Danny Cipriani of England breaks clear with the ball during the match between the Crusaders and England at the AMI Stadium. Photograph by David Rogers/Getty Images

England registered a first victory on their tour of New Zealand with Danny Cipriani pressing his claim against a weakened Crusaders for a place on the(...)

Bath’s Peter Stringer is unable to prevent Northampton’s Ben Foden from scoring a try during the Amlin Cup final in Cardiff last night. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Northampton 30, Bath 16: Stephen Myler’s relentless goal-kicking accuracy shot down Bath and gave Northampton Amlin Challenge Cup final glory at Cardi(...)

England’s Mike Brown celebrates his try against Scotland in the Six Nations match at Murrayfield. It was the fullback’s second try in successive games in the competition. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Try-scoring fullbacks are among rugby union’s most valuable assets. From Serge Blanco and Andy Irvine to Israel Folau and Israel Dagg, there i(...)

Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach talks to the media prior to a training session held at St George’s Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster is preparing England to face the RBS 6 Nations’ most complete side when Ireland visit Twickenham on Saturday week. Paul(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw in action against Toulouse in their  Heineken Cup match at Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. Connacht backs have benefited from the solid platform provided by the pack. Photograph: Inpho

Schadenfreude has never entered my sporting mind especially when watching the vanquished. That is until Northampton Saints injured fullback Ben Foden’(...)

Northampton Saints flanker Calum Clark has the height of respect for Leinster but is determined to gain some measure of revenge on Saturday for their Heineken Cup final defeat of 2011 against them. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s Houston in high summer and the youngest Irish side in half a century are inching towards America’s 22. Isaac Boss feeds Ian Madigan and the outha(...)

England’s Marland Yarde is to undergo surgery on a hip injury. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England wing Marland Yarde could miss the entire Six Nations as he requires surgery to repair a torn hip tendon.The London Irish flyer suffered the in(...)

New Zealand’s Dan Carter will make his 100th appearance for the All Blacks on Saturday

All things going to plan, Dan Carter’s 100th test match for New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday will not be the last time he plays for the team at E(...)

Dylan Hartley, along with Ben Foden, Billy Twelvetrees, Chris Ashton, David Wilson and Lee Dickson, will be  desperate to improve their chances of starting against the All Blacks. Photograph: Getty Images

ROBERT KITSONAmid all last week’s sepia-tinted celebrations of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup victory it was Martin Johnson, their erstwhile captain, (...)

England’s Chris Ashton in action against Australia at Twickenham.

One of Stuart Lancaster’s key targets is for his England side to be sitting in second place in the world rankings by next September. It could happen a(...)