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?

Flooding shuts airport in Bangkok

Advancing floodwaters yesterday shut down commercial flights at Bangkok's second airport, which also housed the country's flood-relief headquarters.

Council cuts hit women hardest

Women made up two in three of all council staff who lost their jobs in the past 15 months – and in some councils made up all job cuts, the GMB union has said.

France fined £2,500 for standing up to haka... to general disbelief

Richard Cockerill, who famously went head to head with war dance, amazed by IRB 'madness'

France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski frustrated by loss

Deflated France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski claimed his side were "playing 15 against 16" in their Rugby World Cup final defeat against New Zealand due to the passionate home support in Auckland.

Gareth Thomas may miss Four Nations

Wales iconic player, Gareth Thomas, is in danger of missing the Four Nations after pulling out of the warm-up against Ireland for personal reasons.

Mohamed al Fayed (right)and Mark Hughes before things turned sour

Fayed issues furious response to Mark Hughes

The Fulham chairman, Mohamed al Fayed, yesterday issued a withering critique of the club's former manager, Mark Hughes, labelling the Welshman a "flop" and a "strange man" and questioning both his courage and ambition.

Rodgers claims Wolves lack respect for McCarthy

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American Football: Bears help NFL put down roots

Suddenly the NFL at Wembley is beginning to seem less like a novelty and more like the real thing.

Wales in form to face England

Wales had a comfortable preparation for their formidable task against England in the Four Nations as they beat Ireland 30-6 in Neath.

Arms contractor boasts on busy train of signing secret defence deal

An executive at a British engineering firm has inadvertently exposed details of a deal to sell armoured vehicles to the Middle East in a transaction he claimed was backed by the Foreign Secretary.

Stephen Donald, centre, with team-mates on the podium after his winning penalty kick

All Black who came in from the cold

Two weeks ago he was an outcast on a fishing trip. Now Stephen Donald is a World Cup hero

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