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Liverpool: let us agree our own TV rights deal

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James Lawton: Hail the beating Basque heart of France

Left out for the defeats to the hosts and Tonga, Imanol Harinordoquy has almost single-handedly turned around Les Bleus' World Cup

James Lawton: Hail the beating Basque heart of France

Left out for the defeats to the hosts and Tonga, Imanol Harinordoquy has almost single-handedly turned around Les Bleus' World Cup

James Lawton: The beating Basque heart at the centre of French renaissance

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James Lawton: Gatland's dragons silence critics and breathe new fire into game

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