Sport Sam Warburton is the first to sign a Welsh central contract

Warburton became the first to agree a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union that will keep him playing for the Cardiff Blues

James Horwill’s foot was said only to have glanced Alun Wyn Jones

Lions Tour 2013: Stamp ban storm hits Wallabies' Test hopes

IRB appeals James Horwill 'let-off' and replaces Kiwi hearing judge with British-Canadian

Australia’s Israel Folau and the Lions’ George North are similar in style and intensity

Australia v The Lions: Honours end even in clash of two titans

George North and Israel Folau add a compelling rivalry to the spectacle

Israel Folau is set for his international rugby union debut

British and Irish Lions 2013: Rugby league convert Israel Folau among trio of players making Australia debut

Medical team hand Rob Howley a 'massive boost' as George North is passed fit for Saturday

Marland Yarde

Marland Yarde set to make Test debut for England against Argentina

The tourists are looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series

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British and Irish Lions 2013: Sam Warburton to make bow as captain against Queensland Reds

The Welsh flanker has missed the first two warm-up matches through injury

Barbarians’ Schalk Brits is on his knees, left, after striking Owen Farrell, centre, during the game

British and Irish Lions 2013: Owen Farrell admits his mistake and warns team-mates to control their frustration

Fly-half says retaliation Down Under could prove costly as aggressor Brits is banned

British & Irish Lions: There must be no pause for breath against Barbarians

The Barbarians will have to turn in one hell of a performance in 80-degree evening heat to persuade a veritable army of critics that this peculiarly misplaced opening fixture of the British and Irish Lions 125th anniversary tour was not a lot more trouble than it was worth.

Jamie Roberts, the Lions centre, poses on top of the Grand Hyatt hotel after the British and Lions media session on May 31, 2013 in Hong Kong
Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been ruled out of England action for a third time in 12 months

Northampton flanker Calum Clark ruled out of England squad

Clark was ruled out of England's summer tour of South Africa last year and the autumn internationals

Rory Best, centre, is elated by the news that he will be touring Down Under with the Lions

Rory Best almost driven to distraction by 'dream' Lions call-up

Ulster hooker received joyful news in his car while Gatland expresses sympathy for Hartley

Dylan Hartley trudges off after the presentation

Banned Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour

Rory Best called up after hooker given 11-week ban for calling Premiership final referee Wayne Barnes a cheat

The sporting week ahead (26/05/13)

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Joe Lydon

Joe Lydon appointed as England's new head of international player development

Lydon switches from his role as head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union

British and Irish Lions 2013: Quade Cooper left out of Australia squad

25-man preliminary squad includes three uncapped players

Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans denies rape and sexual assault allegations relating to two men

Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell says Nigel Evans should retain his position while he fights the charges

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