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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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A shop steward from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was shot dead at one of Lonmin's South African mines yesterday, sparking fears of a renewed cycle of violence in the country's troubled platinum mining belt.

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Calum Clark has only just returned from a 32-week suspension

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In a public exchange of letters that has touched many Italians, the speaker of the parliament has asked to meet a young gay man who says he feels suicidal in one of Europe’s most homophobic societies.

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Oscar Pistorius, who awaits trial for murder, will not compete this year, confirms agent

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Lonmin recovers after troubled year

The platinum miner Lonmin more than doubled first-half profits compared to a troubled 2012 and lifted its production guidance for the year yesterday but warned of the "significant challenge" of wage talks ahead.

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez escapes punishment for 'punching' opponent in World Cup qualifier

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William Hague said the UK would clear up any 'bureaucratic confusion'

William Hague acts to tackle confusion over decision to end support to South Africa

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Neil Jenkins' appointment adds to the Welsh influence in the Lions party for this summer’s tour

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The British and Irish Lions have won only four Test series in a century, three of them through the boot, so the addition of Neil Jenkins to the coaching team for this summer's tour of Australia makes complete sense. Jenkins was appointed to the back-room staff – a move that can only enhance Leigh Halfpenny's chances of making the starting line-up for the opening meeting with the Wallabies in Brisbane on 22 June.

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Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee began his 2013 World Triathlon Series season with a comfortable win in San Diego.

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Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

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