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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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

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, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

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
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

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

Paul Scholes column

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

Frank Warren's Ringside

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