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Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

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Unesco fears the health of the Great Barrier Reef is at risk from development of sites such as Origin Energy’s coal seam gas plant

Queensland dismisses UN report that reef is 'at risk'

Across the globe, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is recognised as one of the world’s natural wonders. But in Queensland, home to the vast, picturesque reef, the government is apparently less impressed.

Dirk was stolen from Sea World on Australia's Gold Coast before his captors panicked and dropped him in a canal

Welsh holidaymakers fined after stealing penguin from marine park during drunken night out

The pair went swimming with dolphins and let off a fire extinguisher near the shark tank

Former Australia fly-half Michael Lynagh leaves hospital

Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh has been released from hospital, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

BEN JONES BISHOP: Scored a try to help Leeds reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Jones-Bishop and Lunt save Leeds after Salford give them the fear

Last season's beaten finalists Leeds were given a fright by Salford before booking a place in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. The world champions were held 6-6 at the break but scraped through 16-10 thanks to tries from Ben Jones-Bishop and Shaun Lunt in the second half.

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Australia star James O'Connor a doubt for Scotland and Wales Tests

Melbourne Rebels and Australia star James O'Connor is in doubt for the Test matches against Scotland and Wales in June due to a lacerated liver.

Former Australia fly-half Michael Lynagh face 'critical' few days

Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh is facing a vital few days in his recovery after suffering a stroke.

Former Australia captain, Michael Lynagh

Former Australia fly-half Michael Lynagh 'stable' after stroke

Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh is in a "stabilised condition" after suffering a stroke, according to the Queensland Rugby Union.

Briton Jason Downie jailed for Australia triple murder

A jealous Briton who killed a teenager and her parents after she spurned his advances was jailed in Australia today for at least 35 years.

Peterson on a poster for the documentary 'Searching for Michael Peterson'

Michael Peterson: Surfer whose glittering career was ended by his troubled life

Known as "MP" among the surfing fraternity, Michael Peterson dominated Australian surfing in the early 1970s. But although he was regarded as the best in the world by his peers, his domination never spread beyond his native country. With his aviator sunglasses, leather jacket and brooding aura, Peterson was nothing short of intimidating. Resented by some but adored by the majority, he was supremely talented, but his career hit the buffers before it had had chance to blossom.

Craig: I've been hurt by Bath's decline

Bruce Craig, the extremely wealthy owner of a Bath club struggling to string together two decent halves of rugby, let alone two winning performances, is hard on the heels of a new head coach capable of restoring the team's credibility as one of the major powers in the English game. He is also seeking renewed support from the poor souls who have paid to watch the side over recent months – if not outright forgiveness.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made a big impression for Arsenal this season

Youth teams show it's not doom and gloom with plan to instil skill

The superior technique and decision-making of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder may have been a chastening experience for England at Wembley, but the Football Association remains optimistic that the future is bright.

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s director of football developments, wants to build 'a great skill base'

English youth teams show it's not doom and gloom

The superior technique and decision-making of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder may have been a chastening experience for England at Wembley, but the Football Association remains optimistic that the future is bright.

Sylvia is seen at her home in Epsom, Surrey, looking at her remaining piece of Britannia II, the boat in which her and John rowed across the Atlantic

The pensioner next door who rowed across an ocean for love

The death of the swashbuckling adventurer John Fairfax has stirred memories in Sylvia Cook - of their record-breaking Pacific voyage, and of a love affair that hit the rocks. Simon Usborne reports

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