Nick Easter, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Ed Slater and Stephen Myler have been cut from the England squad. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England coach Stuart Lancaster has cut five players from his large 50-man squad ahead of the World Cup — with the rest of the group heading off to a t(...)

 Brendan Macken, seen here in action for  Gloucester against Bath’s George Ford, will join Wasps next season. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Brendan Macken will follow Jimmy Gopperth from Leinster to Wasps after signing a deal to play with the English club for next season.The 24-year-old ce(...)

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(...)

Ali Williams goes over for Toulon’s second try late in the Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Wasps at  Stade Félix Mayol. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulon 32 Wasps 18Error-strewn Toulon failed to convince but still stepped up their quest for a record-breaking third consecutive European title by ed(...)

England Saxons’ Elliot Daly tries to avoid the attention of Irish Wolfhounds’ Dominic Ryan during the game  at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Ireland Wolfhounds 9 English Saxons 18The Cork sporting public enthusiastically welcomed international rugby back to the city, filling the redeveloped(...)

Andy Murray: took grilling over his forthcoming wedding in good spirits.  Photograph:  Issei Kato/Reuters

Gary Lineker looked a bit glum yesterday. On a weekend overflowing with FA Cup thrills and spills, the BBC ended up with Bristol City 0, West Ham 1, a(...)

Fergus McFadden scores Leinster’s opening try in the European Champions Cup Pool Two game against Wasps at the  Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20Having led 20-6 lead at half-time, at which point they should have been out of sight, Leinster let slip that winning platform to s(...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)

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(...)

 Ben Foden of Northampton is tackled by Schalk Brits (left) and Charlie Hodgson during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Uncapped Wasps back Elliot Daly has been called into a star-studded Barbarians squad to face England and the British and Irish Lions. Th(...)