Owen Farrell leaves the pitch after getting a yellow card against  Australia. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

“Getting better.” “Learning process.” “Hard lessons learned.” None of it seemed to wash for Andy Farrell at the England base in Bagshot. The former p(...)

Japan’s head coach Eddie Jones would be interested in the England job. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie Jones is open to an approach from the Rugby Football Union about coaching England but thinks incumbent Stuart Lancaster deserves a fair review f(...)

Australia’s players attend a training session at Dulwich College in London. Photograph: Getty Images

Clive Woodward is confident England can beat Australia at Twickenham on Saturday, claiming Michael Cheika’s side are “not the brightest team”. The Ru(...)

Fireworks light up the sky during the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Up and running, just the 47 games to go. It won’t be over until October 31st, so spare a thought for Judge Judy fans who’ll be irked by the sight o(...)

Jonny Wilkinson’s last minute dropgoal won England the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

In the year leading up to the 2003 World Cup England had done something no other side had achievedbefore and beaten all of the other major nations. In(...)

File photograph of hurler Padraig Breheny taking part in DCU tests. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Elite sportsmen and women could be all around us, according to new research presented at the British Science Festival. “Some people from the general (...)

Jonah Lomu swatted away white shirts to score another stunning try against England in Pool B of the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

England’s game against New Zealand in Pool B of the 1999 World Cup wasn’t a must-win, but for both sides life would be far easier down the line if the(...)

Jannie de Beer drops his fourth of five goals against England in the 1999 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Photograph: Getty

It would be fair for England to consider themselves world rugby’s drop-goal connoisseurs. In 1991 they beat Scotland by a point to reach the World Cu(...)

“Kicking is also part of the game I get confidence from. There’s no doubt if I am kicking well it lifts other parts of my game,” says Ireland’s Ian Madigan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a part of the game so available to eyes, the kicker’s personality has always been split. Often more important than scoring tries, kicking has beco(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: his hope is that  Brianodriscoll.com will attract about 100,000 monthly unique visitors. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

It’s the next stage in the life of “brand Brian”. Former rugby professional Brian O’Driscoll has launched a new website www.brianodriscoll.com wher(...)