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World War One: Wilfred Owen and the pain of the last deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Military funeral corteges were a common sight for communities during World War One On 11 November 1918, as news of the end of World War One spread across the world, the parents of Wilfred Owen received notice that their son had been killed in action. The second lieutenant, who would become known as one of England’s greatest war poets, had died while trying to lead his men across a canal at Ors seven days earlier. He was one of thousands of servicemen killed in…

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Owen Farrell: England fly-half ‘doesn’t get same protection from referees’, says Eddie Jones

Owen Farrell has taken part in tailored fitness sessions this week as England prepare to face the All Blacks England v New Zealand Venue: Twickenham. Date: 10 November. Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (build-up from 14:30) and live text commentary on BBC Sport website. Highlights on BBC Two at 19:30 GMT. England head coach Eddie Jones believes “warrior” co-captain Owen Farrell does not get the same protection from referees as other fly-halves. Farrell picked up a hip injury in Saturday’s win over South Africa…

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England v New Zealand: Owen Farrell clear to face All Blacks

Owen Farrell’s controversial 84th minute tackle on South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen has split opinion England’s Owen Farrell is clear to face New Zealand next week after avoiding any disciplinary action for his 84th minute tackle against South Africa. The citing commissioner decided it did not meet the red card threshold, which is required for a citing. During the game, which England won 12-11, the tackle on Andre Esterhuizen was sent to the television match official. The TMO and referee Angus Gardner ruled it was not too high, and Farrell had…

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Wilfred Owen: Bugle marks centenary of war poet’s death

Image copyright PA Image caption Grace Freeman from the Wilfred Owen Association with the bugle the poet took from a dead German soldier The centenary of the death of World War One poet Wilfred Owen was marked on Sunday with the sounding of a bugle he took from the battlefield. The instrument was played at his graveside in Ors, northern France. Elizabeth Owen, the widow of his nephew Peter, was among those who attended the “moving” ceremony. Owen died on 4 November 1918, seven days before peace was declared. Wreaths…

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Owen Farrell: England fly-half admits nerves over late tackle review

Highlights: England 12-11 South Africa: England edge topsy-turvy match Owen Farrell has admitted he did not know how the referee would rule on the huge 84th-minute tackle that sealed England’s 12-11 win over South Africa. Farrell’s crunching hit on Andre Esterhuizen was reviewed by the video official after England had kicked the ball dead to seemingly end the game. Referee Angus Gardner decided Farrell was not too high and made enough effort to wrap his arms in the collision. “Of course,” Farrell replied when asked if he was nervous during…

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England v South Africa: Owen Farrell at fly-half, Manu Tuilagi on bench

Farrell has only made three previous starts at fly-half for England under coach Eddie Jones England v South Africa Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday 3 November Time: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app; watch highlights on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online from 19:30 GMT. England co-captain Owen Farrell starts at fly-half in Saturday’s Test against South Africa at Twickenham. Ben Te’o is at inside centre, despite playing fewer than 30 minutes for Worcester this season. Blind-side Brad Shields and Mark…

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Cerebral palsy sufferer Jade Owen helped by anonymous donor

Image caption Jade Owen underwent spinal surgery in America to help stop spasticity A 20-year-old woman with cerebral palsy is finding her feet after an anonymous donor helped fund her bid for spinal surgery in America. Jade Owen has spent years trying to raise funds for treatment, and received just over £37,000 towards her cause earlier this year. Jade, who lives in Bridgend, is now able to walk with assistance. She said: “I would like to say a massive thank you for such an amazing and generous donation. “Without the…

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Michael Owen: Ex-England striker opens up about injuries

Michael Owen injured his anterior cruciate ligament on England duty in 2006 Former England striker Michael Owen says he “hated” playing football late in his career because injuries had left him “petrified”. Owen won the Ballon d’Or in 2001 when at Liverpool, and scored 222 goals in a 17-year club career that ended in 2013. But he says injuries forced him to change his game, a process which began when he tore his hamstring aged 19, leading to five months out. “Once I did it once I was gone really,”…

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England tour: Owen Farrell will put own stamp on team – Eddie Jones

Farrell needs to remain ‘aggressive’ as captain – Jones England tour of South Africa 1st Test: Saturday, 9 June in Johannesburg (kick-off 16:05 BST) 2nd Test: Saturday, 16 June in Bloemfontein (kick-off 16:05) 3rd Test: Saturday, 23 June in Cape Town (kick-off 16:05) Coverage: Live text coverage on BBC Sport website and app England head coach Eddie Jones has praised new captain Owen Farrell, saying he is a “winner” who will put his own stamp on the team. Fly-half Farrell has replaced Dylan Hartley as skipper for next month’s South…

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