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James Hook, the forgotten man of Welsh rugby, did all that one man could do to set Perpignan on the road to European success last night. But Gloucester, desperately needing a winning injection to their season, returned to Heineken Cup rugby after a year's absence by snatching the verdict in the final five minutes.

The RFU have managed to remain in robust financial health

James Lawton: A few humble words and hope is revived for the English game

One day of atonement at Twickenham was never going to wipe away the years of bombast and folly – there simply wasn't enough sackcloth or ashes to go around – but anyone who still cares about England's rugby now has some little reason for hope.

Nick Mallett ended a demanding stint as Italy coach in October

James Lawton: A few humble words and hope is revived for English game

Ian Metcalfe came along with more than half a pocketful of contrite sound bites

Mike Tindall should be considered guilty of offences against English rugby

James Lawton: The 'scapegoat' and dysfunctional rabble make for sorry tale

Mallett is a figure who has already poured scorn on the concept of a director of rugby

Mike Tindall’s appeal should have been dismissed out of hand

James Lawton: It's obvious. Give Andrew the boot and kick out Tindall appeal

If we didn't know the extent of the breakdown of values and judgement at the Rugby Football Union, we do now.

England crashed out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals

Damning England World Cup reports leaked

Lewis Moody today admitted he made mistakes as England captain during the World Cup but insisted he never put commercial gain before his rugby.

Wales coach Warren Gatland takes the World Cup cycle seriously

Whoever gets the England job must start by inflicting shock of the new

Johnson successor must not worry about Six Nations results as much as blooding kids for next World Cup

Tindall to appeal fine

Mike Tindall will appeal the £25,000 fine imposed on him today by the Rugby Football Union.

Jonny Wilkinson: The fly-half said some colleagues had the wrong frame of mind at the World Cup

Wilkinson speaks out on players' 'naive' conduct

Jonny Wilkinson has described his England team-mates as naive to think their World Cup drinking session would go unreported and believes some of them arrived at the tournament in the wrong frame of mind.

Cherries' home run faces sternest test

Gloucester v Saracens
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For two years Murray (left) has refused to play on Sundays out of respect for the Christian sabbath, meaning he missed two games at this World Cup - against the obdurate Romanians and the gnarled Argentinians. The Scots lost out to the Argies by just a point and failed to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever. While Murray's beliefs are to be respected (seriously - he's likely to get some serious ribbing in the changing room) the Scots may reflect on how things may have been different had their powerful front-row been present.

Rugby World Cup: The 'alternative' team of the tournament

So you've read about the best but what about the rest?

James Lawton: Moody deserves praise for early nights, unlike England

Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.

The All Blacks' Richie McCaw parades the Webb Ellis Trophy in Auckland yesterday

James Lawton: Unlike England, Moody deserves praise for leaving the party early

Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.

England captain Lewis Moody to miss World Cup opener

Lewis Moody will miss England's Rugby World Cup opener against Argentina on Saturday after failing to recover from a knee injury in time.

Armitage desperate to take his second chance

If England's victory over Ireland in Dublin solved a couple of difficult World Cup conundrums – it is now very hard to see Martin Johnson, the manager, going into the big game with Argentina a week on Saturday without the Sale prop Andrew Sheridan or the Gloucester centre Mike Tindall – it also raised a question or two. Not least over the full-back position, where Ben Foden's status as a nailed-on starter is not quite as secure as he imagined at the beginning of the month.

Johnson to allow England party to enjoy booze and WAGs on tour

England will spend the first three weeks of next month's World Cup in Dunedin, the home of old-fashioned rucking (now illegal), the Carisbrook "House of Pain" (now replaced by a spanking new stadium, complete with roof) and... not much else, according to popular opinion. Those players left wondering how they might survive a long south-island September without a drink were therefore thankful for Martin Johnson's assurance that alcohol would not be banned, or even particularly frowned upon, during the big tournament.

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