On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

Alex Goode replaces Mike Brown in the Englad side for Sunday’s Six Nations games against Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England have made the first changes of their 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign after naming Alex Goode and Jack Nowell in their starting XV to face Ireland (...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster shakes a joke with Jack Nowell during an England training session at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Exeter’s Jack Nowell is set to feature in England’s Six Nations match against Ireland as Stuart Lancaster seeks to nullify the home side’s kicking thr(...)

Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

England 47 Italy 17England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first(...)

England winger Anthony Watson gets ahead of the Wales defence to score his side’s first try at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Wales 16 England 21Great occasions do not always produce great games but England will long remember this frantic, nail-biting outcome. Under the Frida(...)

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(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens. Vunipola will be one of Munster’s main challenges when they face Saracens at Allianz Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“They are demanding . . . not necessarily demanding of the finest rugby skills but they are demanding of passion . . . They want to see you wear your (...)

Mike Brown scored England’s second try as they limped to a 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham

George Ford brought England’s autumn to life with an impressive full debut as Samoa were swept aside 28-9 at Twickenham to end the 2015 World Cup host(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw scores his side’s second try against England  despite the attempts of Dylan Hartley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England 21 New Zealand 24England’s ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year’s World Cup was crushed by a losing start to their aut(...)

Manu Tuilagi has been named on England’s bench for the Six Nations match away to Italy on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Six Nations team news: England have named Manu Tuilagi on the bench for the(...)