England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster and England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive, Ian Ritchie attend a press conference at Pennyhill Park hotel near Bagshot a day after England was defeated by Australia and eliminated from the Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: Getty Images 1:35

The Rugby Football Union has ruled out any “hasty reaction” after England were knocked out of the World Cup by a 33-13 defeat to Australia at Twickenh(...)

Owen Farrell has retained  his place at outhalf ahead of Bath’s George Ford. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

It depends on a preference for one analogy over another, as England and Australia rummage around in the history books for the empirical evidence to s(...)

 Graham Rowntree: “This team will only get better and better with experience, let’s all agree that. I can see that from working with the guys day in, day out. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Graham Rowntree insists England can win the World Cup despite possessing a team whose best years lie two to three years in the future. Rowntree, the R(...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

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 (...)