Billy Vunipola can offer the Lions destructive ball carrying from number eight. Photograph: Getty

A Kiwi dollar for Warren Gatland’s thoughts as his attention turns to Wales’s tour to New Zealand this June. There is still no better place to judge a(...)

Rory Best speaking in the huddle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s been feisty, it’s been mouthy, there’s been plenty of gamesmanship, much of it good-humoured before bordering on unsavoury, and it hasn’t even ki(...)

Maro Itoje starts for England against Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Maro Itoje will make his full England debut in Saturday’s Six Nations showdown with Ireland at Twickenham. Itoje is promoted to the starting XV for h(...)

 Maro Itoje  is in line to make his England debut against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Maro Itoje is in line for his first England start after Joe Launchbury was ruled out of the Six Nations game against Ireland with a hamstring injury. (...)

England’s Courtney Lawes has been called into head coach Eddie Jones’ squad to play Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Lock Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday. England had expected Launchbury to make the Twicke(...)

Elliot Daly (right)  with England coach Eddie Jones  during  training session held at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday. Photograph: by David Rogers/Getty Images

Centre Elliot Daly is set to make his England debut against Ireland on Saturday after being named in Eddie Jones’s squad for the Twickenham showdown. (...)

England head coach Eddie Jones (right) and captain Dylan Hartley. Photograph: PA

Eddie Jones has challenged his England team to show no mercy when they collide with Italy in Rome tomorrow. The Azzurri have never beaten England i(...)

Number eight Josh Beaumont has been added to the England sqaud for the game against Italy in Rome on Sunday. Photograph:    David Rogers/Getty Images

Maro Itoje and Josh Beaumont have been included in a 25-strong England squad for Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome. Head coach Eddie Jone(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field injured in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wasps 51 Leinster 10 Twelve months since Johnny Sexton was stood down for 12 weeks by neurologist Dr Jean-François Cherman, concussion has revisited (...)

Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley has emerged as favourite to captain  England under Eddie Jones. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Dylan Hartley has emerged as favourite to lead England under Eddie Jones in a change that would mark the end of Chris Robshaw’s captaincy. Hartley ha(...)