Conrad Smith of the All Blacks scores a late try against England despite Joe Marler’s best efforts  at Eden Park   in Auckland. Photograph:   Simon Watts/Getty Images

New Zealand 20 England 15 England slipped to a painful late defeat in their first Test against New Zealand knowing that a glorious opportunity (...)

England’s Luther Burrell  avoids the tackle of Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny to score his side’s second try during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

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England’s Ben Morgan. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

England have named Ben Morgan at number eight for Sunday’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown with Wales at Twickenham. Morgan has been pro(...)

England’s Danny Care goes over for England’s winning  try during the Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters 2:11

England 13 Ireland 10: By the smallest of margins are such games decided. Today, (...)

Chris Ashton of England has been dropped for the opening Six Nations fixture against France. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England have dropped Chris Ashton for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France in favour of uncapped Exeter wing Jack Nowell. Ashton was selected (...)

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(...)

England’s Ben Morgan runs in to score a try against Argentina   at Twickenham. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

England 31 Argentina 12England emerged comfortable 31-12 winners against Argentina at a subdued Twickenham, but another patchy performance in the QBE (...)

  Lee Dickson passes the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

England have selected Lee Dickson ahead of Ben Youngs at scrumhalf for Saturday’s opening autumn international against Australia at Twickenham.Dickson(...)

Munster’s Johne Murphy celebrates his try during the Heineken Cup clash against Gloucester at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)