Mark Orlovac

Cueto gets the nod (47)

Paris – Luckily, I hadn’t finished my "England call on Hipkiss" feature for today.

The fact that I had even started thinking about writing it shows that for the umpteenth time over the last few weeks, I have been pretty presumptuous about this England team.

It was widely assumed that Dan Hipkiss, the strong-running Leicester outside centre, would be named in the side for Saturday’s World Cup final against South Africa following the cruel injury to wing Josh Lewsey.

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Ben Dirs

France, je t'aime (102)

Paris - “Capture the atmosphere in Paris,” cry the emails from the bosses back in Blighty.

Well, on the Wednesday before England play South Africa in the World Cup final, Paris is as Paris always is.

Lots of pretty women smoking and nibbling on croissants, lots of big-haired men looking magnificent in expensive sports jackets and shades. And not a Zulu-era Red Coat in sight.

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