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To most of us, lions are African, but many of the great beasts of legend were Indian. Now a zoo plans to breed more of them

Hallam Amos enjoying rapid rise to international rugby with Wales

Hallam Amos admits he is enjoying the ride after being fast-tracked from armchair viewer to Test-match performer in less than a fortnight.

Duncan Weir is set to become the third player to wear Scotland's No 10 shirt in four games

Scott Johnson eyes up Duncan Weir in the hunt for Scotland’s top 10

The ever-entertaining Scott Johnson, holding Scotland’s coaching reins until Vern Cotter arrives next summer, was talking about Nessie yesterday.

Terry Fogerty: Bustling loose forward of the 1960s and 70s who played for Halifax, Wigan and Great Britain

Terry Fogerty was one of the best rugby league forwards of the 1960s, the first recipient of one of the game's main individual honours and the head of a varied sporting dynasty.

Lion cubs Fajr and Sjel are fed by a keeper at Bissan

Gaza zoo's lion cubs die

Amusement centre's manager confirms Sjel and Fajr has been unwell since birth

Fajr and Sjel are less than a week old

Hamas unveils lion cubs at Gaza zoo

The cubs' names are a reminder of last year's conflict with Israel

The Smiths frontman Morrissey

Morrissey backs Russell Brand's no vote call in tirade against British establishment

The singer began his impassioned rant by condemning hunting in Britain

Lion kills lioness at Dallas Zoo leaving hundreds of visitors shocked

Despite living together peacefully for years, witnesses say the male lion suddenly turned on the lioness

Melissa Bachman's dead lion photo: So much for education by Twitter

You don’t need to be a card-carrying Peta member to find the photograph grotesque

We're right to be shocked by Melissa Bachman's photo with a hunted lion

To pretend that hunting somehow helps animal populations is as laughable as saying that killing people is a solution to world hunger

Book Review: Encounter, By David Yarrow

Featuring 87 monochrome images of wildlife and people from some of the harshest and most inaccessible landscapes on Earth, Encounter is the stunning new photography collection by David Yarrow.

Melissa Bachman poses with a dead male lion in South Africa

Melissa Bachman blasted over smiling photo with lion she 'stalked and killed'

Ms Bachman said she killed the lion on a hunt in South Africa, where a petition has now been started to have her barred from the country

Gethin Jenkins has been the centre of attention in the Wales camp this week

Wales star Gethin Jenkins relieved to join the exclusive 100 club at last

It was an inauspicious start to an international career. On a cold Friday November night in Wrexham, Gethin Jenkins pulled on a Wales jersey for the first time in a sloppy but comfortable 40-3 win over Romania.

Manu Tuilagi could miss England's Six Nations campaign after suffering a setback in his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle

England centre Manu Tuilagi suffers setback in recovery from chest injury that could rule him out of 2014 Six Nations

The Leicester Tigers back has been sidelined since September with a torn pectoral muscle and has now had to undergo surgery in an effort to repair he damage

Daniel Hourcade took his first training session as Argentina coach on Monday

England v Argentina: Pumas look for rapid repairs with Daniel Hourcade

Argentina are exploring the four corners of the earth. Since late summer the Pumas have roamed the southern hemisphere, to South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Now it is time for the northern hemisphere, the air miles ticking ever upwards.

Leigh Halfpenny says: 'We really need to put out a statement' as they take on southern hemisphere teams

Wales v South Africa: Leigh Halfpenny stays humble despite winning ‘Oscar’

As of Monday, Leigh Halfpenny is officially the world’s greatest rugby player, duly crowned at the sport’s equivalent of the Oscars in Paris. He is also quite possibly the most unassuming.

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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