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

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 Richie McCaw celebrates with his New Zealand teammates after their win over England. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

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Toulon’s Matt Giteau scores a try despite the tackle of Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth during the Heineken Cup Final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

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Owen Farrell of Saracens celebrates after scoring the third try of  the Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

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Ulster’s Jared Payne collides Alex Goode of Saracens at Ravenhill. Photograph: Brian Little/Presseye/Inpho

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 England head coach Stuart Lancaster is all set to pick the same XV for the Ireland Six Nations game at Twickenham as started against France and then Scotland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

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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 (...)

 Connacht team look on after conceding another try against Saracens. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images
Connacht bow out with a whimper
  • Rugby
  • January 18, 2014, 16:18

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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 (...)

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, (...)