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Is Wayne Rooney destined to become a Manchester United legend?

club metro opinion<p>For months, Manchester United fans have been criticising Wayne Rooney, claiming they want him out of the club.<p>When Rooney revealed …

Toby Flood taken to hospital with neck injury following serious foul play from Ulster's Dan Tuohy

England fly-half Toby Flood was rushed to hospital after being knocked out by a blow to the head from Dan Tuohy during a pre-season match between Leicester and Ulster on Saturday.<p>The Leicester captain was given oxygen as he lay unconscious on the Welford Road turf for several minutes before being …

Hales sets up comfortable win with 94

Alex Hales hit 94 to give England a strong platform for victory © Getty Images<p>Enlarge<p><i>England 195 for 5 (Hales 94, Ahmed 3-25) beat Australia 168 for</i> …

English rugby elite must forget fantasy and flex their muscles

It is rather fitting that the marquee signing about to appear in this season’s Aviva Premiership is Wales’s George North, who has moved to Northampton from the Scarlets.<p>For one of the most intriguing aspects of the season will be to gauge the influence of <b>Wales</b>’s modus operandi – Warren Gatland’s …

Aviva Premiership rugby season preview

Steve James gives his verdict on the new Premiership rugby season.<p><b>Bath</b><p><b>Last season</b> 7th. <b><br>Predicted finish:</b> 7th<p><b>In</b> Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson, Matt Garvey, David  Sisi (all London Irish), George Ford, Micky Young (both Leicester), Martin Roberts (Northampton), Leroy Houston (Colomiers), Juan Pablo …

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Geoff Parling emerged from the shadows a Lions legend and is now aiming for more glory with Leicester

Leicester had six British and Irish Lions in the summer. That in itself says enough about the Aviva Premiership champions.<p>However, it says even more that the least heralded of the six, the one many might not have chosen in the first place, ended up making the biggest impact. Strength in depth …

Austin Healey: make or break time for England and Saracens faltering player Chris Ashton

The England wing is one of five players who will be under real scrutiny in this Premership campaign.<p><b>Chris Ashton</b> <b><br>Saracens</b><p>Most pundits will pick out young players whom they will try to champion into position – it is almost like a competition at the start of most seasons – but more often than not it …

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