Kevin Pietersen of England during a nets session at Sydney Cricket Ground
Kevin Pietersen wants to carry on playing for England until 2016

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Tom Wood produced an immense performance against the All Blacks

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The Red Roses came close to a second successive victory over the All Blacks

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Whatever Kevin Pietersen had in mind when he embarked on his new life, playing 100 Test matches for England was probably well towards the back of it. He was blessed with talent and knew it, but he could have barely imagined it would turn out like this.

Dragon flies: Toby Faletau dives over to score Wales’ second try in yesterday’s win over Argentina

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Revenge is sweet as record win ends four-year run without a November victory for Warren Gatland's side

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North was one of four try scorers who gave Wales their first win in the autumn internationals in four years

Ken Owens celebrates with George North after scoring Wales' fourth try

Wales 40 Argentina 6 match report: Record victory over the Pumas is their first autumn win for four years

Tries from Phillips, North, Faletau and replacement Owens gave the Welsh a much needed boost having not won in the autumn internationals since beating the same opposition four years ago

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Ms Bachman said she killed the lion on a hunt in South Africa, where a petition has now been started to have her barred from the country

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Ireland are looking to snuff out Australia in Dublin today at the very first phase – by dismantling their line-out.

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The full-back has won 15 caps for Spain

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Wales v Argentina: Toby Faletau happy to buck the trend after rejecting France approach to remain with the Newport Gwent Dragons

Wales centre Jonathan Davies was the latest to announce a move across the channel earlier this week but Faletau will remain in Wales until at least 2016

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At least 26 people have died and 11 others are seriously injured in a bus crash in South Africa, 60 miles east of the capital Pretoria.

England captain Chris Robshaw wants to turn Twickenham into a fortress ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

England v New Zealand: Captain Chris Robshaw wants fortress feeling at Twickenham to continue against the Kiwis

The current World Cup holders are out for revenge after losing this fixture a year ago but Robshaw wants to turn home stadium into a place to fear for opposition

South Africa celebrate a try as George North of Wales looks dejected

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Warren Gatland's team lose four players to injury before half-time as South Africa prove too strong

Take that: Dylan Hartley celebrates as Joe Launchbury claims the first of England’s four tries

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England's coach needs a settled spine to his team for the coming challenge but questions remain over the No 9

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