Sport Alex Cuthbert admits that Wales will be the team to beat ahead of this year's Six Nations

Fixture list favours Wales this year although they still face a testing trip to Twickenham to take on England on March 9

Arthur Beetson: One of rugby league's most skilful forwards

Arthur Beetson – "Big Artie" – was a larger-than-life character built on the scale that his nickname suggests.

Ugo Monye signs new Quins deal

England wing Ugo Monye has signed a new contract with Harlequins, tying him to the Aviva Premiership club until the summer of 2015.

Shane Williams scores

Williams waves his goodbyes to a nation still head over heels

Wales 18 Australia 24: Little wonder's last-minute try rescues final fling from falling decidedly flat

The Barbarians defence try to contain wing Digby Ioane, who scored two of the eight Wallaby tries

Cipriani left in the shade by O'Connor's masterclass

Barbarians 11 Australia 60: England wannabe finds the going tough on return to HQ as makeshift Wallabies thrash Barbarians

Phil Veivers was in temporary charge at Salford last season

Veivers takes Salford reins

Salford have named Phil Veivers as the coach to lead them into their new stadium for the start of next season.

McNamara has stressed the importance of building on the progress made in the recent Four Nations

England coach Steve McNamara assured over 2012 internationals

England coach Steve McNamara was today promised a full international programme in 2012 despite the Four Nations going into cold storage.

Sam Tomkins evades a tackle during England’s Wembley defeat by Australia

Mischievous Tomkins seeks rise to hero status

In-form full-back can announce himself on global stage by inspiring England to victory in the Four Nations final

Joel Tomkins joins champions Saracens

Joel Tomkins switches codes to join Saracens

Saracens today confirmed the signing of England rugby league international Joel Tomkins, but will have to wait at least three years before having the chance to get their hands on his younger brother.

Wales international Gareth Thomas retires from rugby

Wales dual-code international Gareth Thomas has announced his retirement from all forms of rugby with immediate effect.

Briscoe gets into his stride as Hull time run-in to perfection

Castleford 18 Hull 50

Tomkins handed suspended fine

Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins has been found guilty of minor misconduct over his two-fingered salute to the Leeds fans during Saturday's Challenge Cup final win over the Rhinos.

Tomkins sorry for V-sign to crowd

Sam Tomkins has apologised for his V-sign to Leeds fans during Wigan's Challenge Cup final victory at Wembley on Saturday.

Tomkins plays down v-sign row after Wigan roll back the years

Wigan 28 Leeds 18: Leeds' stirring comeback comes to nothing as Warriors secure their first Challenge Cup triumph at Wembley since 1995

Leeds to risk centres in hope of causing upset at Wembley

The Leeds coach, Brian McDermott, admits that he is gambling on the fitness of his centres, Kallum Watkins and Carl Ablett, in his bid for a Wembley upset.

Tomkins, the Wigan legend in the making, relishes final buzz

Young star excited by date at Wembley as former players line up to hail him the future of the club

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee