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England v Fiji – win tickets

WIN tickets to watch England v Fiji – courtesy of QBE

UPDATED:

12:48 GMT, 27 October 2012

Sportsmail has teamed up with QBE, the business insurance specialist, to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to England v Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday, November 10.

Five winners will each receive a pair of tickets for the match courtesy of QBE, official insurance partner of England Rugby.

QBE

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

Who is the current England coach
A) Andy Robinson
B) Stuart Lancaster
C) Martin Johnson

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

[email protected]

to arrive by 11am on Friday, November 2.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words QBE ENGLAND in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

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Jamie Donaldson up against Anthony Wall in Irish Open

Donaldson up against the Wall in last round Irish Open shoot-out

PUBLISHED:

17:28 GMT, 30 June 2012

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UPDATED:

17:31 GMT, 30 June 2012

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, winless in
244 European Tour starts, takes a one-stroke lead over England's Anthony
Wall, winless in his last 364, into the final round of the Irish Open
at Royal Portrush.

The pair have the same aim, but have taken a very different approach to the week.

While Donaldson is staying in a
boutique hotel which, according to the local tourist board, is 'a unique
accommodation experience' that 'sets a new standard' for the area, Wall
is in a caravan park.

Out in front: Jamie Donaldson heads the Irish Open

Out in front: Jamie Donaldson heads the Irish Open

'It's quite a posh caravan – it's got running water, it's got gas,' said the 37-year-old Londoner after battling wind and heavy rain for a brilliant 67 he described as 'probably the best round I've ever played'.

Wall is sharing with fellow player Andrew Marshall and explained: 'I didn't want to stay in town because it was going to be quite boisterous.

'I knew we would have a bit of fun and it's been nice to relax. Half the time you seem to be on your own and you're sort of killing time.'

With overnight leader Gregory Bourdy crashing to an 80 – it included a triple bogey eight on the 17th – Donaldson took over at the top with a 69.

In contention: Anthony Wall in action

In contention: Anthony Wall in action

Their records, though, still leave three-major winner Padraig Harrington as the title favourite.

The 2007 champion's 72 left him sharing third spot with Englishman Mark Foster, two behind, while Rory McIlroy is six back, Graeme McDowell eight behind and Open champion Darren Clarke nine adrift.

Donaldson has had no fewer than 32 top-10 finishes in his Tour career, but hopes his first-ever hole-in-one on the opening day was a sign of things to come.

'I've had a few chances, but at the end of the day I've not been good enough so far to stand on the last green holding the trophy,' said the 36-year-old.

'You've got to keep trying and it's one shot at a time, one hole at a time.

'The only person I am playing against, I suppose, is myself. I've got to stay out of my own way.

'Obviously Padraig is a class player, but it's me versus me really.'

While James Morrison won an 80,000 for his ace at the 14th Donaldson had to be content with a bottle of whisky and a ride-on plastic car for his baby son.

He could have the last laugh, however. First prize is over 267,000 and the title would mean the world to him.

Still favourite: Padraig Harrington is two shots back

Still favourite: Padraig Harrington is two shots back

After an opening bogey he eagled the long second from 10 feet, saved par from 20 feet at the fourth, then made birdie putts of 10 and 25 feet on the following two greens.

With conditions really tough – amazingly there was still a crowd in excess of 30,000 for the first Irish Open north of the border since 1953 – Wall caught him, but Donaldson edged back in front with another birdie at the 16th.

Wall had birdied three of the first four holes and then on the long ninth into the wind struck 'the best drive and three-wood I've ever hit'.

He found the elevated green, two-putted to turn in 32 and after running up a six on the 478-yard next added further birdies at the 11th and 17th.

There was a real danger the last might spoil his day when his drive bounced off a spectator into a bush, but after taking a penalty drop his seven-iron third shot finished just six inches from the flag and allowed him to escape with a par.

Wall's one Tour victory came in South Africa 12 years ago. He had only two full seasons on the circuit behind him at the time, but although he has earned over 5million and comfortably kept his card every year since then, 40 more top-10 finishes have not included any titles.

WIN McCoy"s Premier League Darts Final tickets

WIN tickets to see the McCoy's Premier League Darts Final at the O2 Arena

UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 15 May 2012

WIN tickets to see the McCoy's Premier League Darts Final at the O2 Arena

Sportsmail has teamed up with McCoy’s, the ultimate ‘man crisps’ and the official snack of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT Final of the McCoy’s Premier League Darts at the O2 Arena on Thursday, May 17.

WIN tickets to see the McCoy's Premier League Darts Final at the O2 Arena

McCoy’s is celebrating its sponsorship of the 2012 McCoy’s Premier League Darts and to win tickets, answer this simple question:

Which of these players will play Phil 'The Power' Taylor in Thursday’s second semi-final

A) James WadeB) Simon WhitlockC) Raymond Van Barneveld

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

[email protected]

to arrive by 11am on Wednesday, May 16.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words MCCOYS DARTS in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

McCoy’s are asking men all over the UK,
‘Are you Man Enough’ by giving ‘real men’ the chance to win tickets to
future McCoy’s Premier League Darts events plus the chance to win other
great Darts prizes.

To get involved, visit: www.mccoys.co.uk and step up to the McCoy's online darts challenge.

England v West Indies – win tickets

WIN tickets to watch England v West Indies at Lord's – courtesy of ASDA

UPDATED:

15:44 GMT, 10 May 2012

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Sportsmail has teamed up with ASDA to give two lucky readers the opportunity to watch England play the West Indies at Lord’s.

We have a pair of tickets to give away for day one and day two of the first Test on May 17 and 18.

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

Who is the West Indies captain
A) Dwayne Bravo
B) Darren Sammy
C) Chris Gayle

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

[email protected]

to arrive by 11am on Monday, May 14.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words ASDA CRICKET TICKETS in your subject box; the tickets do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

ASDA are proud to be entering their 7th year of sponsorship of the National Kwik Cricket competition. Their stores have handed out over 25,000 of healthy food and drink each summer at festivals to help a total of over 730,000 children get healthy and active through cricket to date. Go to www.asda.com/kwikcricket for more details.

Six Nations 2012: Alex Cuthbert reveals 19,000 wages… per year!

Wales hero Cuthbert reveals 19,000 wages… and that's per year, not week!

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 19 March 2012

Wales' try-hero Alex Cuthbert is in line for a huge pay-rise after his Six Nations heroics, but few would have imagined the 21-year-old is currently earning just 19,000 PER YEAR!

Many young footballers of similar age are already multi-millionaires, but not Cuthbert who drives a Renault Clio and lives in student accommodation.

His basic salary at Cardiff Blues is a paltry 5,000 per annum which is supplemented by the Welsh Rugby Union because of a contract with the sevens side by an extra 14,000.

Cashing in: Cuthbert is in line for a mush deserved pay rise

Cashing in: Cuthbert is in line for a mush deserved pay rise

But that all looks set to change after his emergence after his profile exploded during the successful Six Nations campaign.

Cuthbert will immediately receive 90,000 from his appearance fees and Grand Slam bonus and then he will enter contract negotiations with the Blues.

His new deal could be worth up to 100,000-per-year and that's before any he signs up for any endorsements.

Cuthbert was born and raised in Gloucester, but qualifies through his Welsh mother, Caroline, said: 'It's crazy how much everything has changed in such a short time.

'I could never have thought I would be scoring the winning try in a Grand Slam game six months ago. I was just expecting to train with the Blues' seniors.

Over the line: Cuthbert scored a vital try for Wales against France

Over the line: Cuthbert scored a vital try for Wales against France

Over the line: Cuthbert scored a vital try for Wales against France

'In terms of money and contracts it is life-changing. I will have to pay off my student loan and maybe try to buy a house.'

With the impressive Grand Slam success under their belt, the young Wales stars are looking to the future, but Cuthbert believes they have a large amount of work still to do.

'There is still a huge amount of development and learning to come from both the team and, of course, myself. Being in the Welsh environment has already upped my game, playing with world-class players like George (North).

'I do look up to George – even though he is only 19. We are still so young, as are many of the boys. As the years go by, we can only get better.'

The future's bright: Wales' young side delivered the Grand Slam in style

The future's bright: Wales' young side delivered the Grand Slam in style

WIN tickets to see West Bromwich v Newcastle

WIN tickets to see West Bromwich v Newcastle – courtesy of Barclays

UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 14 March 2012

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Sportsmail has teamed up with Barclays, title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see West Bromwich v Newcastle at the Hawthorns on Sunday, March 25.

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

What was the score when West Bromwich
won in this fixture last season
A) 1-0
B) 2-1
C) 3-1

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

[email protected]

to arrive by 3pm on Wednesday, March 21.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words BARCLAYS WEST BROMWICH in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

If you’re not successful, you can always win a pair by visiting your nearest Barclays ATM and requesting a receipt, or by going online to www.barclaysticketoffice.com – you don’t even have to be a Barclays customer.

Match tickets are up for grabs EVERY 90 minutes, every day, throughout the 2011/12 season.

Further information and terms and conditions are available from www.barclaysticketoffice.com

Fergie gagged! Premier League bosses banned from backing Redknapp for England job

Fergie gagged! Top managers banned from backing Redknapp for England job

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UPDATED:

01:12 GMT, 9 March 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that
Barclays Premier League managers have been gagged from endorsing Harry
Redknapp's England credentials.

Tottenham boss Redknapp has received widespread support from his Premier League colleagues to succeed Fabio Capello.

Ringing endorsement: Ferguson has backed Redknapp for England

Ringing endorsement: Ferguson says it's inevitable Redknapp will get England job

But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, angered by an apparent contravention of rules forbidding contracted managers being touted for other jobs, contacted the Premier League and requested that letters be sent to all top-flight bosses, reminding them of their responsibilities.

'I have had a letter from the Premier League telling me not to discuss the England job,' said Ferguson.

'Can you believe that I suppose it means that's me out of the running.'

Upset: Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy

Upset: Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy

England, meanwhile, are facing up to the prospect of launching their Euro 2012 campaign against France on June 11 in a near-empty stadium.

England have not sold their allocation for any of their three group games, with UEFA officials blaming extortionate hotel prices, logistical difficulties and the recession.

'France against England in Euro 2004 was the hottest ticket of the tournament,' said David Taylor, chief executive of UEFA events. 'Now we have them playing in Donetsk and neither France nor England have taken their ticket allocation.'

Fans can book a hostel in Donetsk on match night for 500 or stay more than 30 miles away for 240 in one-star accommodation.

WIN tickets to see Wales v Italy in the RBS 6 Nations

WIN tickets to see Wales v Italy in the RBS 6 Nations

Sportsmail has teamed up with RBS to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to Wales v Italy on Saturday, March 10.

The match is part of the penultimate weekend of the RBS 6 Nations – and it will be a fantastic atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium for the clash.

RBS RugbyForce

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

What was the score when Wales met
Italy in the 2011 RBS 6 Nations
A) 16-24
B) 18-26
C) 14-22

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

[email protected]

to arrive by 11am on Monday, March 5.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words RBS WALES in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

RBS is proud to support rugby at every level, from the RBS 6 Nations through to programmes like RBS RugbyForce.

As rugby fans will know, almost every player on the international stage started at a local club. Championship sponsor RBS is recognising this by helping local communities to make their rugby club a better place. RBS RugbyForce helps clubs to improve their facilities and build for the future through on-line tools, practical advice and a few incentives.

For more details, click here

Six Nations 2012: Ireland unhappy over France rescheduling

Kidney slams decision to stage rescheduled France clash on March 4

Declan Kidney has declared Ireland fans have been 'unfairly treated' by the decision to reschedule their match against France on Sunday, March 4.

The Six Nations council settled on the new date after the game was postponed shortly before kick-off on Saturday night due to a frozen pitch at the Stade de France.

While supporters are entitled to a full refund for match tickets, they are unable to recover the costs of transport or accommodation.

Frozen out: The match was called off with just minutes to go until kick-off

Frozen out: The match was called off with just minutes to go until kick-off

And Kidney believes restaging the game on a Sunday gives them little hope of returning to Paris.

'The management and team will get on with it, that's our job and we'll prepare in the best way possible,' the Ireland coach said.

'But I'm really disappointed for the supporters – they've been unfairly treated.

'You could feel the anguish around the stadium on Saturday night They've already forked out to go last Saturday and that was never going to be a day trip because of the 9pm kick-off.

'For supporters to have to do it at 4pm on a Sunday….I'm not sure how they'll manage. It's really awkward and will be extremely difficult for them.

'Can they afford to go again for the whole weekend I doubt it, not in these times.

Gutted: Ireland fans appeared close to tears following the announcement

Gutted: Ireland fans appeared close to tears following the announcement

'But then if you're fortunate to have work on Monday morning, how do you get home on Sunday night

'We've been really fortunate in how Irish fans support us and the provincial teams.'

The adjustment to schedule means Ireland must now play matches on four successive weekends, starting against Italy on Saturday week.

Kidney, however, refuses to consider the ramifications of a gruelling programme that will suit player-rich France better than the Irish.

'If you start looking at it as four in a row, you're looking at the whole picture,' he said.

'We need to focus on Italy, who improved against England. England only just managed to get the better of them.

Anger: French supporters show their disgust at the late decision

Anger: French supporters show their disgust at the late decision

'Time has shown that if you don't deal with what's in front of you, you won't have a good day.

'We were lucky to get the better of Italy with a last-minute drop goal in last year's Six Nations.'

Jonathan Sexton tweaked his thigh muscle on Friday and missed training on Wednesday, but Kidney is unconcerned by his fitness.

'Jonny could have played last Saturday, but one of the benefits of this break is that it's given him a couple of extra days to recover,' he said.

'It was prudent to leave him out of training today so that he could get it fully right. If he needed to he could gave trained.'

WIN QPR v Chelsea FA Cup tickets

WIN FA Cup tickets to see QPR v Chelsea – courtesy of Budweiser

WIN FA Cup tickets to see QPR v Chelsea - courtesy of Budweiser

Sportsmail has teamed up with Budweiser, lead partner for The FA Cup, to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see the fourth round tie between QPR and Chelsea at Loftus Road on Saturday January 28.

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

Which QPR player once played for Chelsea
A) Shaun Wright-Phillips
B) Danny Gabbidon
C) Paddy Kenny

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

[email protected]

to arrive by 3pm on Wednesday, January 25.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words FA CUP QPR in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

Competition is open to over 18’s and UK residents only

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