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.

Gatland says three Lions are nearing full fitness

Warren Gatland is optimistic about the fitness of three of his Lions, Gethin Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Ryan Jones, as the World Cup kick-off approaches. Wales play South Africa in Wellington on Sunday.

House fire in eastern Australia kills 11 from two families

A house fire in eastern Australia yesterday killed 11 people from two families, including eight children.

Change of alliance for Manu Tuilagi

Eight years ago, Manu Tuilagi sat at home cheering on Samoa as they threatened to pull off the biggest upset of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Aging All Blacks to take on Wallabies

It's been billed as a preview of this year's World Cup final. But tomorrow's Bledisloe Cup opener also has a whiff of the 2003 tournament decider about it. New Zealand - a nation that delighted in lampooning the Dad's Army (average age a shade over 28) sent out to play by Clive Woodward - will field a side with an average age of 29.

Tuilagi gets a puncher's chance for England spot

Manu, youngest of six rugby brothers from Samoa, is making an imposing case to clinch a late World Cup place

Even my dad told me that thumping Chris was wrong

Rising England star Manu Tuilagi reveals the fallout from that punch

Cooper's Wallabies bounce back to beat Boks

Australia 39 South Africa 20

Wallabies must try, try again in Tri-Nations test

It should have been another ho-hum, World Cup-year Tri-Nations: a repeat of the phoney wars that see key players rested, outsiders blooded and new tactics kept close to the chest.

Samoa gain historic win over Australia

Samoa ran in four tries to stun Australia 32-23 in a famous and well-deserved victory yesterday that gave the Wallabies the worst possible start to their World Cup season.

Tom Sutcliffe: In Apple we trust – but not the greedy banks

Social Studies: The banks exploited the trust that often exists between nonspecialist consumers and specialist suppliers

Samoa skips from last to first country to see the sun

For visitors, the highlight of a trip to Samoa has always been the opportunity to stand on a rocky promontory at Cape Mulinu'u, the westernmost point of the planet, and – with the International Dateline only 20 miles away – to gaze into tomorrow.

Samoa leaps ahead with date change

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa has announced it will jump forward in time by one day by switching to the west side of the international dateline - 119 years after it moved the other way in a bid to boost its trade and economy.

Former Saints second coming reaping divine rewards for Quins

After eight years in league, Maurie Fa'asavalu is back in union and is proving a big hit with his London club. Chris Hewett hears his story

Josh Tatupu joins Exeter on two-year deal

Exeter have completed the signing of Samoa international centre Josh Tatupu on a two-year contract.

Northampton sign Russian back Vasili Artemiev

Northampton have announced the signing of highly-rated Russian back Vasili Artemiev.

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