Conrad Smith of the All Blacks scores a late try against England despite Joe Marler’s best efforts  at Eden Park   in Auckland. Photograph:   Simon Watts/Getty Images

New Zealand 20 England 15 England slipped to a painful late defeat in their first Test against New Zealand knowing that a glorious opportunity (...)

Bath head coach Mike Ford: impressed by his young side’s determined performance. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Bath coach Mike Ford felt yesterday’s tightly-contested 24-18 win at Wasps, which secured a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup final, will give h(...)

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(...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster is all set to pick the same XV for the Ireland Six Nations game at Twickenham as started against France and then Scotland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It is a remarkable fact England have not named an unchanged team in three successive Six Nations games for 14 years. That long(...)

England player Joe Launchbury looking for a 2-0 series  win over Argetnina

Joe Launchbury has exceeded his own expectations during a remarkable season and he is determined to sign off on a victorious note as England hunt a 2-(...)

  Billy Twelvetrees will leave England’s tour of Argentina to join the Lions as backline cover. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Billy Twelvetrees has been called up by the British and Irish Lions from England’s tour of Argentina to provide backline cover.The 24-year-old, who c(...)

England’s Tom Wood will captain Stuart Lancaster’s side against the Barbarians and on their tour of Uruguay and Argentina.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Northampton’s Tom Wood will captain a youthful England squad featuring 11 uncapped players for the fixture against the Barbarians and the summe(...)