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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

Dan Carter was named Player of the Year for a second time, at the IRB's annual awards

New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter to follow Richie McCaw in taking six-month sabbatical

Carter will take time out from the game after the Kiwi's November European Tour

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will undergo drastic changes

Olympic Stadium's emotional goodbye raises expectations for successful reunion

When Diamond League returns in 2015 it will be a revamped venue, but athletics chiefs are confident of more full houses

Robbie Deans speaks to his players after defeat

Australia confirm Robbie Deans' resignation as head coach following defeat to the British and Irish Lions

Ewen McKenzie becomes the new head coach of the Wallabies

Premiership backs proposal for globally integrated rugby season

IRPA proposals given approval

Robbie Deans speaks to his players after defeat

Robbie Deans 'sacked as Australia head coach' following defeat to the Lions

There has been much speculation about his future

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

Ben Morgan welcomes the influx of new talent into the national side

Round-up: Debutants threaten England's old hands

England's holidaying absentees have been warned that they face a battle to regain their Test places after Stuart Lancaster's young guns maximised their opportunity in a 32-3 victory over Argentina on Saturday.

Private firm growth drifts to the South

Private companies in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North-east are struggling for growth as the centre of business power moves "inexorably southwards", according to a report published this week.

West Ham have agreed a 99-year deal to use the Olympic Stadium

Green light for Olympic Stadium makeover

Plans to make major changes at the £429 million Olympic Stadium have been given the green light.

Joe Ansbro pictured at the 2011 World Cup

Joe Ansbro retirement: Former team-mate Topsy Ojo pays tribute

The Scotland international today called time on his career following a neck break last August. Here, his former London Irish team-mate pays tribute

Tom Wood

Tom Wood handed England captaincy for tour of Argentina as Chris Robshaw is rested

Stuart Lancaster names 11 uncapped players in squad

Matt Prior of England is hugged by Stuart Broad as he leaves the field with Monty Panesar at the end of day five of the Third Test match against New Zealand

New Zealand v England: Matt Prior holds firm to earn tourists stunning draw but Alastair Cook orders an inquest into failures

Captain demands England learn the lessons of ‘disappointing’ series after Prior saves the day

Skipper George Skivington to stay with London Irish for three more years

Former England Saxons captain George Skivington has extended his contract with London Irish.

West Ham confirmed as future tenants of Olympic Stadium - now the £160m revamp begins

Owners deny they will seek to cash in after club are unveiled as tenants

West Ham have agreed a 99-year deal to use the Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium deal for West Ham finally agreed

West Ham have agreed a deal to move into London's Olympic Stadium, sources close to the process have confirmed.

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