Dylan Hartley: will be looking to banish memories of the defeat to Ireland when England entertain Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This has not been a great week for English sporting self-esteem. At least Bangladesh are not going to beat them at rugby union but a first Scotland w(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  takes a high ball despite the attempts of England’s   Alex Goode to score a try during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images 6:46

Ireland 19 England 9A strangely comprehensive dismissal of England, to end a four game losing streak dating back to 2011, this will be remembered as t(...)

Ireland’s Shane Horgan scores a try against England at Croke Park  following a crossfield kick by  Ronan O’Gara. Photo: Alan Betson

Dust off the invasion klaxon. They’re coming. Thousands of them. Anglophiles we most certainly are not. Anglophobes, well, we used to be and will beco(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster shakes a joke with Jack Nowell during an England training session at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Exeter’s Jack Nowell is set to feature in England’s Six Nations match against Ireland as Stuart Lancaster seeks to nullify the home side’s kicking thr(...)

England head coach Stuart Lancaster. 0:50

So England are favourites for both the World Cup and the Six Nations Championship? Yes and no. They’re pretty chipper about winning when hostin(...)

Ireland Wolfhounds’ Keith Earls is tackled by England Saxons’ Sam Burgess during the match at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

It seems when rather than if he will make it to Stuart Lancaster’s England side. Players have come from league before Sam Burgess but few with the com(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland raises a smile whilst facing the media at the Wales RBS Six Nations Squad Announcement. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland has a remarkable Six Nations coaching record and his ability to chisel out a psychological edge is among his many talents. Naming his (...)

Billy Twelvetrees during an England training session held ahead of the Autumn Series clash against Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

This week’s sad news from Australia has reminded everyone that professional sport’s ups and downs are strictly relative. It does not ultimately matter(...)

New Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Thoughtful and meticulous for the most part in teasing out his answers, Simon Easterby cuts a relaxed figure in his first official media engagement si(...)

Saracens’ David Strettle dives over for a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Clermont at Allianz Park, London. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Saracens 30 Clermont Auvergne 23 England wings Chris Ashton and David Strettle propelled Saracens to a 30-23 bonus point victory over Clermont in thei(...)