Francois Louw may not return to his club Bath until mid-October

Bath will lose Louw after one game as South Africa seek reinforcements

Bath, in dire need of a strong start to the Premiership season after missing out on Europe with a below-the-fold finish last time out, suffered a heavy blow yesterday when their best player, the South African flanker Francois Louw, was recalled by the Springboks for the next tranche of southern hemisphere Rugby Championship games.

Nick Runciman

Scrum-half Nick Runciman rejoins London Welsh

Scrum-half Nick Runciman has rejoined London Welsh ahead of their maiden Aviva Premiership campaign.

Chris Tremlett receives some words of advise from his Surrey captain Gareth Batty

County Championship round-up: Tremlett toils while Strauss hits 50 in Middlesex flop

Andrew Strauss would normally be happy scoring a half-century on his return to county colours, but seen as his Middlesex side were skittled for just 98, the England captain's joy was probably less than unconfined.

William Haggas steps Valiant up in class and trip at Newmarket

Valiant can take up the gauntlet in St Leger trial

Haggas colt fast-tracked to Group company, as July Meeting opens amid gathering clouds

£2m drugs haul seized from lorry

Two attempts to smuggle drugs, including nearly 80lb (36kg) of heroin, into the UK have been foiled by Border Force officials.

Davies goes home to build Wales base with the Blues

It is not all sweetness and light in Welsh rugby despite the Six Nations Grand Slam: the four regional sides are struggling for crowds, struggling for finance and, as a consequence, struggling to hang on to their best talent in the face of big-money raids from France.

Phil Davies is joining Cardiff as director of rugby

Davies goes home to build Wales base with the Blues

It is not all sweetness and light in Welsh rugby despite the Grand Slam triumph in this year's Six Nations: the four regional sides are struggling for crowds, struggling for finance and, as a consequence, struggling to hang on to their best talent in the face of big-money raids from France.

BEN YOUNGS: The scrum-half appeared to drop his right knee on the prone body of Jamie Gibson

Ben Youngs suspended by RFU, but won't miss a Leicester game

Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs has been suspended for a week by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing after pleading guilty to striking London Irish forward Jamie Gibson with his knee.

Northampton winger Calum Clark

Northampton suspend winger Calum Clark indefinitely

Northampton have announced that they have suspended flanker Calum Clark from playing until further notice.

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer

'Justice has been done': singer P J Proby cleared of £47,000 benefits fraud

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer, has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence. Proby, 73, was acquitted on all nine counts after being accused of cheating the benefits system out of more than £47,000 by claiming he had just £5 in the bank.

PJ Proby fraud trial is stopped following new evidence

American-born pop singer PJ Proby has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence.

Charlie Hodgson: England No 10 has recovered from an injured finger to start for Saracens

Weekend Preview: Hodgson back to help weakened champions

Saracens v Northampton

Burglar given 22 years for OAP murder

A burglar who murdered a disabled pensioner while on licence for a string of street robberies has been ordered to serve at least 22 years behind bars.

Goode keeps his cool to shock Saracens

Saracens' hopes of finishing top of the Aviva Premiership were dealt a bitter blow last night when lowly Worcester pulled off a 16-11 win at Sixways, after the visitors had opened up an 8-0 lead.

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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
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
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
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