Centre Jonathan Joseph returns to the England team for the crucial must-win clash against Australia at Twickenham. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

A sense of calm was restored at Pennyhill Park after a week of what at times became fevered examination of Stuart Lancaster, and England captain Ch(...)

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(...)

Jonathan Joseph will start in England’s midfield for their opening World Cup game against Fiji on Friday night. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sam Burgess will be a replacement in England’s Rugby World Cup opening fixture against Fiji on Friday as Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged side from(...)

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 (...)

Paul O’Connell  in Twickenham: “For me when you play England, you always think of the size of the players.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This almost feels a little like the start of the World Cup. It’s Twickenham, all the squads have been named and England kick off the global, four-year(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell during  the  Captain’s Run at  Twickenham on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The sense that the build-up to the World Cup has been intensified this week was underlined by Paul O’Connell after Ireland’s Captain’s Run at Twickenh(...)

Jonathan Joseph will be partnered by Brad Barritt at centre in England’s side to play Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England have selected Brad Barritt and Jonathan Joseph as their centre pairing for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up game against Ireland at Twickenham. It(...)

Geoff Parling will start in the second row for England against France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have promoted Geoff Parling to the second row and recalled Nick Easter to the bench for Saturday’s decisive RBS Six Nations clash with France (...)

England’s Jonathan Joseph dives over for a try during their Six Nations match against Scotland at  Twickenham, London.

England 25 Scotland 13 By Saturday night England could well be Six Nations champions after three successive years as frustrated bridesmaids. They (...)

 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(...)