Lifestyle 

Welsh singer and entertainer Max Boyce: Where is he now?

He hosted his own BBC TV series in the late 70s/early 80s and has performed sell-out shows around the world. Max, 74, lives in his hometown of Glynneath, South Wales, and is married to Jean, with whom he has two daughters and two granddaughters. Max begins his 2018 tour next week. “My parents had only been married for three years when my father died in a mining tragedy. “It was six weeks before I was born, which was very difficult for my mother. I was their only child.” “I followed…

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World Rugby and Bill Beaumont face backlash after France named 2023 host

World Rugby was left embarrassed and in disarray on Wednesday night after France was announced as the surprise host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, prompting accusations of horse-trading and a power struggle at the heart of the sport’s governing body. The outcome of the secret ballot casts a huge shadow over World Rugby’s decision to commission a painstaking evaluation report, which last month recommended South Africa as the “clear leader”, only for its council to throw its weight behind France two weeks later. It is also a devastating blow…

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Bravo, France, but at what cost to rugby’s transparency and integrity? | Robert Kitson

It is worth keeping in mind on these occasions that rugby union usually strikes gold with its World Cup hosting decisions. Australia proved a runaway success in 2003 despite New Zealand’s de-selection as co-host, France staged a grand tournament four years later, an entire nation of rugby-mad Kiwis rose to the logistical challenge in 2011 and the record sums generated by England 2015 were matched only by the intense interest levels. Japan will be next up in two years’ time, offering Asia a deserved slice of the action. And now,…

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Sport 

France win shock vote to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

France is toasting the announcement that it will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after being named the surprise winner of a secret World Rugby council ballot in London on Wednesday. The bid beat off competition from the preferred hosts, South Africa – who play France in Paris on Saturday – and Ireland, having received the nomination after a second round of voting was required. The World Rugby chairman, Bill Beaumont, who announced France as the winners, said: “Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World Cup 2023 host. They…

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England vs Argentina: Eddie Jones names team for Twickenham test

England beat Argentina twice with an under-strength side on their summer tour. Seven players – Mike Brown, George Ford, Dylan Hartley, Nathan Hughes, Chris Robshaw, Henry Slade and Sam Underhill – retain their place from the side that started the 35-25 win in Sante Fe. But Jones has brought Lions Dan Cole, Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Courtney Lades, Ben Youngs, Jonathan Joseph, Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson back into the starting side.  “As a squad we have been preparing for this game since our first camp in August and are…

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Carabao Cup draw: Why are Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson doing the draw?

And that decision has led to bemusement among plenty of football fans across the world. Tufnell previously turned out for the England cricket team and is now best known for being a team captain on A Question Of Sport. Dawson, meanwhile, won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003 and joins Tufnell on the BBC’s long-running quiz show. The Football League say the reason Tufnell and Dawson have been picked to conduct the draw is because they are “British sporting royalty”. CARABAO CUP DRAW LIVE STREAM The draw itself…

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England rugby squad announcement LIVE: Eddie Jones names Autumn Internationals group

Jones looked as though he might be without captain Dylan Hartley for some if not all of the matches after he was cited for striking Rabah Slimani in the face during Northampton Saints clash with Clermont Auvergne. However, the skipper was yesterday cleared without further punishment – but his front-row partner Joe Marler was not so lucky. The prop was handed a three-week suspension for the use of a forearm on Wasps’ Will Rowlands which means he will miss both Australia and Argentina clashes. No 8 Nathan Hughes also received…

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Rugby World Cup 2023 bids kick-off with Ireland, France and South Africa looking to host

Three into one does not go and the rival candidates were tripping over themselves into a desperate last effort to schmooze and charm the governing body into handing over the keys to the sport’s showpiece event. Brian O’Driscoll was there for Ireland, Sebastian Chabal for France and Francois Pienaar for South Africa in the hope of persuading World Rugby that their case was the best. A recommendation will be made next month which will be rubber-stamped in November as to who will follow Japan as the next hosts. Ireland, having…

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