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Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

Manu Tuilagi

England's Manu Tuilagi to miss Six Nations clash against Scotland

Alex Corbisiero sidelined for entire championship

Accused: The late Sir Cyril Smith has been linked to a police inquiry into a paedophile ring

Cyril Smith named in Barnes abuse case

It is claimed that the late MP attended parties at a London guest house where boys from a local care home were assaulted

Tom Hodgkinson: 'My inner bourgeois soul has re-emerged'

Are we in fuel poverty?" Victoria asked me the other day. I decided to add up our annual fuel costs to find a definite answer. It seems that we spend £2,100 a year on heating oil for our Rayburn stove. We spend £1,600 on electricity. And there is about £400 on logs, and £120 on gas bottles. That makes an annual spend of £4,220. Our annual income before tax is somewhere in the region of £40,000 to £45,000. Therefore, if you accept the definition of fuel poverty as a situation where a household spends 10 per cent or more of its income on keeping warm, it seems we are indeed fuel-poor.

Saracens go for 'artificial' Ulster clash

Saracens are in discussion with Barnet Council over the possibility of staging their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at their new Allianz Park home.

Flying scots: Alastair Kellock wins a line-out

Match Report: Northampton knock themselves out of Heineken Cup

Glasgow 27 Northampton Saints 20: Waller's flash of anger ends bonus-point bid, then Glasgow make Saints pay

Scotland’s interim coach, Scott Johnson, has chosen 10 uncapped players in his first selection

Scotland coach Scott Johnson calls up 10 new faces for England game

Six Nations starts next month

England will be looking for Tom Wood to reproduce the aggressive qualities he showed against New Zealand

Six Nations: 'England must replicate All Blacks show... in every match'

Rowntree tells players of the standards now expected of them after Twickenham heroics

Yet by comparison with Mark McCall of Saracens and Richard Cockerill of Leicester, the urbane O’Shea is feeling laid-back to the point of horizontalism

Weekend Preview: Coaches face test of cool as European tensions rise

If some of the leading referees in the British Isles are currently feeling a strange burning sensation somewhere in the region of the tympanic membrane – the eardrum, in layman's terms – they had better prepare themselves for a conflagration.

Exiles emulate Quins in big-game inspiration

While champions revel in an HQ full house, London Welsh face a 'derby' of their own

Manu Tuilagi powers towards the line to score against New Zealand

Magical memories of 2012 - Rugby Union: 'It was eerie seeing England sticking it to the silver fern'

1 December: Manu Tuilagi waltzes to the try line as England smash New Zealand

Hartley cited over 'foul play' against Ulster

England forward Dylan Hartley has been cited for alleged foul play during Northampton's Heineken Cup defeat against Ulster on Friday.

Kurtley Beale’s last-ditch winning try was hard to take but we can use such setbacks as motivation

Jamie Roberts: It's been painful - an elbow injury and a kick in the teeth from the Wallabies

Regardless of the injuries, it was a hugely disappointing autumn

The 10 Best Christmas hampers

From the choicest cuts of meat to the finest wines and sweetest treats, we’ve got all you need for a festive feast

A view of the Millennium Stadium

'Thanks but no thanks': RFU dismiss proposal to stage 2015 Rugby World Cup match between England and Wales at the Millennium Stadium

English rugby chiefs offered a polite “thanks but no thanks” after Wales attempted to hijack the 2015 World Cup pool matches by making the Millennium Stadium a major focal point for the tournament.

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

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