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

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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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