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Ben Youngs confronts Eben Etzebeth

Which players in this young England team can be stars of 2015?

Goode, Cole, Wood and Launchbury can go the distance but, for all the academies, the jury is out on the rest

Brad of heaven: If we have learned one thing this season, it is that Brad Barritt can defend; what's more, he can read attacks and cut them off intelligently

David Flatman: It's simple. England must play the Boks at their own game

Dan Cole could well be the key man on the ground, despite being the quietest

Springboks can reign supreme if 2007 vintage remains potent

Largely unchanged holders have fine World Cup record and are confident of adding to their two crowns, writes Chris Hewett

Get out of the kitchen: How to turn a picnic into an alfresco feast

With a fire, a sturdy pot and a bit of creativity, it's amazing what you can cook outdoors.

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.

Johnson's men take reality check

After Dublin defeat, England's World Cup hopes look lost in fog of uncertainty

Wake up and smell the coffee – product placement is here

Brian Viner sees history being made on 'This Morning' – but in a very British way

Ruck and Maul: May double completes miserable February for falling Saints

Northampton's fall from the upper reaches of the Aviva Premiership continued yesterday when they were beaten 18-16 by Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens.

When two tribes go to war, Johnson is the perfect general

Manager ready for Friday fight night in Wales

The humble pork pie is reborn – as a luxury artisan foodstuff

It's no porky – demand for EU-protected 'heritage' pies is soaring

Phil Vickery: 'I had no choice but to say, "give it up you silly old fool"'

Interview No 2: In the second in a series, the World Cup winner tells Chris Hewett about his sense of loss since his recent retirement from the game

David Flatman: If I walk away with my body in one piece, I'll be happy

From the Front Row: We play a dangerous game, putting our heads in dark places every week. Even more reason then for players to be prepared for sport's after-life

Injury forces Vickery to announce retirement

Phil Vickery has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect.

Tindall and Robinson pay price for Gloucester's failings

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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