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England quartet up for Six Nations award

Joseph was one of England's stand-out performers. Credit: PA

England have the biggest representation on a 12-strong shortlist announced by tournament organisers for this season's RBS 6 Nations player of the tournament.

Centre Jonathan Joseph, fly-half George Ford, scrum-half Ben Youngs and number eight Billy Vunipola all feature among the group.

England, despite beating France 55-35 two days ago, were pipped to the title by Ireland, with Wales finishing third.

Three Ireland players make the list - captain Paul O'Connell, centre Robbie Henshaw and scrum-half Conor Murray - together with Welshmen Alun-Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar, Scots Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray, and Italy captain Sergio Parisse.

Surprise omissions, though, include Wales captain Sam Warburton and his team-mate Leigh Halfpenny, plus France wing Yoann Huget.

Throughout the tournament, players were awarded (or deducted) points based on statistical performance across different categories.

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Artwork of England defeats could sell for up to £600,000

There have been many defeats. Credit: Sothebys

We all know that the England football team loses quite a lot, but do we need a constant reminder?

Apparently yes. This artwork created by Italian Maurizio Cattelan is set to go up for auction tomorrow and fetch between £400,000-£600,000.

The large piece, on black granite and made from MDF and steel, details all of England's defeats from 1874-1998 - starting with a 2-1 loss to Scotland and ending with that devastating defeat to Romania in the 1998 World Cup.

"Carved into it are all the defeats of England’s national football team. I guess it’s a piece which talks about pride, missed opportunities and death," says artist Cattelan in the Sotheby catalogue notes.

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One change for Ireland ahead of England clash

Jordi Murphy will replace the injured Jamie Heaslip for Ireland. Credit: PA

Ireland number eight Jordi Murphy will replace the injured Jamie Heaslip against England on Sunday in the only change to the champions side ahead of a potential Six Nations decider.

Heaslip cracked three vertebrae in Ireland's 18-11 victory over France two weeks ago in an incident that earned French lock Pascal Pape a 10-week ban, and Ireland hope he will be fit for their next game against Wales in Cardiff on March 14.

Teen pregnancy rates lowest since records began

UK teen pregnancy lowest since records began Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Rates of conception for under-18s in England and Wales are at their lowest since records began in 1969, new official figures show.

Pregnancy rates for women aged between 15 and 17 were 24.5 conceptions per thousand, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

  • The figures show a 13% drop in the estimated number of conceptions for women under 18 in 2013, down to 24,306 in 2013 compared with 27,834 in 2012.
  • For the under-16s, there was also a 14% drop in the number of conceptions - an estimate of 4,648 in 2013, compared with 5,432 in 2012.
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