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13hTom Hamilton

Ford and Farrell's battle for No.10 role heats up

England coach Stuart Lancaster has selected George Ford for Saturday's Test against Ireland, but he admits Owen Farrell is pushing hard to regain the fly-half spot at the Rugby World Cup.

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Samoa's Thompson banned for World Cup opener

Samoa will be without Kane Thompson for their opening Rugby World Cup game after lock was handed a two-match ban following his red card last Saturday.

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Ex-Wales international Harris leaves Salford

Iestyn Harris, who played for Wales at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, has departed Super League outfit Salford Red Devils, the club have announced.

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1dTristan Barclay

Injured duo miss out on Georgia selection

Zurab Zhvania and Giorgi Talakhadze to miss Rugby World Cup as head coach Milton Haig reveals his 31-man squad for the tournament.

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2dRob Bartlett

Georgia face anxious wait on injured duo

Coach Milton Haig sweating over conditions of prop Zurab Zhvania and young centre Giorgi Talakhadze following warm-up defeat in Newcastle.

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3dTom Hamilton

Samoa fail to shine at Olympic Stadium

Tom Hamilton discovers neither Samoa nor the Olympic Stadium are quite in tip-top shape ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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