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(...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster is all set to pick the same XV for the Ireland Six Nations game at Twickenham as started against France and then Scotland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It is a remarkable fact England have not named an unchanged team in three successive Six Nations games for 14 years. That long(...)

Ruan Pienaar of Ulster scored all 21 points against Leicester at Welfor Road. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ulster captain Johann Muller hailed Ruan Pienaar after the South African’s efforts clinched his side a famous victory at Leicester Tigers and a home t(...)

England’s Marland Yarde is to undergo surgery on a hip injury. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England wing Marland Yarde could miss the entire Six Nations as he requires surgery to repair a torn hip tendon.The London Irish flyer suffered the in(...)

New Zealand’s Dan Carter will make his 100th appearance for the All Blacks on Saturday

All things going to plan, Dan Carter’s 100th test match for New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday will not be the last time he plays for the team at E(...)

England’s Chris Ashton in action against Australia at Twickenham.

One of Stuart Lancaster’s key targets is for his England side to be sitting in second place in the world rankings by next September. It could happen a(...)


England captain Chris Robshaw: ‘We were a little bit rusty against Australia and combinations weren’t as smooth as they potentially would be after two or three games’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

England captain Chris Robshaw has challenged his team to run Argentina off their feet on Saturday and show they can attack as well as they defended ag(...)

  Lee Dickson passes the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

England have selected Lee Dickson ahead of Ben Youngs at scrumhalf for Saturday’s opening autumn international against Australia at Twickenham.Dickson(...)

 Ben Alexander of Australia: scarred by third Test performance against British and Irish Lions. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Australia prop Ben Alexander is haunted by his feeble scrummaging display in the third Test against the British and Irish Lions.The Wallabies’ woeful (...)

Dan Tuohy of Ulster catches Leicester’s Toby Flood with a straight arm, resulting in Flood being carried off injured and Tuohy sinbinned. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Andrew Fosker

It was hardly the ideal way to sign off your pre-season programme of friendlies, but at least being worked over at Welford Road gave Ulster a real sen(...)