Saracens’ Billy Vunipola in action against Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

England number eight Billy Vunipola has been replaced by Thomas Waldrom in the squad preparing for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia beca(...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw scores his side’s second try against England  despite the attempts of Dylan Hartley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England 21 New Zealand 24England’s ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year’s World Cup was crushed by a losing start to their aut(...)

Joe Launchbury, who replaces the injured Geoff Parling in the third test against the All Backs, catches the ball during the England captain’s run at the Waikato Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s prospects of departing New Zealand with a precious All Blacks scalp have dwindled after Geoff Parling was ruled out of the climax to the ser(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony runs over Andrew Coombs of Wales in Six Nations clash on February 8th. O’Mahony  is credited with winning seven turnovers for Ireland, more than any other player, after three rounds of the competition. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After round three of the Six Nations Championship, Ireland is not only on top of the table with better points than the five other sides, but are al(...)

England’s Danny Care goes over for England’s winning  try during the Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters 2:11

England 13 Ireland 10: By the smallest of margins are such games decided. Today, (...)

Coach Joe Schmidt braves the rain during Ireland’s  training session at Carton House  prior to the squad’s  departure for London. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho 3:39

Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad beat a hasty retreat from their Carton House base in Kildare yesterday after fulfilling their media obligations in (...)

Devin Toner (centre) gives Paul O’Connell a piggyback during Ireland training at Carton House, Maynooth, yesterday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Near the end of Paul O’Connell’s rare but welcome presence among reporters he was asked about an entirely different type of huddle than what surrou(...)

England centre Luther Burrell scores a first-half try during the  Six Nations match against Scotland  at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Scotland 0 England 20: England successfully handled an appalling Murrayfield pitch to complete a comfortable Six Nations victory over Scotland that wa(...)

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 (...)