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Laura Robson and Heather Watson have hit new heights in the past year

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David Flatman: It's official - abusing referees is bad for the game's health

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'Thanks but no thanks': RFU dismiss proposal to stage 2015 Rugby World Cup match between England and Wales at the Millennium Stadium

English rugby chiefs offered a polite “thanks but no thanks” after Wales attempted to hijack the 2015 World Cup pool matches by making the Millennium Stadium a major focal point for the tournament.

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Fearless Owen Farrell is hungry to tackle brilliant All Blacks

England's raw outside-half insists he is ready to go head-to-head with returning New Zealand star Dan Carter

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