Billy Vunipola makes a break at the Aviva Stadium. James Crombie/Inpho

15 Alex GoodeHe carried more ball (18) than anyone else and made more metres (136) but struggled a bit in the air. Mike Brown’s absence was noticeable(...)

Ireland hooker Rory Best at lineout training ahead of Sunday’s match against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:06

Although changes are sure to be minimal, the Irish coaching staff may just have had a little more discussion than might have seemed likely after their(...)

Jared Payne and Cian Healy in conversation after a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Alex Connolly/Inpho 3:06

Cian Healy sighs what seems like a belly full of air and screws up his face. His last full game of rugby, well, it’s not really somewhere he wants to (...)

Alex Goode is poised to start at fullback should Mike Brown fails to prove his fitness. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s strength in depth is best exemplified by Tom Wood, Courtney Lawes and Geoff Parling being released to their clubs to prove form and fitne(...)

Leinster’s scrum coach Marco Caputo sees Cian Healy as a unique specimen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo sees Ireland’s Cian Healy as the last man England tight-head Dan Cole will want to see on Sunday.“His bogey man seem(...)

Danny Cipriani has been named on the bench for England’s Six Nations opener. Photograph David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter on the bench for Friday night’s RBS Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff.Cipriani provides ou(...)

Sale outhalf Danny Cipriani is expected to provide outhalf cover on the bench for England’s opening Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff on Friday night. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

England have included outhalf Danny Cipriani and number eight Nick Easter in a 25-man squad retained for Friday’s Six Nations opener against Wales.The(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland raises a smile whilst facing the media at the Wales RBS Six Nations Squad Announcement. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland has a remarkable Six Nations coaching record and his ability to chisel out a psychological edge is among his many talents. Naming his (...)

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)

England have named their 34-man training squad for the Six Nations game against Wales on 6 February, with Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani recalled from(...)

Manu Tuilagi: could be ruled out of the entire Six Nations tournament due to groin injury. Photograph: Getty Images.

England’s plans for the Six Nations have been dealt another blow after Manu Tuilagi was almost certainly ruled out of the tournament following a setb(...)