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(...)

 George Ford in action for  England against France at Stade de France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Watching George Ford go through the horrors in the Stade de France on Saturday, while Freddie Michalak steered the home side to a psychologically i(...)

France center Mathieu Bastareaud is tackled during the World Cup warm-up against England at the Stade de France. Photograph: Getty Images

France 25 England 20 England’s preparations for their home World Cup suffered a setback after they slumped to a 25-20 defeat by France that at (...)

Owen Farrell could end up playing a key role in England’s Rugby World Cup campaign. Photograph:

England’s bid to scale rugby’s Everest begins in earnest this evening. Base camp has long since been established but the first warm-up against France(...)

Saracens lifted the Premiership after a 28-16 win over Bath at Twickenham. Photograph: Reuters

Bath 16 Saracens 28 Saracens created Aviva Premiership history at Twickenham as they beat Bath 28-16 to be crowned English champions for a second time(...)

Scrumhalf Peter Stringer scores one of Bath’s seven tries  despite the tackle of Leicester’s Tommy Bell during their Aviva Premiership semi-final at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Bath captain Stuart Hooper has hailed the club’s mercurial midfield trio as they put on another masterful display which puts the team one win away fro(...)

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(...)

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is set to return for the European Champions Cup semi final. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Leinster must do without the world class second row - a Brad Thorn or Nathan Hines - that has traditionally played a fundamental role in them reaching(...)

Bath’s Stuart Hooper tries to get to grips with Cian Healy during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leinster 18 Bath 15 You could almost reach out and bite the tension during a taut, fraught endgame and so the natives will remain a little res(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip and Matt O’Connor are hapy with the performance of their scrum in the win over Bath. Photo: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 3:19

Relief was etched on Matt O'Connor's face after a storming finish from Bath and disciplined defending from Leinster allowed him just the faintest o(...)