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Bath have sought to clarify the circumstances of Gary Gold’s departure as director of rugby by stating his removal followed a disagreement over his role.

Former England coaches Mike Ford and John Wells leave RFU

Former England assistant coaches Mike Ford and John Wells are to leave the Rugby Football Union with immediate effect.

Hansen has tough calls to make as All Blacks coach

New All Blacks coach Steve Hansen yesterday ascended to the job he had publicly coveted for the best part of a year, but he inherits a team in transition and will have tough choices to make as the World Cup winners put the Graham Henry era behind them.

Jonny Wilkinson who has announced his retirement from international rugby

Brian Ashton: Jonny was ruthless in his desire to improve

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IRB to vote on Bill Beaumont chairman bid

Bill Beaumont's bid to replace Bernard Lapasset as chairman of the International Rugby Board will finally go to the vote in Los Angeles today.

American No 8 Samu Manoa on the charge for Northampton

Castres employ Martial arts to knock out Saints

Castres 41 Northampton Saints 22

Andy Farrell, the England interim assistant coach, has helped Saracens become more dynamic and challenging

Ashton: Farrell can be brilliant for England team

Man who gave new red-rose coach his first cap says former league player has vision and communication skills to be huge success

Lancaster will step up from his current dual-role of England Saxons coach and the RFU's head of player development to take charge until a permanent replacement for Martin Johnson is appointed

Lancaster to coach England in Six Nations

England's new interim head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted his first job will be to "get the culture right" in the wake of the World Cup fiasco.

IRB announce player failed drug test at World Cup

One unnamed player failed a drugs test during the Rugby World Cup and has been provisionally suspended, the International Rugby Board announced.

Lewis Moody was injured playing for Bath at Worcester

Moody out for 12 weeks after surgery on shoulder

Former England captain's dismal year gets worse just as he was hoping to shine for Bath

Ugo Monye signs new Quins deal

England wing Ugo Monye has signed a new contract with Harlequins, tying him to the Aviva Premiership club until the summer of 2015.

Northampton's Tom Wood is shown a red card during the Premiership match with Leicester at Welford Road at the weekend

Ashton given month's ban for hair-pulling act

England wing told by chief disciplinary officer that he 'sparked mass brawl' and misses two key Heineken Cup ties with Castres

Peter Stringer joins Saracens on loan

Aviva Premiership champions Saracens have confirmed the signing of Ireland international Peter Stringer on a three-month loan deal.

Outside Edge: No parental control on touchy lines

Not another fight between the dads at an Under-9s football match?

Shane Williams scores

Williams waves his goodbyes to a nation still head over heels

Wales 18 Australia 24: Little wonder's last-minute try rescues final fling from falling decidedly flat

The RFU have managed to remain in robust financial health

James Lawton: A few humble words and hope is revived for the English game

One day of atonement at Twickenham was never going to wipe away the years of bombast and folly – there simply wasn't enough sackcloth or ashes to go around – but anyone who still cares about England's rugby now has some little reason for hope.

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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