Saracens celebrate Billy Vunipola’s bonus-point try at the end of the European Champions Cup game at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster 9 Saracens 27 Well beaten by a superior force. Here we witnessed a fate that may continue to befall the provinces in major Champions Cup games (...)

England head coach Stuart Lancaster (centre), backs coach Andy Farrell (left) and forwards coach Graham Rowntree. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

England are being investigated for an alleged breach of protocol in communications with matchday officials during Saturday’s 33-13 defeat to Australia(...)

Chris Robshaw of England catches the lineout ball before being bundled into touch by Welsh players during the World Cup Pool A match at Twickenham on September 26th. photograph: mitchell gunn/getty

The captain wearing the number seven jersey had a decision to make. His side were three points down with not long to go and had just been awarded a pe(...)

England’s Jonathan Joseph looks set to return against Australia. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England centre Jonathan Joseph has recovered from a chest injury and is fit to play in the crucial Rugby World Cup Pool A game against Australia, Bri(...)

Scott Williams leaves England’s Mike Brown and Sam Burgess trailing in his wake at Twickenham. Burgess showed all the attributes of his rugby league background in what was England’s biggest game for eight years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I only started playing centre in 2004. It took until the 2007 World Cup before I felt properly attuned to the nuances of the position and comfortable (...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

 England coach Stuart Lancaster has taken a big risk by omitting outhalf George Ford for the vital clash with Wales.  Photo:  David Rogers/Getty

Three quarters of the way through England’s opening game against Fiji, Stuart Lancaster made a huge call. On 62 minutes he summoned his quarter back a(...)

 Owen Farrell has been chosen to start at outhalf  ahead of team-mate  George Ford for England against Wales. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster realised on Thursday that there are no easy rides as England coach, not after a match and now, not even before the match has taken p(...)

Fiji scrumhalf Nikola Matawalu drops the ball agonisingly short of the line after a blistering run down the right wing. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

England 35 Fiji 11 The final scoreline misrepresents the performances of both teams, flattering England somewhat and taunting Fiji, but what it does a(...)

Jonathan Joseph will start in England’s midfield for their opening World Cup game against Fiji on Friday night. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sam Burgess will be a replacement in England’s Rugby World Cup opening fixture against Fiji on Friday as Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged side from(...)