England captain Dylan Hartley is congratulated by teammate George Ford after the forwards win a penalty against Scotland. Photograph: Getty

Scotland 9 England 15 England launched the Eddie Jones era by emerging from a tricky RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield with a 15-9(...)

James Haskell is aware of the size of the task facing England in their Six Nations opener against Scotland. Photograph: Getty

James Haskell has sought to dampen expectations amid the launch of Eddie Jones’ England reign at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Red Rose begin the proc(...)

Chris Ashton will miss the Six Nations after he saw his appeal against a 10-week ban turned down. Photograph: Getty

Chris Ashton’s hopes of playing for England in the Six Nations Championship this season are over. An independent appeal committee has decided not to (...)

Danny Care has been selected ahead of Ben Youngs for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland. Photograph: Getty

England have selected Danny Care at scrum-half and Joe Marler at loosehead prop for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland. Care has been pr(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

Can Ireland win a third Six Nations in a row? Photograph: Getty Images

GERRY THORNLEY How will Ireland fare? A tall order without either of the twin totems for the first time since 1999, made taller still by having Wal(...)

Dylan Hartley: “I am me. It’s there in print for you to see what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve been guilty of.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Whether England succeed or fail under their new captain, Dylan Hartley, they are entering a very different style of regime. Eddie Jones has already s(...)

Eddie Jones wants Dylan Hartley to be “Tarzan” when he leads England during the RBS 6 Nations. Photo:  Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Eddie Jones wants Dylan Hartley to be “Tarzan” when he leads England during the Six Nations. Hartley was a controversial pick as Chris Robshaw’s suc(...)

France head coach Guy Noves: has promised to restore some of the traditional flamboyance of les Bleus. Photograph:Inpho

One of the more fascinating aspects of another Six Nations campaign is the contrast in the coaching tickets, and specifically the head coaches. Coming(...)

 Manu Tuilagi vies for the ball during the European Champions Cup rugby union match between Stade Francais and Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi will miss Leicester’s Aviva Premiership clash against Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury. And it cou(...)