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

Wallaby dig at pretty England

Australia's Digby Ioane is relishing the chance to launch his comeback against England's "pretty" wingers on Saturday.

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson cited for stamp

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson has been cited for stamping on Scotland forward Alasdair Strokosch during yesterday's Test match at Murrayfield.

Manu Tuilagi of England hands off Vereniki Goneva of Fiji during the QBE international match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium

Stuart Lancaster wary of Australian backlash

Stuart Lancaster warned England must be prepared for an Australian backlash in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.

Fiji were denied access to key players on Saturday

IRB consider amnesty offer for clubs who keep players away from international duty

The International Rugby Board may grant an amnesty to European clubs who offer foreign players incentives not to represent their countries in Test matches in exchange for guarantees that such practices will stop immediately. The governing body, determined to take action following last week's revelations in The Independent that Fiji had been unable to field their strongest team at last year's World Cup and had again been weakened for their current tour of the northern hemisphere, will address the issue in the coming weeks.

Kim Whitton, left, and Patricia Putt took part in the scientific test at Goldsmiths, University of London

They didn't see that coming: Psychics fail scientific test

Two mediums who claimed to have psychic powers were unable to demonstrate their ability under laboratory conditions.

A detective from the Met's Sapphire sex crime unit has been detained

New Scotland Yard to be sold as Metropolitan Police downsizes

New Scotland Yard is to be sold as the Metropolitan Police faces making cuts of more than £500 million, a senior officer said today.

Freddie Burns did his claim for England status no harm at all in Gloucester’s 27-21 defeat of Leicester

Burns leaves indelible mark as he enhances his reputation

Taken together, the sighs of relief from the England coaching team at the end of this minor Premiership classic at Kingsholm were enough to constitute a gale force wind. Toby Flood looked very sharp at outside-half for Leicester; his colleagues Dan Cole and Geoff Parling applied God's amount of pressure, at scrum and line-out respectively; Freddie Burns reinforced the already overwhelming impression that he is an international No 10 in waiting; Billy Twelvetrees did something similar with regards to the No 12 position. But for some dodgy throwing from the hooker Tom Youngs, who would be positively lethal on a darts oche, it was just about perfect.

Mary Dejevsky: More reasons to build Boris Island

We pay more attention, I would wager, to arguments we like than to those we don't. Which is doubtless why I was so taken with a report saying that a third runway at Heathrow could treble deaths related to air pollution (bringing them to 150 a year by 2030), while a brand new "Boris Island" airport could reduce them by two thirds.

Passengers hit by major rail delays

Passengers travelling in and out of London faced major delays this morning after a host of rail and underground services were cancelled.

Leinster lift the Heineken Cup in May. The RFU is backing a change of competition format

RFU pushes for revamped Heineken Cup

The vexed future of the Heineken Cup, by common consent the best club rugby competition in the world, was being debated once again yesterday as delegates from all six competing nations gathered in Rome to work out a way of holding the thing together in the face of English and French threats to walk away in 2014.

Simon McIntyre scores for Wasps in their narrow win yesterday

Pete Townshend explains child porn searches

Rock legend Pete Townshend has opened up for the first time about his arrest in 2003 on suspicion of using child pornography. Speaking to the Times, the Who guitarist described his decision to investigate as a result of "white knight syndrome".

Dean Richards at the RFU Championship launch at Twickenham yesterday admitted he has not always been a saint

Chastened Dean Richards is ready to return to the game that's in his blood

Newcastle's director of rugby is aiming to steer the Tynesiders back into the Premiership

Tony Rea returns to London Broncos

Tony Rea has been appointed as the head coach of London Broncos for a second time after signing a two-year contract.

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