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?

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.

James Lawton: Halfpenny's heroics enough to make any grandad proud

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.

Two nations with pride at their core

Rob Hastings, John Lichfield, and Eleanor Stanford on the rugby World Cup semi-final

James Lawton: Halfpenny's heroics are enough to make every grandad proud

Wales' newly established full-back ready to face the French

Terry to meet fans as Blues launch charm offensive

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

Cardiff & Paris: A tale of two rugby cities

Tomorrow morning all eyes will be on New Zealand as Wales face France for a place in the Rugby World Cup final. But what's happening at home?

England announce Wembley match against Sweden

England will get yet another chance to end their 43-year wait for a win against Sweden at Wembley next month.

Liverpool: let us agree our own TV rights deal

The Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre (pictured) 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.

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

Lièvremont counted on Imanol Harinordoquy coming into the game with a point to prove. He knows Basque pride and the anger that comes at any slight to it

Fury at seven year sentence for Ukraine's ousted PM

Warnings that 'politically motivated' sentence for Julia Tymoshenko could threaten EU ties

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

Will Carling said he too would have been inclined to dive overboard like Manu Tuilagi if hehad been trapped in the English nightmare

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