Kieran Marmion: “Joe doesn’t really take any backward steps. When you are in here you really have to know what is going on. You have to know the detail. They won’t wait for you. That certainly does take some getting used to. You have to adapt quickly or else you get left behind.”

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Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has been called up to Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad for their Six Nations opener against Wales. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

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Munster’s Paul O’Connell, Simon Zebo and Ronan O’Mahony after the Pool 1 Champions Cup loss to Saracens at Allianz Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

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 Munster head coach Anthony Foley after the 33-10 Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

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 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley passes the ball as Saracens’ Owen Farrell moves in. The two sides meet again this weekend in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

If it’s January in Europe then Munster have to be fighting for their lives. However, even by their standards, Munster are in a particularly tricky pic(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens. Vunipola will be one of Munster’s main challenges when they face Saracens at Allianz Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“They are demanding . . . not necessarily demanding of the finest rugby skills but they are demanding of passion . . . They want to see you wear your (...)

 Semesa Rokoduguni passes the ball during an  England training session earlier this week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing for Saturday’s test against New Zealand at Twickenham. The uncapped Rokoduguni, a servin(...)

Toulon’s  Romain Taofifenua and Ulster’s Tommy Bowe compete for a loose ball  during the  Champions Cup clash at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

I notice Law 10.4 (c) is back in the picture where a player must not kick an opponent. It’s not the first time a secondrow got his timing wrong but(...)