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(...)

Danny Cipriani was rarely involved during his 30 minutes on the pitch against France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Cipriani has been given another opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup squad place after Stuart Lancaster named him on the bench for Satur(...)

Danny Cipriani has another chance to push for a World Cup spot as he starts off the bench for England against France on Saturday. Photograph: AFP

Danny Cipriani has been given another opportunity to stake his claim for a World Cup squad place after Stuart Lancaster named him on the bench for Sat(...)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01:  Conor Murray of Ireland clears the ball upfield under pressure from George Kruis of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The debate continues, if not exactly rages, as to whether Ireland’s style of play will be good enough to win a World Cup. This in turn begs another qu(...)

 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(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

Paul O’Connell poses with the new Six Nations trophy alongside fellow captains Thierry Dusautoir of France, Chris Robshaw of England, Sergio Parisse of Italy, Sam Warburton of Wales and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

You can’t buy history, and the oldest international tournament in the world, dating back to 1883, returns for the first instalment of a 15-match pr(...)

Steffon Armitage and a Toulon team-mate have been arrested for an alleged attack, casting doubt on any potential involvement in England’s World Cup plans. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England’s injury-hit build-up to the Six Nations hit further trouble on Wednesday when their potential World Cup candidate Steffon Armitage was report(...)

Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has been called up to Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad for their Six Nations opener against Wales. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

England have named their 34-man training squad for the Six Nations game against Wales on 6 February, with Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani recalled from(...)

Manu Tuilagi: could be ruled out of the entire Six Nations tournament due to groin injury. Photograph: Getty Images.

England’s plans for the Six Nations have been dealt another blow after Manu Tuilagi was almost certainly ruled out of the tournament following a setb(...)