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The flanker Maggie Alphonsi hopes to play a major role in England’s bid for World Cup glory in France. England play in Pool A against Samoa on Friday, Spain on 5 August and Canada on 9 August. Alphonsi has won seven successive Six Nations titles but a World Cup honour has proved elusive.Read more
On 23 January 1973 on Heimaey, the largest of Iceland’s Westman Islands, a 1,600m-long fissure split open and began spouting molten red lava.Read more
Britain's Simon Yates has been withdrawn from the Tour de France after 15 stages of the 21-stage race.
Orica GreenEdge drafted in Yates on 1 July after Daryl Impey was suspended following a failed drugs test.Read more
Young Frenchman rises from doughy amateur to Tour de France leader.Read more
The Tour de France got a grand South Yorkshire welcome as 1.5 million people lined the streets - making it up to five million over the weekend, believe delighted bosses.Read more