Quentin Smith, the chairman of Premier Rugby says, ‘The stable door has been shut and bolted’

Clubs dismiss talks and commit to new Champions Cup

England’s top-flight clubs already have a name for the tournament they say will fill the gap in the fixture list left by their abandonment of the Heineken Cup and the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup at the end of the season. It will be called the Rugby Champions Cup. More significantly at this stage of the political game, they confirmed yesterday that together with the leading French teams, their partners in rebellion, they would not engage in any mediation process aimed at saving the two existing European competitions.

Hot shot: In-form Karen Carney scores the first goal for England yesterday

England 6 Belarus 0 match report: Karen Carney fires superb hat-trick as England's women cut loose

Karen Carney's superb first-half hat-trick helped Brent Hills present a strong case to take over as permanent head coach of England women after this demolition of Belarus in their opening World Cup qualifier in Bournemouth yesterday.

Karen Craney in action for England

England Women 6 Belarus Women 0 match report: Brent Hills stakes claim for permanent role after resounding win in first game in charge

Karen Carney hat-trick plus strikes from Ellen White, Natasha Dowie and Eniola ALuko get England off to good start in the post-Hope Powell era

Saracens and Toulon collide in last year's Heineken Cup semi-final

IRB will not sanction Anglo-French club competition

The organisation want the Welsh, Irish, Scots and Italian sides to be included in any future competition

Roy Hodgson was disappointed that a former England captain, such as Gary Lineker, could be so critical

'Surprised' Roy Hodgson hits back at Gary Lineker after England performance is described as 'awful'

Manager responds to criticism of 'awful' Ukraine display by questioning former striker's international career

Richard Bevan criticised the FA for ‘very slow decision-making’

Richard Bevan urges FA to stand up to the Premier League if England are to improve

League Managers' chief wants governing body to have more power if England are to improve

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Elite clubs announce intention to quit Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup

French and English clubs plan to form own tournament

Mitchell Johnson celebrates Jonathan Trott’s wicket

England v Australia Second ODI: Michael Clarke century sees tourists home to comfortable victory

Australia 315-7 England 227: Clarke leads the charge as Australia take the series lead with 88-run victory

Ward-Prowse made his England Under-21s debut on Thursday night

World Cup 2022 can be ours, says England Under-21 star James Ward-Prowse

The Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse believes England can win the World Cup in 2022, with the current crop of young players able to “reach the stars”.

The first ODI between England and Australia has been called off due to rain at Headingley

Indyplus update: First One-Day International between England and Australia in Leeds abandoned due to rain

Match at Headingley is called off without a ball being bowled after rain falls throughout the day

Greg Dyke has given the thumbs down to a summer World Cup in Qatar

Gary Lineker: Without Premier League co-operation, Greg Dyke's vision will be 'pie in the sky'

The former England striker says the league must work with the FA

Jack Wilshere, Greg Dyke and an artists impression of one of the proposed stadiums in Qatar

Greg Dyke sets England target: Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FA chairman has lofty ambitions for the national team - and sets out how they are achievable

Theo Walcott is not too concerned ahead of England's games against Moldova and Ukraine despite both Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge missing training today

Jack Wilshere sees bright future for England despite concerns over lack of talent

Roy Hodgson has complained about the small pool of players he has to call on

Theo Walcott said he now feels like one of England's oldest players

Greg Dyke set to issue 'call to arms' to lift England national team

New FA chief will ask for help

England captain Eoin Morgan dispatches a ball to the boundary against his native Ireland

Centuries from Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara save England from embarrassing defeat against Ireland

Morgan's side were 48-4 attempting to chase down 270 but 124no from the native Irishman and unbeaten ton from Bopara rescue visitors

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