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Richie McCaw is the best cheat in rugby says David Flatman

Bath and England prop David Flatman has labelled All Blacks captain Richie McCaw as a cheat; albeit with admiration for the New Zealander's prowess in the dark arts.

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Most days when the boy came out of Penyrheol Comprehensive his grandfather was waiting. He took the boy to where he could practise goal-kicking, usually at the local club but if that was closed anywhere with more or less vertical rugby posts would do.

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Chelsea captain will meet major CPO shareholders on Monday as battle of Stamford Bridge hots up

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England announce Wembley match against Sweden

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Liverpool: let us agree our own TV rights deal

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Liverpool: let us agree our own TV rights deal

The Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has said that his club should be allowed to pursue their own international television rights deal and that they are being placed at a disadvantage to Real Madrid and Barcelona by being forced to share media income with smaller Premier League clubs.

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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Fury at seven year sentence for Ukraine's ousted PM

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

This morning on the rain-slicked waterfront a busker playing his fiddle has a flag stuck in his leather hatband. When it billows in the wind you see it bears the Welsh dragon.

James Lawton: Gatland's brilliant dragons breathe fire into a Welsh game many feared had burnt out

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