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Warburton became the first to agree a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union that will keep him playing for the Cardiff Blues

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In Pool One of the Heineken Cup, in Belfast, Ulster beat one of the more fancied French teams, Clermont Auvergne, 16-11. The fly-half Ian Humphreys scored all the province's points, including the winning try. Seru Noa Nakaitaci scored Clermont's try and David Skrela kicked two penalties. Clermont took a losing bonus point, for finishing within seven points, that will be... well, a bonus when it comes to totting up the final table.

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Sam Warburton could be excused if he pinches himself on being named Wales' World Cup captain barely two years after making his Test debut.

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Ryan Jones to captain Wales in final World Cup warm-up

Ryan Jones will captain Wales in their final World Cup warm-up game against Argentina at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Wales suffer blow as injury rules Rees out of World Cup

The Wales hierarchy had sensed the bad news coming down the track for some time, but when the confirmation finally arrived yesterday it was still hard to take. Matthew Rees, the 30-year-old hooker from the Rhondda who forced his way into the Lions Test front row in Springbok country two years ago before establishing himself as captain of the national team, will miss the forthcoming World Cup because of a serious neck injury that certainly requires surgery and may threaten his rugby career.

Gavin Henson handed start against England

Gavin Henson has been handed his chance to push for World Cup selection when Wales face England at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Gavin Henson wants return to Ospreys

Gavin Henson hopes to be playing regional rugby in Wales next season.

The <i>IoS</i> guide to wild Britain (Part 1)

Summer holidays are here, and what better way to spend them than to enjoy some of our diverse wildlife? David Randall tells the story of the RSPB, the world's oldest conservation group, and its experts choose 40 of the best reserves to visit

Henson off the pace but keeps place in Wales squad

Wales 28 Barbarians 31: Celebrity centre struggles in defeat by invitation team but is named in World Cup training party

Magners League: Barnes lifts Munster with brace

Munster completed Ireland's dominance of the Magners League by progressing to the Grand Final against arch rivals Leinster. A brace of tries by the 21-year-old centre Danny Barnes, one in either half, settled a lacklustre semi-final against Ospreys, the defending champions, at Thomond Park.

Blues seek favours from neighbours in play-off race

Newport Gwent Dragons, very much the poor cousins of the professional game in Wales, are rarely desperate to perform favours for Cardiff Blues, their better-heeled neighbours, so they find themselves in a slightly itchy position ahead of tonight's final Magners League regular-season game at Rodney Parade. Victory over Ulster will not make one iota of difference to their own league standing, but it might transform their great rivals' damp-squib campaign into something memorable.

Toulon turn Henson's expected departure into a long goodbye

Reports of Welsh centre's sacking prove premature and club may use possible World Cup involvement as pretext to release him

Rugby round-up: Mallett set to lose Italy job

The Italian federation confirmed yesterday that Nick Mallett will cease to be Italy's coach after the World Cup in New Zealand in the autumn. The Perpignan coach Jacques Brunel is expected to take over.

Last Night's TV: Misbehaving Mums to Be/BBC3<br />The Animal's Guide to Britain/BBC2<br />The Kennedys/History

It's been a good hour since I watched Misbehaving Mums to Be and I'm still not quite sure how I feel. A bit... icky? Halfway between concerned and shame-faced? The former, because the facts presented really were alarming, the latter because, well, there's something terribly uncomfortable about poking one's nose into someone else's pregnancy. And then judging them on it. Still, it was riveting. Now, this might have something to do with the absence of a Y-chromosome in my makeup, but pregnancy – as far as I'm concerned – always is.

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