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Eddie Jones’ emerging side leave second-stringers with shattered egos and one broken nose

Stephen Donald

All Black hero Stephen Donald pulls plug on Bath to head to Japan

Stephen Donald, the outside-half from New Zealand who kicked the All Blacks to a first world title in almost a quarter of a century before flying halfway round the planet for a lucrative stint in Premiership rugby with Bath, has had enough of life in these parts. He is about to leave the Recreation Ground with a season still left on his very expensive contract and take up employment in Japan, where the weekly demands on mind and body are somewhat less severe.

Leigh Halfpenny

Six Nations: Leigh Halfpenny voted player of the tournament

Wales full back takes honour

Jonathan Davies fills in as lead commentator after Andrew Cotter falls ill

The BBC's Six Nations coverage was thrown into disarray after lead commentator, Andrew Cotter, fell ill during Wales's victory over Italy, writes Matt Lloyd.

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Chelsea captain John Terry announced his international retirement on the eve of an FA charge of racially abusing Queen's Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand. The move has been seen as a protest at his treatment by the FA, with Terry saying his position with the national team had been made 'untenable'.

International retirement: The England players who called it a day

Former captain John Terry surprised everyone last night by announcing he was retiring from international duty.

Old hands: Shane Williams is tackled by Martyn Williams (middle right)

Robinson helps Wales wave off two legends

Wales 30 Barbarians 21: Young wing shines in match that marks Shane and Martyn Williams' farewell

Wales coach Warren Gatland

Brian Ashton: Wales must add grand ambition to Grand Slam

Tackling The Issues

Dan Lydiate has been named player of the Six Nations

Dan Lydiate wins Six Nations award

Flanker Dan Lydiate has been named RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship for 2012 after his outstanding displays in Wales' Grand Slam triumph.

Lewis Moody: For an idea of where England are headed, just look at Wales now

It might have made ominous viewing for any England fan watching Wales cut through Scotland on Sunday – but I looked at it differently. Where Wales happen to be now, I think England will be in a few years' time. So let's just call their magnificent form a snapshot of our own future.

Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny on his way to his second try against Scotland

Lewis Moody: For an idea of where England are headed, look at Wales now

Moody Views: At 23, Halfpenny is the oldest of the back three, a testimony to the coaching staff's faith in youth

LV Cup: Haag happy as Bath cruise into semis

Martin Haag, the Bath forwards' coach, was delighted to secure a home LV Cup semi-final against Leicester Tigers after a comprehensive 31-3 victory over Exeter yesterday. A first-half hat-trick from flying wing Tom Biggs helped Bath finish top of Pool One.

The No 8 David Denton keeps his eye on the ball in training

Denton relishing shot at 'biggest game in the world'

Although Scotland's new No 8 was born in Zimbabwe he grew up aware of the needle in today's match, he tells Simon Turnbull

Rhys Priestland was one of Wales' World Cup heroes

Jamie Roberts and Rhys Priestland declared fit for Wales

Wales boss Warren Gatland has dismissed any notion of him taking a double risk with Jamie Roberts and Rhys Priestland for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations opener against Ireland.

Shane Williams scores his final try for Wales in the final minute in unorthodox fashion on Saturday

James Lawton: This was a big finish by the little genius – but is he the last of his kind?

Coming right at the end of both the match and an astonishing international career, it was the almost eerily appropriate departure of arguably the most relentessly mischievous gnome in the history of his or any other sport.

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