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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

Quake deals new blow to Christchurch as World Cup pulls out

In another blow to Christchurch's morale after last month's devastating earthquake, the city has been stripped of its 2011 Rugby World Cup matches because organisers fear it may not recover in time.

RFU expect World Cup venue change due to earthquake

The Rugby Football Union expect to receive confirmation this week that England's Rugby World Cup games will be moved away from earthquake-hit Christchurch.

Rugby round-up: Lawes set to start for Saints

The England lock Courtney Lawes is due to start for Northampton at Exeter today, continuing his comeback from a knee injury. Saints have lost five Premiership matches in a row and are without four other England men – Chris Ashton, Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood and Ben Foden. Their director of rugby, Jim Mallinder, said: "We have performed reasonably well in patches. Now we have to get a positive result."

World Cup staying in New Zealand

Rugby World Cup chiefs have stressed that all 48 matches of this year's tournament will take place in New Zealand.

New Zealand vow to stage full World Cup

Rugby World Cup chiefs have stressed that all 48 matches of this year's tournament will take place in New Zealand.

Ben Youngs demands more from England team-mates

England may have taken a giant step towards the Grand Slam with Saturday's 17-9 victory over France, but that did not stop Ben Youngs from blasting his team-mates.

England women remain on track for Slam

England's women matched their male counterparts in beating France to remain on course for the Grand Slam. A 16-3 victory at Worcester's Sixways Stadium yesterday sets up a sixth successive Six Nations title and back-to-back Slams.

Peter Bills: Sean Fitzpatrick comments could haunt him

So Sean Fitzpatrick doesn’t believe the skill levels in the 6 Nations Championship have been good enough, thus far. He may be right. But we are entitled to ask for clarification here. Good enough for what and for whom?

Now that's how to stamp your mark

As New Zealand prepares to welcome the world for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, another slightly less global event got under way this week, Te Matatini, the haka championships.

Andy Robinson agrees new Scotland contract

Andy Robinson has agreed a contract to stay as Scotland head coach until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand election? After the rugby, mate

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday that the general election will be on 26 November. He said the unusually long notice period was designed to avoid distractions during the Rugby World Cup.

Edwards says biggest games are all played in the head

Wasps and Wales coach calls on players to show bottle when it comes to handling the tight spots

Peter Bills: Brian Mujati deserves World Cup chance

If ability alone were the deciding factor in the South African rugby squad for the Rugby World Cup this year, then a player most South Africans have forgotten would comfortably win a place.

Rob Andrew considers RFU future

Rob Andrew is considering his future at the Rugby Football Union after his current position as England's director of elite rugby was scrapped.

£6 a pint for Barmy Army - but who's worrying?

England cricket supporters have been severely hit in the pocket following their team around Australia - not that they were caring about that after wrapping up the historic series victory in Sydney.

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