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Jonny Wilkinson celebrates winning his first Heineken Cup after the 16-15 victory over Clermont Auvergne

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Round-Up: Warwickshire lose title hero Wright to injury for six months

Just as it seemed their disappointing season might be about to perk up, champions Warwickshire have lost Chris Wright, leading wicket-taker in their title-winning side, for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his back.

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Jamie Roberts: Scoring in a Lions series was a heck of a buzz – a moment I'll treasure

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James Horwill addresses the Lions after their series victory

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<b>A – Agony:</b> <br/>Wallaby full-back Kurtley Beale – fresh out of rehab and back in the Test squad – was brought on early in the first Test due to injuries. He was then dealt the unenviable task of kicking a 46, penalty to win the game. He slipped, missed, and the rest will go down in Lions history. It was followed up by his opposite number Leigh Halfpenny having a similar chance in the second Test, albeit from 53m. His kick just fell short, and the Lions were left to lick their wounds that week. But none more so than the third Test - the final swansong for flanker George Smith. He had recovered from injury to start the series decider in what would be his final appearance for the Wallabies. Within five minutes, he had been knocked-out when he ran into the rock-hard head of Richard Hibbard. He managed to come back on, but his farewell on the Test stage ended in a resounding defeat for the legendary back-row.

British and Irish Lions 2013: Re-live the series with our A-Z guide of the tour of Australia

What made this year's tour so special? We bring you the A-Z of the 2013 Lions tour to Australia

Leigh Halfpenny (right) and Alex Cuthbert arrive at Heathrow

In-demand British and Irish Lions star Leigh Halfpenny set to be tempted by lucrative French offers

Cardiff Blues fight for Lions' man of series but will struggle to see off Top 14 clubs

Sam Warburton signs an autograph after arriving at Heathrow Airport

British and Irish Lions 2013: Sam Warburton leads the victorious Lions home

Warburton and the rest of the squad touchdown at Heathrow Airport as Test series winners

Robbie Deans speaks to his players after defeat

Australia confirm Robbie Deans' resignation as head coach following defeat to the British and Irish Lions

Ewen McKenzie becomes the new head coach of the Wallabies

Premiership backs proposal for globally integrated rugby season

IRPA proposals given approval

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British and Irish Lions 2013: Australia waste little time in making head coach Robbie Deans the scapegoat, with Ewen McKenzie lined up as successor

Robbie Deans’ failure to lead Australia to a series win over the British and Irish Lions was last night expected to result in the coach’s sacking. Ewen McKenzie was lined up to be named as Deans’ successor.

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