Travel special 2014: Soak in the scenery on a train journey from

The train between Newcastle and Carlisle runs parallel to Hadrian's Wall and offers a window on some of the most spectacular scenery in England. But the 60-mile Tyne Valley Line is itself a part of history, built in the 1830s during the first era of nationwide railway expansion. Following the path of the Tyne inland from Newcastle, the line passes over two listed viaducts and through five listed stations, including Hexham, which dates to 1835, making it one of the world's oldest purpose-built railway stations.

Sire De Grugy leaps into Cheltenham contention

Faint praise has been Sire De Grugy’s lot so far this season, but surely it must be time to acknowledge that he is a two-mile chaser of the highest order, with or without the damning shadow of Sprinter Sacre.

Six Nations 2014: Heineken Cup rigours threaten to derail England

The waiting is the hardest part. Thirty-five players, led by the reappointed national captain Chris Robshaw, will arrive in the England camp between Sunday evening and Monday morning as attention switches from the Heineken Cup – or rather, what is left of the Heineken Cup – to the Six Nations, which begins in a fortnight's time. How many will be in a condition to train before the middle of next week at the earliest? Not as many as the head coach, Stuart Lancaster, would like, almost certainly.

Six Nations 2014: England could have Manu Tuilagi fit for latter part

Manu Tuilagi could yet play a role in England's Six Nations campaign. The Leicester and British Lions centre had been expected to miss the entire tournament but is targeting a return to action in the middle of next month, opening up the possibility of an unexpected return for the key fixture against Wales at Twickenham on 9 March.

Southampton fume as Mark Clattenburg is cleared to work

Mark Clattenburg will continue to referee Southampton matches despite the club asking for the referee to be barred from officiating at their games in the wake of him “insulting” Adam Lallana after last Saturday’s defeat at Everton.

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Heineken Cup: Jonny Wilkinson talks up Toulon to his possible

Jonny Wilkinson may be famous for fulminating about the solitary moments in a sportsman’s life, but the feted fly-half’s latest reflections on whether he will retire next summer – after Saturday’s  32-20 Heineken Cup win for his club Toulon over Exeter Chiefs – were made with others in mind.