Sport Scotland lock Alastair Kellock will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on an arm injury

Scotland lock Alastair Kellock will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on an arm injury.

'Samoans are big and bulky. We're made for rugby'

At London Irish and throughout the Premiership, South Sea Islanders are a potent and growing force. The Exiles' centre Seilala Mapusua speaks to Chris Hewett about his countrymen's rise to power

'No crashes reported' as Samoan drivers switch road sides

Samoans passed a major driving test when the tiny South Pacific country became the first in decades to switch its traffic from one side of the road to the other - without any crashes reported.

Samoans fight the switch from right to left

Plan to swap sides prompts threats of mass demonstrations

New Zealand charges Samoan woman after in-flight birth

A woman who gave birth aboard an international flight without anyone noticing was charged by New Zealand police today with abandoning the baby after it was found in a toilet rubbish bin.

New Zealand police investigate newborn left on plane

A woman who allegedly abandoned her newborn child after giving birth on an international flight from Samoa may face criminal charges, New Zealand police said today.

Pick of the Picture Books: The Book of Islands, by Philip Dodd and Ben Donald

The celebration of "islomania" behind this book is nothing to do with being a helpful travel guide; nor can its remit be scientifically defined. "We went by instinct in the end," write its authors, as they struggle to define what gives a place its "islandness". And fine instincts they were, too. The Book of Islands, by Philip Dodd and Ben Donald (Palazzo Editions, £30), has winnowed the selection down to 200 of the world's most islandy examples, starting at the International Date Line with Tonga and the Chatham Islands, the first places to greet each new day, and tracking the sun west towards Samoa.

England draw Argentina and Scotland in World Cup

England and Scotland have been drawn in the same group for Rugby World Cup 2011.

Johnson's new England pass the test

Pacific Islanders 13 England 39

Eddie Jones: Springboks were scared by the Islanders

Calling the shots

Armitage primed to tackle Pacific Islands muscle

London Irish full-back well aware of challenge England will face this weekend

Richards earns Irish an upgrade

Ireland 34 Samoa 16

Premiership look to Pacific Islands side

The Pacific Islanders will provide a familiar and ferocious challenge to Martin Johnson's new-look England team at Twickenham this weekend.

Proud Kelly tells of massive effort

Ireland coach Andy Kelly spoke of his bulging pride after his team pulled off the shock of the World Cup to move to within 80 minutes of a dream semi-final against Australia.

Graham aims to prove himself against Australia

James Graham might have won most of the individual awards that matter in England last season, but he knows that his battle to establish his international credentials begins on Sunday, when he faces Australia for the first time.

England call on Calderwood

England plan to make a virtue of necessity in their World Cup meeting with Australia by using Mark Calderwood as their surprise package. The discarded Wigan winger is the one change in Tony Smith's team for the match in Melbourne this Sunday, coming in because of Lee Smith's foot injury.

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