Sport Dylan Hartley is maturing into the England side

They have all played in this annual showpiece in the past, but is it head or heart for these commentators?

Coastal Wales 'world's best region'

A Welsh coastal path, whose completion has been thrown into doubt by the objection of Gypsies on the route, has been chosen as the world's greatest region in a best-in-travel 2012 guide.

Geordan Murphy: Excited to save the Tigers

Leicester have suffered while their players have been on World Cup duty. Their captain tells Simon Turnbull they can still recover

Four Nations can erase pain of World Cup

Expect more tries and better rugby as 13-man code emerges from union's shadow

Broken cheekbone rules out Tuilagi

It has not been the best of months for Manu Tuilagi. There was the World Cup quarter-final exit to France, then the jump from the Auckland ferry that earned England's hyperactive young centre a £3,000 fine and a slap on the wrists. Now there is the smack to the head that will keep the 20-year-old out of action for six weeks with a broken cheekbone.

No credit event seen as bond holders ready for bigger losses on Greek debt

European plans for a voluntary 50 per cent discount on Greek debt are unlikely to constitute a credit event, according to the body responsible for determining whether or not the move would trigger payouts under insurance contracts covering losses on Greek bonds.

Pietersen keen to play in T20 match to showcase his worth

No England tour worth its salt is complete without Kevin Pietersen playing a prominent part, usually as the pantomime villain. In this ill-starred venture to India, where the tourists lost the one-day international series 5-0, he has left it late.

World Cup winner Grahan Henry interested in RFU role

New Zealand's World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry would be interested in working with the Rugby Football Union in a development role.

Jazz Richards signs new Swansea deal

Highly-rated Swansea defender Jazz Richards has signed a new 18-month contract at the Liberty Stadium.

QPR deny players will give evidence in John Terry racism enquiry

QPR today categorically denied Paddy Kenny, Clint Hill and Shaun Derry had been called to give evidence in the John Terry racism inquiry.

City set to go to war with Touré over ban as Tevez row rumbles on

Already mired in acrimony with Carlos Tevez, Manchester City are bracing themselves for a battle with another of the club's former captains after it emerged Kolo Touré plans to contest any potential punishment levelled at him for his six-month suspension for a failed drugs test.

Hamish McRae: Unlike politicians, the markets are seeing sense

It is strange, isn't it? The markets are being more adult about all this than the politicians. The mass of conflicting stories coming out of Brussels have, of course, had an impact on share and bond prices. When Angela Merkel managed to win support from her parliament for beefing up the European support fund, shares moved up. When reports came out that the banks were deadlocked over the size of the Greek "haircut", they fell back.

City prepare to go to war with second player

First Tevez, now Toure - City open up second front

Team GB plan pre-Olympic friendlies in Birmingham

Britain is planning to mark its return to Olympic football after a 40-year absence with a gala double-header featuring both the women's and men's teams playing international friendlies at the same venue on the same day next July.

FA consider team GB double-header

Britain is planning to mark its return to Olympic football after a 40-year absence with a gala double-header featuring both the women's and men's teams playing international friendlies at the same venue on the same day next July.

Thomas calls time on extraordinary career

Britain's highest-profile gay sportsman will also be remembered as a great player under both codes
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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album