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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.

UK set to bask in sunshine

Summer will finally arrive over the next week after a month of disappointing weather.

Even my dad told me that thumping Chris was wrong

Rising England star Manu Tuilagi reveals the fallout from that punch

Letter from the editor: The inspiration I'm missing

So this is how my day goes. I ask my colleagues what they think I should write about today, hoping that they’ll supply the inspiration I’m missing.

All you need is love...and a police lockdown, Karl Lagerfeld, a tractor and 1,800 lilies

The little Gloucestershire village of Cranham is bracing itself for an invasion of beautiful people, as Lily Allen ties the knot with her partner, Sam Cooper. Tom Peck reports from the latest frontline of celebrity romance

Peter Bills: Ben Foden provides quandary for England

The outstanding Heineken Cup final in Cardiff at the weekend may not have provided great news for English rugby.

Cohen retires to tackle bullying and homophobia

Ben Cohen, England's World Cup winner, is quitting rugby. The 32-year-old wing, who scored 31 tries in 57 Tests, has been released by Sale Sharks despite being their player of the season.

High heels, low tops and that (other) dress

The hits, misses, hats and horrors assessed by Lisa Markwell

Tuilagi runs amok again but Gloucester find answer

Leicester Tigers 41 Gloucester 41: Ten-try extravaganza brings highest-scoring draw in top-flight history as Leicester rue generosity

Williams and Carter produce a Super show for Twickenham

Crusaders 44 Sharks 28: Crusaders pair give watching Johnson plenty to think about in World Cup year

Ruck and Maul: Moody to be England captain at the World Cup – if he's fit

Lewis Moody has been given a clear message that he will be England's captain through to the World Cup – if the Bath flanker can get fit from the knee injury that prevented him playing any part in the new champions' Six Nations campaign.

'Addicted' Johnson keen to stay beyond World Cup campaign

England's manager has come to relish the extremes of role and wants to remain in situ long term

Mike Tindall to miss Gloucester title push

Mike Tindall is set to miss Gloucester's Aviva Premiership title push after undergoing an operation to repair ankle ligament damage.

Ireland defeat will make England stronger insists Toby Flood

Toby Flood insists England will emerge from the wreckage of their failed Grand Slam bid a stronger side.

O'Driscoll the great has Irish believing in BOD

You do not have to be Irish to appreciate greatness in green. When Brian O'Driscoll crossed the line for Ireland's second try he eclipsed a record established 78 years ago by Ian Smith, the "Flying Scot", for the number of tries scored in the Five or Six Nations' Championship. That O'Driscoll has taken rather longer to achieve it than Smith is neither here nor there.

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