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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee