If the Indian Premier League is to be a distraction for England's cricketers this year, it is unlikely to prove so during the third Test here.
Wales's injury problems are increasing ahead of their Six Nations opener in Dublin on Sunday.
Ireland are about to start their first Six Nations campaign without Brian O'Driscoll.
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England's caretaker coach, Stuart Lancaster, is set to name a matchday squad this week containing as many as 11 newcomers to the Six Nations.
Wales have tended to shatter images rather than moulds in the professional era.
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Tiger Woods has been struggling with his golf swing over the last two years but he has mastered the art of spin, effortlessly turning failure in something less hurtful to his battered spirits.
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Usain Bolt has said Tyson Gay should have been “kicked out of the sport” for doping and labelled the decision to reduce the American’s ban and reinstate him as “the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard”.