The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia
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Saturday 31 July 2010
Q. In January, I was stranded in Perth in Australia because Air Mauritius changed its itinerary without informing me. I arrived at the airport to find my flight had departed the previous day. I was four days late returning to work, lost pay and incurred costs totalling £730, but Air Mauritius will pay me only €600 (£500). While in Perth, I unsuccessfully tried to persuade Air Mauritius to send me home using another airline. After ignoring my emails, Air Mauritius eventually offered me €600, saying: "As previously advised, your settlement has been set out by the EC Regulation 261/2004 and will not be increased." But I believe Air Mauritius has a legal and moral duty to pay for all my extra costs incurred because of the schedule change, so I have refused its offer. RD, by email.
Monday 12 July 2010
The remains of Yagan, the 19th-century Aboriginal warrior, have been laid to rest in Western Australia, nearly 180 years after he was killed and his severed head displayed in a British museum.
Monday 28 June 2010
So the phoney interlude of international rugby, what we might call the June lunacy, comes to an end. For that, we should all give thanks.
Monday 21 June 2010
Monday 21 June 2010
England's coaching team, under a serious amount of pressure in the build-up to the Sydney Test against the Wallabies, according to the scrum technician Graham Rowntree, are now talking enthusiastically about the so-called "third Test" of the tour, against the New Zealand Maori in Napier on Wednesday. "We have the breakthrough win we spoke about earlier in the trip, but we know we have to back it up," Rowntree said yesterday. "We have a chance to end this tour well in credit."
Sunday 20 June 2010
It took Martin Johnson a little while to work his way into "told-you-so" mode – his initial response to the first English Test victory south of the Equator in almost seven years was a thoroughly curmud- geonly "pretty pleased" – but once he found his touch there was no stopping him.
Friday 18 June 2010
The day England bamboozle the Wallabies on the field the way they have just befuddled them in selection, they will stand a decent chance of revisiting the World Cup-winning glories of 2003. Urgently in need of victory in tomorrow's second and final Test on the very patch of grass that yielded them the finest moment in their history, the tourists have shunned the blindingly obvious by leaving Jonny Wilkinson, the man who dropped the goal that won the trophy, on the bench. Radical? Adventurous? Possibly. Crazy? There is barely an Australian in the country who does not think so.
Thursday 17 June 2010
Monday 14 June 2010
Graham Rowntree and Martin Johnson go back decades: they played countless games together at Leicester, built international careers together with England and shared the Lions experience. Now, they are pooling their talents in an effort to restore the national team to something vaguely resembling its former glory, and if Rowntree has anything to do with it they will still be joined at the hip next year as another World Cup cycle approaches its climax.
Friday 11 June 2010
Wednesday 09 June 2010
Two stamping charges against England lock Dave Attwood were dismissed on procedural grounds this morning, the Australian Rugby Union have confirmed.
Tuesday 08 June 2010
England lock Dave Attwood has been cited over two alleged stamping incidents in today's 28-28 draw with the Australian Barbarians.
Tuesday 08 June 2010
Unimpressive England escaped with a draw from their opening tour match against the Australian Barbarians after staging a late comeback.
Sunday 06 June 2010
Wednesday 02 June 2010
Jonny Wilkinson today insisted he will be fit for England's first Test against Australia in Perth on June 12.
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