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Leading article: The All Blacks and the curse of home-crowd expectations

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A US man has been killed by what is thought to be a great white shark off the south-west coast

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England 220 India 223-4

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Race to India bypasses the poor

The state of Uttar Pradesh is accused of exploiting farmers to grab a slice of Formula One riches

Stubborn Cook can cut it as captain

Sledging and squabbles have made for a lamentable series but one-day leader will learn from experience

Scandinavian invasion: How Swedes and Danes have stormed the British high street

Mix sleek, simple design with a quirky sensibility: how the Swedes and Danes have stormed the British high street

Leading article: Britain is in the Pink

The United Kingdom has changed since this newspaper published its first Pink List in 2000. The age of consent for gay men was equalised a few months later. Civil partnerships conferring the same rights as marriage have been held since 2005. Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in providing goods and services was banned in 2007. It was one of the great achievements of New Labour in government that it helped Britain become a more tolerant, fairer and more open society.

Reed's stunning solo try gives England optimism

England's new look side did enough to warm up for the Four Nations, as they got over a tricky patch in the first half in Avignon to again prove too strong for the French, winning 32-18 last night.

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