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(...)

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(...)

Wales’ Gareth Davies dives in to score his side’s try in the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

England 25 Wales 28 Somehow, it actually lived up to the hype and the seismic sense of occasion. Maybe even bettered it. There’s bravery, and t(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell gets over for a try during the second half of the World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 13 The result may not have been terribly important but while this was the restorative win which was prescribed for England, it was (...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

Sorcha asks me if I’d be interested in going to Lecky Picky this year. She actually calls it that as well? I’m like, “Yeah, whatever,” barely even (...)

Stuart Lancaster has defended his omission of overseas-bades players from England’s 50-man World Cup training squad. Photograph: PA

Stuart Lancaster has defended the omission of overseas-based players from his World Cup training squad by arguing their selection would only weaken th(...)

England  get held up just short of the try line in the dying seconds of the  Six Nations  match against France at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

England 55 France 35England fell short of being crowned Six Nations champions for the first time under Stuart Lancaster despite toppling France 55-35 (...)

England prop Mako Vunipola expects Six Nations battle to run to the very wire. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England prop Mako Vunipola will be gripped by anticipation as Saturday’s decisive RBS Six Nations clash with France nears its climax, knowing he could(...)

Courtney Lawes is back in the England team for the game against Scotland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have recalled lock Courtney Lawes and fullback Mike Brown for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash with Scotland.Lawes makes his first internation(...)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01:  Conor Murray of Ireland clears the ball upfield under pressure from George Kruis of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The debate continues, if not exactly rages, as to whether Ireland’s style of play will be good enough to win a World Cup. This in turn begs another qu(...)