Sport On his way: Toby Flood is thought to be lining up a move to Toulouse

Cap set to rise by almost 10 per cent this year – the first increase in two seasons

Set-piece heaven for Leicester but Chiefs push them all the way

Exeter 15 Leicester 22

Wilkinson tests RFU resolve by agreeing new Toulon deal

Jonny Wilkinson has signed a new two-year contract that will keep him at Toulon until the summer of 2013, the French Top 14 club have confirmed.

Sale crushed in the stampede as Leicester grab bag full of tries

Leicester 54 Sale 21

Twelvetrees' misses prove costly for Leicester

Leicester 22 Perpignan 22

Flood keeps Leicester afloat in deep pool

Perpignan 24 Leicester Tigers 19

Twelvetrees helps Tigers cut the Irish down to size

London Irish 14 Leicester Tigers 23: Champions' pack smashes a path for stand-in at stand-off to keep it simple in search of away win

Toby Flood: South Africa mauled us apparently, but it's all a blank after Bismarck sank me

It was only when I was coming away from Twickenham last Saturday that I became fully aware of what exactly happened in the final game of our Investec Internationals. Obviously, I soon became aware that England were beaten 21-11 by South Africa but the details of the game escaped me at the time.

Mighty Matfield points way to World Cup glory

There is nothing wrong with a solid dose of realism. England this autumn have been a team capable of great vagaries in form. They are a young side, with no history of achievement behind them, still searching for consistency.

Fleet-footed England sunk by the Bismarck

England 11 South Africa 21: Johnson's side scuppered by brute force of Springbok forwards and early injuries to key players Croft and Flood

World champions give England a reality check

England 11 South Africa 21

Toby Flood: It's going to be tough but if we can beat the Boks it will have been a great autumn

We have to win the physical battle against South Africa. If we don't, it will be a long day

England clinch hard-fought victory against Samoa

England 26 Samoa 13

Toby Flood: Against Australia we really opened the game up. It was pretty special stuff

It's not too difficult for the players in the England squad to keep our feet on the ground about our win against Australia in the second of our autumn Investec internationals at Twickenham last Saturday.

James Lawton: Youngs the precocious commander delivers timely rebuttal to doubters

If ever anyone deserved a lifting of pressure, a sense that there is more than a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel, then it was surely Martin Johnson

Ashton's fire reduces Australia to ashes

England 35 Australia 18: Wing points the way to the World Cup for an England side suddenly bristling with attacking intent
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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen