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Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

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They are joined by South Africa's Hashim Amla, Australia's Michael Clarke, India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka

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Trott will return to the UK due to a stress-related illness and both Trescothick and Luke Sutton, who both suffered similar conditions, have leapt to his defence

Scott Johnson, Scotland’s interim head coach

Autumn internationals: Scots fear another drubbing against Wallabies

Scotland's interim head coach, Scott Johnson, admits his side will have another day to forget against Australia on Saturday if they make the same kind of mistakes which cost them dear last weekend.

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Kevin Pietersen of England during a nets session at Sydney Cricket Ground
Ken Owens celebrates with George North after scoring Wales' fourth try

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

14 November 2013: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa greets Prince Charles during a reception at the President's House in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Royal couple are visiting Sri Lanka in order to attend the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

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The decision to hold the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka has led, with grim inevitability, to a public relations disaster

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Wales 15 South Africa 24 match report: Wales fail once again to beat South Africa

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

Brian Smith: Troubled Argentina can be dangerous but England should tame them

Coach's view: You can have all the talent and potential in the world yet struggle when your players are spread all over the globe

Sam Warburton will lead out Wales against South Africa on Saturday

Sam Warburton ready to reclaim Wales captaincy and admits 'I wanted it back big time'

The successful British and Irish Lions skipper will lead out the Welsh when they take on South Africa on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium

Distraught Wales captain Sam Warburton reacts after receiving a straight red card for a dengerous tackle on Vincent Clerc of France during semi final one of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup between Wales and France at Eden Park on October 15, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wales v South Africa: Sam Warburton denies having issue with referee Alain Rolland

Rolland sent off the Wales captain in the 2011 World Cup semi-final

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