‘Every player is treated differently’ – Eddie Jones explains Owen Farrell selection

OWEN FARRELL HAS been backed by Eddie Jones to make a successful comeback from ankle surgery in time to lead England into the Guinness Six Nations. Farrell has been retained as captain despite being sidelined since limping off against Australia last autumn with Saracens’ Challenge Cup clash with London Irish on Sunday earmarked for his … Read more

Six uncapped players named for England’s Six Nations training camp as big names miss out

OWEN FARRELL HAS been retained as England captain for the Six Nations but there are several big-name casualties in the training squad named for the opener against Scotland on 5 February. George Ford continues to miss out despite his outstanding form at the heart of Leicester’s revival with Farrell, Marcus Smith and uncapped Bath prospect … Read more

UK upper house votes to make misogyny a hate crime

The U.K.’s House of Lords voted Monday night to make misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales, in one of a series of defeats handed down by peers to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government. Categorizing misogyny as a hate crime passed the house by 242 to 185 votes. The bill will return to the … Read more

Huge Aussie Ashes blow

Beth Mooney has suffered a brokien jaw (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images) Superstar Australian batter Beth Mooney could miss the entire Ashes showdown with England after having her jaw broken at training. Mooney, the number one ranked T20 batter in the world, suffered the injury on Monday and will undergo surgery today. Her return date … Read more

MP calls for halt to declining midwife numbers as she announces she is pregnant

M ore needs to halt the declining numbers of midwives in England an MP has said as she announced she is pregnant with her second child. Conservative MP for Stroud Siobhan Baillie told the Commons that the number of midwives in England has “fallen year on year” due to the “mental anguish” facing the specialists. … Read more

‘Girl cricketers will have a thrilling time’: In 1934, the women’s Ashes was born

Peggy Antonio was only 17 years old when she stood in the middle of the Brisbane Exhibition Ground in December 1934. One could forgive the teenager for feeling overawed by the occasion. It was the maiden women’s Ashes, after all. Peggy Antonio was known as the “Girl Grimmett” in women’s cricket.(Supplied: Melbourne Cricket Club)She might have been young, but Antonio was … Read more

Vote on your favourite Women’s Ashes moment of all time

The Women’s Ashes was born in 1934, officially crowned in 1998 and exploded into colour in 2013 when it went from Tests only to a multi-format series.  Starting this week, Australia and England will do it all again, with three Twenty20s in Adelaide, the only Test in Canberra, and three one day internationals in Canberra and Melbourne. … Read more

Texas synagogue hostage-taker had ‘mental health issues,’ brother says

The brother of the UK man who took a rabbi and three congregants hostage at a Texas synagogue before being shot dead questioned how he was able to travel to the US – and said his sibling “was suffering from mental health issues.” Malik Faisal Akram, 44, held the victims captive Saturday while demanding the release of … Read more

Texas hostage-taker named as British citizen, UK police arrest 2

Officers cordoned off the area around the Texas synagogue as the hostage-taking unfolded The man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was identified by US authorities as a British citizen Sunday, while UK police later arrested two teens over an attack that President Joe Biden called an “act of terror.” Hours later, … Read more

England defeated in Fifth Test after promising chase dashed by desperate collapse

T here was a moment, not long before the tea break, when England fans naively allowed themselves to dream that their batting line-up could chase down 271 against this Australia attack, which has so tormented them all summer. England, especially Mark Wood, with career-best figures of six for 37, had worked mighty hard to keep … Read more