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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

The prime minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, unveils an ice statue of Roald Amundsen at the South Pole

Outside Edge: Girls just wanna have recognition

Why do they call it Sports Personality of the Year? They rarely have one.

Old Trafford appears the most likely northern venue

Premiership investigate Old Trafford final

The Aviva Premiership Grand Final could be staged at Old Trafford in 2013 or 2014 as part of a concerted effort to engage rugby fans in the north of England.

1. v FIJI 2007, World Cup: Heartache for Wales, but Williams provides consolation with a burst down the right wing to leave Fijian after Fijian upended before a dramatic swallow dive under the posts

Wales say farewell to Williams – last of a dying breed

Australia face a tide of emotion today, and a 5ft 7in twinkle-toed wing who is still capable of waltzing through a land of giants

The Lions convene once every four years

Dates confirmed for Lions tour of Australia

The British and Irish Lions will play Test matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney when they tour Australia in 2013.

At 33, Lewis Moody would have had little chance of making it to the next World Cup

Lewis Moody 'disappointed' with leaked report

Former England captain Lewis Moody has released a statement following the leaked report into England's World Cup campaign. Here is the statement in full...

Rob Howley agrees new WRU deal

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has followed Shaun Edwards' lead in agreeing a new long-term contract with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Harlequins No 8 Nick Easter runs in his side's third try against Gloucester at Kingsholm

Easter leads Quins in a gallop past Gloucester

Gloucester 9 Harlequins 28: England No 8 rounds off win with spectacular try to set up mouthwatering matches with Toulouse

Tindall to fight ban to save his England career

Centre's Red Rose future looks over as he pays price for World Cup antics while Ashton is warned after role in 'midget madness'

Tindall to appeal fine

Mike Tindall will appeal the £25,000 fine imposed on him today by the Rugby Football Union.

<b>IRELAND v WALES MATCH FACTS </b><br/><br/>
<b>::</b> Ireland have won four of their last six matches against Wales, and nine of the last 12, but lost the last one 19-13 in Cardiff during last season's Six Nations. <br/><br/>
<b>::</b> Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll (pictured) will play against Wales for the 14th time, equalling his country's appearance record for the fixture.

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll to miss Six Nations

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll will undergo surgery for a trapped nerve in his shoulder next week and is expected to be ruled out for up to six months.

Wales lost to Australia in the third-place play off at the World Cup

Wales announce three-Test series against Australia

World Cup semi-finalists Australia and Wales will meet in a three-match series Down Under in 2012, the Wallabies announced today.

Jim Mallinder has revealed he would be interested in managing England

Northampton director Jim Mallinder reveals England ambitions

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder has admitted he would be interested in becoming England coach.

Graham Henry has been linked with a role with the RFU

Graham Henry plays down possible RFU role after standing down as New Zealand coach

Outgoing New Zealand coach Graham Henry has admitted a job in Europe would be "stimulating and challenging," but played down reports linking him with a role at the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The French players advanced towards the All Blacks during the haka

France fined for encroaching on New Zealand haka in World Cup final

France have been fined £2500 for advancing on the New Zealand haka before Sunday's World Cup final, the International Rugby Board have confirmed.

Wales slide down rugby world rankings

Wales have dropped two places in the International Rugby Board's latest world rankings, despite their World Cup heroics.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links