, who made his pile in recycling and waste management.
If Morecambe and Wise had been blessed with Premier Rugby’s sledgehammer sense of timing, the celebrated Andre Previn sketch would have been about as side-splittingly funny as a David Cameron one-liner.
Favoured topics are matters of practical morality, dress sense, litter – that sort of thing
Immediate action is more than ever dependent on channeling the private sector
'No animals featured and he does not condone the use of live animals as a form of entertainment' says his spokesman