Dylan Hartley believes England’s Six Nations championship win of 2011 was an anticlimax as they comprehensively lost to Ireland in Dublin in their last game. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Trust an eclipse to come along just when English rugby is hoping to see the light. The big shadow over Twickenham in recent times has been a shortage(...)

Ireland’s Shane Horgan scores a try against England at Croke Park  following a crossfield kick by  Ronan O’Gara. Photo: Alan Betson

Dust off the invasion klaxon. They’re coming. Thousands of them. Anglophiles we most certainly are not. Anglophobes, well, we used to be and will beco(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best performs a choke tackle on France’s Rory Kockott during the recent Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 3:06

Chokers, the lot of them.A narrative is all rugby journalists seek on the week of a Test match. A constant now, concussion had a brief run with Mike(...)

Stuart Lancaster’s England squad training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey, ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Those who feel the Ireland squad are spoiled by the salubrious confines of Carton House need to see Pennyhill Park in Surrey.England’s centre of exce(...)

Mike Brown who was injured in the match against Italy, may return for Ireland game according to the English camp talking at Tuesday’s press conference. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England assistant coach Graham Rowntree has stated that Mike Brown has a chance of starting Sunday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium despite la(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland raises a smile whilst facing the media at the Wales RBS Six Nations Squad Announcement. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland has a remarkable Six Nations coaching record and his ability to chisel out a psychological edge is among his many talents. Naming his (...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster has been given an extended contract until 2020. Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Stuart Lancaster and his coaching team are to remain in charge of England’s rugby fortunes until 2020 after the English Rugby Football Union agreed to(...)

Jake Ball’s beard  and Richard Hibbard’s long blond locks will make them standout performers fro Wales against England at Twickenham tomorrow. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

So many words, so much emotion, so little middle ground whenever England meet Wales at rugby union whose side are you on? For (...)

Brian O’Driscoll will play against England for the 13th and final time when he lines up at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Graham Rowntree has warned England that “exceptional” Brian O’Driscoll will be desperate to mark his 13th and last appearance against them with(...)