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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

Billy Twelvetrees of Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees agrees new deal with Gloucester

The England centre has agreed a new two-year contract

Jake White (left) rejected the pleas of Ben Mowen (right) to stay at Brumbies

Wallabies face nightmare scenario of further decline and World Cup woe

Jake White's exit from Brumbies and recent heavy defeats hint at troubles Down Under

Manu Tuilagi has had an eventful week, but will return to the pitch to face Newcastle

Manu Tuilagi injury poses problems for England and Leicester, with the human bowling ball set to miss the autumn internationals

England head coach Stuart Lancaster is already without centre Brad Barritt and back-row Tom Croft

Graham Onions (on the left) with Paul Collingwood after Durham win title
Jamie Roberts hurt his ankle while playing for Racing Metro

Blow for Wales as Jamie Roberts written off for autumn

Influential inside centre has operation on injured ankle and will miss all four November Tests

Gary Ballance

The Ashes: Who is Gary Ballance?

The batsman is included in the squad for the tour Down Under

Welsh to have big say in new European club competitions

The Six Nations champions and Lions heroes will hold sway in debate over what will replace the Heineken Cup

Tongue tied: Hull City’s David Meyler ties his rainbow laces yesterday; only one Premier League club has made a conscious decision to support the cause

The Last Word: Self-interest leaves rainbow warriors thin on the ground

Campaign to support gay players has become a missed opportunity to tackle sport's last taboo

Nick Wood was sent off after just eight minutes when Gloucester faced Saracens

Gloucester face fight to avoid three of a kind

A look ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership action

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David Cameron plays down 'bunny ears' gesture from Manu Tuilagi - 'it was just a bit of fun'

The Lions player played the prank during a photo call with the PM in Downing  Street

Shane Watson sets off for a quick single on his way to 143

Brian Moore calls Manu Tuilagi 'a complete and utter prat' over bunny ears prank on Prime Minister David Cameron

Former England hooker Brian Moore has branded Manu Tuilagi a “complete and utter prat” for his prank on David Cameron when the British and Irish Lions gathered at Downing Street on Monday afternoon.

Israel Folau touches down for a try for Australia against Argentina

Australia 14 Argentina 13 match report: Israel Folau try breaks Wallabies' four-game losing streak and lifts them off bottom of the table

Puma fight-back not enough as they fall just short in their search for a first win in the Rugby Championship

England and Leicester flanker Tom Croft ruled out for the season

Lions player suffered knee ligament damage on Sunday and was forced to undergo surgery

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