Worcester off to Goode start with win over Sale

Worcester Warriors 17 Sale Sharks 12

All unquiet on home front in shadow of the global contest

The Premiership kicks off today with many clubs missing key players at the World Cup - and coaches fearing blood on the carpet

Hill chilled for Worcester's return to 'madhouse'

Worcester had a taste of the World Cup last Tuesday night when Argentina came to Sixways, watched by the scouting England team manager, Martin Johnson, and his coaches. But while Johnson and the Pumas will soon be facing off in New Zealand, the points earned during the opening six Aviva Premiership matches are exercising the mind of Worcester coach Richard Hill as his promoted club returns to the top division.

Lives Remembered: Dr Robin Steel

My father Dr Robin Steel, a GP from Worcester who served for 15 years as a member of the General Medical Council and pioneered the postgraduate teaching of family doctors in the West Midlands, has died after a long and courageous battle against debilitating illness. He was 78.

A historic waterway unlocked

This Friday, the full length of the Droitwich Canal re-opens after a multi-million pound restoration project. Simon Calder charts a watery course through the Midlands

Misys shares soar as it confirms takeover bid

Misys, a leading supplier of software to the banking industry, saw its market value soar to nearly £1.5bn after it revealed a takeover approach.

Kitchener gets call for Saxons' final

England Saxons have made three changes for tomorrow's Churchill Cup final against Canada at Sixways.

Leicester 'thrilled' to sign young trio

Leicester have confirmed the signings of prop Kieran Brookes, lock Graham Kitchener and scrum-half Micky Young.

Man remanded on Becky Godden-Edwards murder charge

A taxi driver appeared in court today charged with the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards.

Worcester repel bold Pirates to rejoin elite

Worcester 25 Cornish Pirates 20

Universities slam Willetts' 'cut-price' degrees scheme

Higher education officials fear that students may hold off from accepting places at universities in anticipation of a degree 'fire-sale'

Powell offered one more chance as part of Sale rebuilding

Andrew Powell, the international No 8 sacked by Wasps after brawling with a group of football supporters in a Shepherd's Bush bar and finishing a distant second, has secured a two-year contract with Sale, who are rebuilding their squad after confirming the departure of 21 players earlier this week. The deal, finalised yesterday, gives the Welshman a second bite at a Premiership career that looked to have turned sour on him.

Worcester's play-off ordeal reignites relegation debate

They won the Championship by a mile but if they lose to Pirates nobody gets promoted. Chris Hewett asks if there is a better way

Neil Back quits as Leeds head coach

Neil Back has resigned as Leeds Carnegie head coach after conceding he had taken the Yorkshire club as far as he could.

Ruck and Maul: Entertainers and allsorts make our tasty team of the season

This being the time of year for picking favourite XVs, Ruck and Maul is happy to chip in with a team of the 2010-11 season.

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