Sport Gary Gold claimed he left Bath this week on good terms

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.

Steval Pumas and MTN Golden Lions compete in the Vodacom Cup final earlier this year

South Africa bring back racial quotas for teams

Almost a decade after they were dismissed as "window dressing", racial quotas are on their way back to South African sport.

British and Irish Lions 2013: Tommy Bowe fired up for final Test against Australia

The series decider takes place tomorrow

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree supervises an England training session

Six Nations 2013: Graham Rowntree regrets describing England as 'in the gutter'

Coach made statement following disastrous World Cup

Chris Robshaw will remain as England captain

Loyal Stuart Lancaster ignores doubters to retain Chris Robshaw in role of 'general'

England coach confirms Quins flanker will retain captaincy for upcoming Six Nations campaign

Bryan Habana goes to Toulon – but not Jason Tovey

Bryan Habana, South Africa's prolific wing and record test try-scorer, has agreed to join the French club Toulon at the end of the Super 15.

Toulon batter Sale in 62-point whitewash

Toulon 62 Sale 0

<b>23 OCTOBER</b><br/>
<b>New Zealand 8-7 France</b><br/>
The hosts and the favourites for the tournament keep to the script, just, by edging out France at Eden Park. With many predicting a landslide victory for the All Blacks before the game, the reality is very different. A tense and thrilling final is won by a single point against an unpredictable French side who finally run out of luck. What were to be the winning points are kicked by Stephen Donald, who before the tournament began, would have been considered the All Blacks sixth choice kicker. Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Trophy and a country that has experienced a testing couple of years is united in celebration as 24 years of hurt come to an end.

France eager to avenge World Cup defeat against New Zealand

France beaten by New Zealand in 2011 final

Ireland back-row forward Donnacha Ryan

How hemispheres compare... What have the autumn fixtures taught us? And are England world-beaters now?

England have cause for cheer, Scotland have silver linings, Wales are in a bad place but Ireland can be optimistic. By Chris Hewett tries to work out what it all means

England's Tom Wood

England v New Zealand: An All Black battering in store unless Red Rose are fully focused

Home team admit they have a mighty tall order containing an opponent without weaknesses

Owen Farrell

Fearless Owen Farrell is hungry to tackle brilliant All Blacks

England's raw outside-half insists he is ready to go head-to-head with returning New Zealand star Dan Carter

Owen Farrell will go head to head with Dan Carter

Owen Farrell must give England bite against New Zealand

Outside-half's aggression will be key to home hopes as Lancaster looks to combat Dan Carter and All Blacks

Chris Robshaw has been taken to task over his decision-making

New Zealand join critics of England captain Chris Robshaw

England host the All Blacks at Twickenham this weekend

Robshaw's wrong call leaves England with a lot more questions to answer

Suddenly, the public perception of Chris Robshaw – and, indeed, of the coach who made an England captain of him, Stuart Lancaster – is that they learnt all they know about leadership while studying at the King Lear Academy. Never mind that the national team, still in the early stages of its development, lost by a miserable point (16-15) against the second best side in world rugby. Robshaw and Lancaster are deep in clanger territory. If Lancaster and Robshaw find themselves on the wrong end of an All Black shellacking this coming weekend, they will have an awful lot of fire-fighting ahead.

Fumbling England make the wrong choice yet again

England 15 South Africa 16: After failing to take the points on offer against Australia, captain Robshaw opts for the penalty late on against South Africa but then runs out of time and succumbs to 11th match in a row without a victory over the Springboks

Ben Youngs confronts Eben Etzebeth

Which players in this young England team can be stars of 2015?

Goode, Cole, Wood and Launchbury can go the distance but, for all the academies, the jury is out on the rest

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