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England Women put Italy to the sword

England notched their second straight 10-try win in defence of their Women’s World Cup title by over-powering Pool A rivals Italy 56-13.

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British and Irish Lions' George North is tackled by Hurricanes' Mark Abbott

Lions let it slip

Hurricanes 31 British & Irish Lions 31

Rory Best refused to criticise referee Romain Poite after the British and Irish Lions were held to a 31-31 draw by the Hurricanes in Wellington.

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British and Irish Lions' Jack Nowell in action against Chiefs

Lions’ dirt-trackers clean up

Chiefs 6 British & Irish Lions 34

Rory Best insisted the British and Irish Lions drew the reaction demanded from their midweek team after the Chiefs were routed at Waikato Stadium.

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British and Irish Lions captain Ken Owens is tackled by Blues' Sonny Bill Williams (left) and Blake Gibson

Lack of discipline cost Lions dear says Owens

Auckland Blues 22 British & Irish Lions 16

Captain Ken Owens was left to lament a high error-count after the British and Irish Lions crashed to defeat against the Blues in Auckland.

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British and Irish Lions' Owen Farrell leaves the field at the end of the game during the tour match at the Toll Stadium, Whangarei

Sexton is defended by Gatland

Warren Gatland has insisted it would be “unfair” to write off Johnny Sexton’s challenge for a British and Irish Lions Test shirt after a wretched night in Whangarei.

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Massive challenge for Eddie Jones' men

England handed huge World Cup challenge

England have been handed a fearsome World Cup pool draw for the second successive tournament.

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England's Owen Farrell toured with the Lions four years ago

Farrell makes the Lions squad

Wigan’s Owen Farrell has been named in the Lions squad.

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Prince Williams with Sergeant Paul Banks in Afghanistan

Sergeant set for his big moment at Twickenham

When England’s rugby union side walk out at Twickenham to face South Africa on Saturday, the town’s influence on the occasion will be more than Owen Farrell’s boot.

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Pat Melling

Melling scores vital try to seal Wigan’s first win of the season

A first-half spell where the away side scored three tries in five minutes gave Wigan a long-awaited first win of the season 29-25 over Oswestry.

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O'Toole - collapsed playing cricket

Rugby shocked at death of scrum-half O’Toole

The Lancashire rugby union community is mourning the death of former Preston Grasshoppers and Fylde scrum half Chris O’Toole.

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England's Dylan Hartley

New faces...and old...in England squad

Dylan Hartley, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi have been named in England’s Elite Player Squad for the Six Nations, but the 33-man party includes a number of big-name omissions.

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Jonah Lomu pictured 'training in 2002

Tragedy of rugby’s true superstar

Tributes have poured in for former New Zealand rugby union international Jonah Lomu, who has died at the age of 40.

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LIVE: Rugby World Cup 2015

LIVE: Rugby World Cup 2015

Follow our Rugby World Cup feed live feed as we bring you match updates, videos, posts from our team of legends, and the best content from social media throughout the tournament.

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The Webb Ellis Trophy

15 things you might not know about the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup starts in a week’s time.

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Owen Farrell

Marsh backs young Farrell

OWEN Farrell’s elevation to the England squad has come as no surprise to those who remember him from his Wigan St Pat’s amateur days.

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Orrell smashed by Ashton

SOUTH LANCS CHESHIRE TWO

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Shevington Sharks V Leigh East.'North West Counties Division One, at St John Rigby College.'Roy Rimmer celebrates his hat-trick try for Shevington Sharks during their game against Leigh East.'Picture by Nick Fairhurst.

Sharks show their teeth

AFTER a 30-0 win last week over rivals Wigan St Patrick’s, Shevington Sharks continued their winning run with an equally impressive 36-6 home win over table-topping Leigh East.

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