Sport Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann celebrate during the 2013-14 Ashes Series in Australia

Swann also reveals he retired midway through the series as his own performances were 'awful' and he was becoming a hindrance to his team

James Lawton: Welsh burnt out by brilliant efforts but the future is bright

No, in the end Wales didn't make the podium of this seventh World Cup but if some lesser performers here take any satisfaction in this they not only do discredit to themselves but also the game they play.

Flower quick to defend petulant England

It is one thing to lose, it is another to lose badly.

Australia's iron defence denies Wales bronze

Australia 21 Wales 18

Hair today, gone tomorrow – because they're worth it

Marc Lièvremont's 'tache has lit up the World Cup, prompting Robin Scott-Elliot to unfurl a top 10 of hirsute sporting errors

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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.

Greek unions threaten more strikes

Greek unions threatened further strikes next week, a day after parliament approved new harsh cutbacks to secure international loans despite protests and riots that left one man dead and nearly 200 injured.

Wales v Australia player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the third-place play-off at Eden Park

England bowler Tim Bresnan fined for showing dissent

England's Tim Bresnan has been fined 7.5% of his match fee for showing dissent towards an umpire during yesterday's one-day international against India in Mohali, the International Cricket Council have announced.

Victory would be 'marvellous' says New Zealand coach Graham Henry

Graham Henry admits it would be "marvellous" to see his New Zealand team crowned world champions.

Valiant Wales narrowly beaten by Australia

Wales 18 Australia 21

Dhoni wraps up series then sticks knife into England

England 298-4 India 300-5 (India win by 5 wickets)

Chase & Co happy to fly English flag despite doubters

England take on France tonight ahead of the Four Nations, but not everyone is happy with the squad

Fallon's excursion Down Under leaves Hanagan on top

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