Heineken Cup final to be held in Italy... if it’s held at all

Italian rugby folk have frequently had cause to bemoan their misfortune – the Azzurri are no strangers to being diddled out of important victories by referees or being betrayed by World Cup fixture planners – so it would be just their luck to host a Heineken Cup final for the first time in a season when no one turns up. Yesterday, the tournament organisers declared that the 2015 showpiece would be played at the 80,000-capacity San Siro in Milan. It may prove a year too late.

Tug of war over Mandela family burials set to continue

The tug of war over the remains of three of Nelson Mandela's children is set to continue after his grandson said he would challenge a court order to return them to the anti-apartheid icon's childhood home of Qunu in Eastern Cape.

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Nelson Mandela's ambulance broke down on way to hospital

The ambulance that was supposed to rush Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down en route, forcing staff to transfer the ailing former president to another vehicle. South African officials confirmed yesterday that the ambulance he was travelling in suffered from "engine trouble".