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

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe felt Jared Payne should have been shown a yellow card instead of a red but praised his side for battling through wit(...)

 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

It is a remarkable fact England have not named an unchanged team in three successive Six Nations games for 14 years. That long(...)

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

Saracens 64 Connacht 6: Connacht suffered their worst ever Heineken Cup defeat as Saracens crushed Pat Lam’s side to make sure of their place in the(...)

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, (...)

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(...)


England captain Chris Robshaw: ‘We were a little bit rusty against Australia and combinations weren’t as smooth as they potentially would be after two or three games’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

England captain Chris Robshaw has challenged his team to run Argentina off their feet on Saturday and show they can attack as well as they defended ag(...)

England’s Owen Farrell scores a try against Australia  at Twickenham in London. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

England 20 Australia 13England launched a year described by head coach Stuart Lancaster as “defining” with a spirited 20-13 victory over Australia at(...)

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe: the 27-16 defeat to Saracens at Twickenham in April looms large over his first season in Belfast. Photograph: Getty Images

It has been a respectable opening gambit from a coach that had the spine of his team stripped away in November and again this spring. Bu(...)

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