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

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Huddersfield boss Nathan Brown agrees to take over at St Helens

St Helens got their man today when Huddersfield boss Nathan Brown agreed to take over as head coach from next season.

England Assistant Coach Andy Farrell

Saracens in talks with RFU after approach for Andy Farrell

England's 2012 RBS 6 Nations coaching team could be reunited in full-time roles during the next few days.

Cardiff to host World Cup start

Next year's World Cup will kick off with a double-header at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but the announcement of venues for the final and semi-finals has been delayed.

Referee dropped after try error

The French referee Thierry Alibert has been dropped from duty this weekend after allowing a try on the seventh tackle at Warrington on Sunday. The Wolves beat Wakefield 32-30 and the Wakefield coach, Richard Agar, claimed that the referee's blunder was the turning point.

John Kear brings huge experience to his new role at Batley

Championship TV is set to take fans to the heartland

Television coverage of Championship rugby league will break new ground when it starts this week, with unprecedented access to what makes the game tick.

Cardiff Blues hooker Rhys Thomas to join Wasps

Cardiff Blues hooker Rhys Thomas is to leave the region at the end of the season to join Wasps.

The offending shirt worn by Gold Coast United

Gold Coast United franchise terminated over 'freedom of speech' slogan

Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer had his A-League licence terminated by Football Federation Australia (FFA) today after refusing to back down in a row over a slogan on the team's shirt.

Some of the comments on Stuart Lancaster’s progress to date have have been myopic

Brian Ashton: The game will be won or lost on decision-making

Tackling The Issues

Hemel to play in Championship 1

Hemel Hempstead Stags will play in Championship 1 next year, with Northampton and two other sides from new areas. Bristol and Medway are favourites.

Super League season preview podcast

It's almost time for the talking to stop and the action to start, so come get ready for it all with the PROBIZ Tryline podcast.

Martin Gleeson, the Hull centre, was banned for three years in May last year by anti-doping officials

More Hull players admit to taking banned substance

Three former Hull players have admitted taking the same illegal substance that led to Martin Gleeson being given a three-year ban by the UK anti-doping authority.

Foden heroics fire Saints to comeback win

Scarlets 17 Northampton 29
Gary Gold was an assistant with the Springboks

Gary Gold becomes rugby director at Newcastle

Newcastle have appointed South African Gary Gold as their rugby director for the rest of this season.

Prescott joins Saints after being given six months to live – six years ago

Steve Prescott has joined the coaching staff at his old club, St Helens, six years after being given six months to live with a rare form of stomach cancer.

Martin Gleeson is one of those involved

Former Hull trio hit with drug bans

Former Hull centre Martin Gleeson, chief executive James Rule and conditioner Ben Cooper have been banned for breaching anti-doping rules.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game