Heineken Cup opening weekend proves it’s the best club cup competition in the world

There no bush to beat when it comes to deciding the world’s best club cup competition. The Heineken Cup, quite simply, rules supreme. Rugby union’s premier club tournament trumps World Series by a considerable margin, does a gloating merry jig

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Heineken Cup opening weekend proves it’s the best club cup competition in the world

There no bush to beat when it comes to deciding the world’s best club cup competition. The Heineken Cup, quite simply, rules supreme. Rugby union’s premier club tournament trumps World Series by a considerable margin, does a gloating merry jig

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Separated at Birth: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and Ryder Cup captain Mark James

Is it really any surprise that Greece is facing a huge debt crisis, wracked by political turmoil and may leave the Euro as a result? Not to Pope and Swift. It makes sense to us because their Prime Minister is Mark James,

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Separated at Birth: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and Ryder Cup captain Mark James

Is it really any surprise that Greece is facing a huge debt crisis, wracked by political turmoil and may leave the Euro as a result? Not to Pope and Swift. It makes sense to us because their Prime Minister is Mark James,

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David Gill is wrong, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson is the impossible task

Manchester United chief executive David Gill probably knows Sir Alex Ferguson pretty well. He’s been at the club first as a director and then as chief executive since 1997 (not as impressive as the Scotsman’s stint but a decent knock

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David Gill is wrong, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson is the impossible task

Manchester United chief executive David Gill probably knows Sir Alex Ferguson pretty well. He’s been at the club first as a director and then as chief executive since 1997 (not as impressive as the Scotsman’s stint but a decent knock

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Gatland must learn there is no honour in admitting he came close to cheating

In his own head, Warren Gatland got a standing ovation for telling the media that he came close to cheating against France but didn’t. Back slaps, high fives, dubbed the Mother Teresa of rugby, even granted a knighthood from the

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Gatland must learn there is no honour in admitting he came close to cheating

In his own head, Warren Gatland got a standing ovation for telling the media that he came close to cheating against France but didn’t. Back slaps, high fives, dubbed the Mother Teresa of rugby, even granted a knighthood from the

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Philipp Boy, the high bar gymnast showing the world how to conduct themselves in defeat

The World Gymnastics Championships having been taking place in Tokyo over the last ten days. This came to my attention yesterday afternoon as I embarked on one of those customary Sunday afternoon channel flicking sessions that end up making you feel

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Philipp Boy, the high bar gymnast showing the world how to conduct themselves in defeat

The World Gymnastics Championships having been taking place in Tokyo over the last ten days. This came to my attention yesterday afternoon as I embarked on one of those customary Sunday afternoon channel flicking sessions that end up making you feel

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Moody just the latest captain to underperform in the shadow of World Cup winner Johnson

To get an idea of Lewis Moody’s style of leadership, you just had to to be watching during halftime of the England versus Scotland match. Not on the dressing room pictures from Auckland, you’ll understand, but on the adverts. Because

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Moody just the latest captain to underperform in the shadow of World Cup winner Johnson

To get an idea of Lewis Moody’s style of leadership, you just had to to be watching during halftime of the England versus Scotland match. Not on the dressing room pictures from Auckland, you’ll understand, but on the adverts. Because

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Separated at Birth: Irish full back Jason McAteer and Bond villain Maximilian Largo

Pope and Swift, at times, can be quite lazy. We’re loathe to admit it but we like it when others do our job for us. You can imagine how pleased we were, then, when handed this excellent Separated at Birth on

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Separated at Birth: Irish full back Jason McAteer and Bond villain Maximilian Largo

Pope and Swift, at times, can be quite lazy. We’re loathe to admit it but we like it when others do our job for us. You can imagine how pleased we were, then, when handed this excellent Separated at Birth on

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Cavendish will get plaudits but World Championship victory belongs to Wiggins

It could easily have been a rehearsal speech for the BBC Sport Personality of the Year, albeit clad in lycra rather than a dinner jacket. Mark Cavendish, standing in front of countless cameras, making jokes about how he wanted to

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Cavendish will get plaudits but World Championship victory belongs to Wiggins

It could easily have been a rehearsal speech for the BBC Sport Personality of the Year, albeit clad in lycra rather than a dinner jacket. Mark Cavendish, standing in front of countless cameras, making jokes about how he wanted to

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Separated at Birth: Pumas captain Felipe Contepomi and Die Hard star Bruce Willis

Argentina were never going to win this morning’s 2011 Rugby World Cup group game after Felipe Contepomi went off. The fly-half departed injured midway through the first half against England in Dunedin having already put Argentina on their way to

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Separated at Birth: Pumas captain Felipe Contepomi and Die Hard star Bruce Willis

Argentina were never going to win this morning’s 2011 Rugby World Cup group game after Felipe Contepomi went off. The fly-half departed injured midway through the first half against England in Dunedin having already put Argentina on their way to

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How can people take the 2012 Paralympics seriously when its organisers make out it is a sideshow to the main event

On 27th July, not that many weeks ago, London celebrated the coming of the Olympic Gams.  ’365 days until the opening ceremony’, everyone wittered on excitedly. They tittered about the ever-vested Bolt and whether ‘Bladerunner’ (no longer a word reserved

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How can people take the 2012 Paralympics seriously when its organisers make out it is a sideshow to the main event

On 27th July, not that many weeks ago, London celebrated the coming of the Olympic Gams.  ’365 days until the opening ceremony’, everyone wittered on excitedly. They tittered about the ever-vested Bolt and whether ‘Bladerunner’ (no longer a word reserved

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Separated at Birth: New Zealand rugby brute Kieran Read and film funny man Seth Rogen

Tomorrow sees the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, a tournment that New Zealand should win comfortably. Coach Graham Henry has lost just 15 tests of the 96 he has presided over since taking over after 2007′s quarter final

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Separated at Birth: New Zealand rugby brute Kieran Read and film funny man Seth Rogen

Tomorrow sees the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, a tournment that New Zealand should win comfortably. Coach Graham Henry has lost just 15 tests of the 96 he has presided over since taking over after 2007′s quarter final

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Redknapp hoping England versus Wales is drab draw as he counts the days till top job is his

Returning to the wonderful world of sport writing today I feel a little like a nervous batsmen short of runs. Or perhaps a cautious central midfielder just returning from 9 months out with knee ligament damage. In both these cases

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Redknapp hoping England versus Wales is drab draw as he counts the days till top job is his

Returning to the wonderful world of sport writing today I feel a little like a nervous batsmen short of runs. Or perhaps a cautious central midfielder just returning from 9 months out with knee ligament damage. In both these cases

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