Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

Tomas Francis starts for Wales against England on Saturday night despite having just three international caps. Photograph: Getty

Tomas Francis smiles when asked to consider the last seven months of his rugby career, one that has taken him from the Exeter Chiefs, to the starting(...)

Luke Fitzgerald is set to start alongside Jared Payne in Ireland’s midfield for the opening World Cup game against Canada. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 5:12

The severity of Robbie Henshaw’s injury should become apparent at Thursday’s team announcement but the Connacht centre has not made Joe Schmidt’s open(...)

It’s no fun having to tackle someone like Mathieu Bastareaud if he gets a 10-yard run on you. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every World Cup has its own personality, a style of play that evolves the game of rugby. This year will be no different. We have already seen most of (...)

England winger Jonny May celebrates scoring their first try during the World Cup warm-up  at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

One of a few positives coming out of Twickenham is the scoreboard. Only losing 21-13 to a rampant English team – with a powerful pack and dazzling win(...)

Ireland winger Dave Kearney catches a high ball under pressure from England’s  Anthony Watson during the World Cup warm-up at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

15 Simon Zebo Some nice left-footed clearances, he made 41 metres in attack without threatening, but was caught out a couple of times defensive(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell gets over for a try during the second half of the World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 13 The result may not have been terribly important but while this was the restorative win which was prescribed for England, it was (...)

Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland - Six have been selected for our Six Nations team of the tournament. Photograph: Ian  MacNicol/Getty Images 9:27

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland):Leigh Halfpenny’s goal-kicking could give him the nod again. Stuart Hogg was electric and carried for 100 more metres. But Ke(...)

Wales,  with the exception of Samson Lee and Luke Charteris, are all superb at the breakdown. And their flankers think their way around very similar to Australians.  Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

I wanted England to beat Wales in Cardiff. The Welsh were Ireland’s greatest threat and them losing first time out at home was important. With Wales t(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will have a tough battle against the Wales centre partnership of Roberts and Davies. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 1:32

Robbie Henshaw believes Ireland’s fledgling centre partnership faces its toughest RBS Six Nations test yet in Wales on Saturday against Jamie Roberts (...)