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Apprentice: Tales has kept a close eye on Wilkinson

Tales wants French revenge on New Zealand

By Gavin Mortimer  AS TEST debuts go, they don’t come much tougher than the one endured by Remi Tales. The French fly-half replaced Frederic Michalak 64 minutes into the second…

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Match verdict: England 20-13 Australia

Firstly the good news. England needed to win and duly delivered, it was their eighth win in nine Test matches. That above all else was key as England continue to…

In the spotlight: O'Connor talks to the media with Brian Smith (left) at London Irish this week

Aviva Premiership One to Watch: James O’Connor

James O'Connor, the 23-year-old Australian utility back who joined London Irish this week and will make his debut for his new club against Northampton Saints at the Madejski Stadium on…

Turned a corner: Remi Tales

Is there an identity crisis for France?

The editorial in Monday’s edition of Midi Olympique pulled no punches. The national team is beset by a “gloomy lassitude”, declared the paper, brought on by a year in which…

Openside masterclass: Justin Tipuric has been in fine form

Five things we’ve learnt in Welsh rugby: October

Lazarus Syndrome is a medical condition where the patient is pronounced dead – whilst being very much alive. Having found themselves in a Heineken Cup group with Clermont Auvergne, Harlequins…

Continuing his impressive rise: Ben Mowen

Teams for England and Australia

The stage is set and the first test of the November campaign is almost here. Both Australia and England have named their starting line-ups for this Saturday at Twickenham. There…