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(...)

Sale outhalf Danny Cipriani is expected to provide outhalf cover on the bench for England’s opening Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff on Friday night. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

England have included outhalf Danny Cipriani and number eight Nick Easter in a 25-man squad retained for Friday’s Six Nations opener against Wales.The(...)

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(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

Northampton Saints Alex Corbisiero is tackled by Wasps Ashley Johnson. The former will be out of action until the near year. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.
Alex Corbisiero out until new year
  • Rugby
  • September 30, 2014, 12:55

Alex Corbisiero will miss England’s autumn Tests after suffering a shoulder injury.The Northampton prop was hurt during Saints’ 31-24 Aviva Premiersh(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster (left) congratulates England players including Owen Farrell (number 10) as they leave the pitch following the Six Nations win over  Italy. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

England head coach Stuart Lancaster was proud of the performance his players produced in beating Italy 52-11 in Rome, even if it fails to land(...)

Chris Henry:  “It’s about sticking to the game plan no matter what happens. It is all about the next play, the next five minutes, next 10 minutes.” Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The fear about Saturday is an awfully Irish one. The stars are not aligned. There is no axe to grind. Just cold, hard facts indicatin(...)

Chris Ashton of England has been dropped for the opening Six Nations fixture against France. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England have dropped Chris Ashton for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France in favour of uncapped Exeter wing Jack Nowell. Ashton was selected (...)

 Connacht team look on after conceding another try against Saracens. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images
Connacht bow out with a whimper
  • Rugby
  • January 18, 2014, 16:18

Saracens 64 Connacht 6: Connacht suffered their worst ever Heineken Cup defeat as Saracens crushed Pat Lam’s side to make sure of their place in the(...)

England’s Chris Ashton in action against Australia at Twickenham.

One of Stuart Lancaster’s key targets is for his England side to be sitting in second place in the world rankings by next September. It could happen a(...)