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Foden happy to play villain in Munster panto

There are two ways to treat a trip to Thomond Park: block out the Munster brand and the intimidation which goes with it. Or embrace and enjoy the "16th man" which is the crowd for big matches in Limerick. Even the All Blacks have been known to get the hurry-up there, but Northampton's England full-back, Ben Foden, thinks he's got it sussed. Going back there this week for his second visit of this season, Foden recalls being screamed at as "English scum" during his first visit with a lightness of spirit that silently adds "bring it on".

Wigan hold on for last Knowsley Road derby win

St Helens 10 Wigan 18

Miracle under scrutiny in John Paul beatification

The Vatican this week marks the fifth anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death amid some doubts that the miracle needed for his saint-making cause will stand up to scrutiny and questions about his record combatting pedophile priests.

Saints set sights on treble chance

Northampton 14 Wasps 9

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Huddersfield 6 St Helens 24

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Northampton 14 Wasps 9: Aggressive defence not enough for London side as treble-chasing Northampton keep up the pace

'Miracle' doubts delay sainthood for John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's fast-track to sainthood is in danger of derailment after doubts were cast yesterday on the prerequisite miracle, in which the former pontiff was said to have cured a nun of Parkinson's disease.

Brown charge stops Saints marching on

Harlequins 13 Northampton 6

Australia gets its first saint - and she's a rebel

Pope approves nun who cured cancer patients and is now on Twitter

Pryce returns to peak form as Saints belt sloppy Bulls

Bradford 6 St Helens 33

Super Bowl: 'This is the pinnacle of my life. Now I can die'

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The New Orleans Saints completed their long-awaited transformation from chumps to champions by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the Super Bowl to claim their first NFL title.

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Pope John Paul II whipped himself with a belt and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him closer to Christian perfection, according to a new book.

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