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England to face New Zealand and Australia in 2018 as autumn internationals announced

England will complete a four-year wait to face New Zealand when they clash with the world champions at Twickenham next year. The fixture has been confirmed, by the Rugby Football Union, for November 10 and is the highlight of a mouth-watering 2018 autumn series that also features matches against South Africa, Japan and Australia. “We will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap between us and the All Blacks,” head coach Eddie Jones said. The composition of the 2018 Old Mutual Wealth…

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Anthony Joshua admits 'massive' disappointment after Wladimir Klitschko announced retirement

Anthony Joshua has revealed the “massive” sense of disappointment he felt when Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement and ended their plans for a rematch in Las Vegas. The IBF and WBA heavyweight champion had been expected to defend his titles against Klitschko in a lucrative match-up at the T-Mobile Arena on November 11. Klitschko’s unexpected announcement, at the age of 41 following his stoppage defeat by Joshua at Wembley, surprised the boxing community as much as Joshua, particularly as he believes the Ukrainian had more to give. Immediately after April’s…

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James Bond 25: New film announced – but where's Daniel Craig?

The 25th James Bond film will be released on 8 November 2019, producers have confirmed. The currently-untitled movie will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked on the last six films. But it has not yet been announced whether Daniel Craig will return to play Bond for the fifth time. The BBC understands the actor has not yet signed a contract, but The New York Times reports his return to the role is a “done deal”. Bond 25 will be produced by Michael G Wilson and Barbara…

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HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds branch of HS2 will be announced later, including a decision over its path through Sheffield. Contracts worth £6.6bn will also be awarded for work on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham. The transport secretary said HS2 would “drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands”. But critics say the project will damage the environment and is too expensive. The first trains are not expected to run until 2026. The decision over its…

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Southampton FC news: Stuart Taylor signs new one-year deal…and it is brilliantly announced by the club

Southampton: The Premier League club have extended Stuart Taylor’s contract Thursday, July 13, 2017 In a summer of over elaborate transfer announcement videos, Southampton have possibly done the best so far. As the window hots up, clubs have been battling not just for signatures but to see who can unveil names in the most creative way. Sides have used the likes popular video game FIFA, Snapchat and fans to announce players and Saints decided to give the trend a sarcastic twist. Announcing a new one-year deal for veteran back-up keeper…

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Contaminated blood scandal inquiry announced

An inquiry will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister has confirmed. It will establish the causes of the “appalling injustice” that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. NHS patients were given blood products that were infected with diseases, such as hepatitis C and HIV. Families of those who died will be consulted about what form the inquiry should take. It could be a public Hillsborough-style inquiry or a judge-led statutory inquiry, Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed. The prime…

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Mamma Mia sequel announced with original cast

Ten years after the release of Mamma Mia, studio executives are taking a chance on the sequel to the smash musical hit. Super troupers Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth are set to reprise their roles. The songs of Abba will also be back to provide a fresh soundtrack, featuring some songs which did not make it in to the original. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is scheduled for release in July 2018. The first film was based on a Broadway musical, but its successor is…

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