Sam Burgess will only be considered for England’s World Cup squad as a centre and not as a backrow. Photograph: Getty

England head coach Stuart Lancaster views Sam Burgess as a centre rather than flanker and will only consider him for the World Cup as a midfield optio(...)

 Anthony Allen of Leicester Tigers has been forced to retire due to injury. Photograph: David Jones/Getty Images

Former England centre Anthony Allen has been forced to retire “at the peak of his career” aged just 28 after long-running knee problems. The ex-Glouce(...)

Danny Cipriani’s place in England’s Rugby World Cup squad is in jeopardy after he was arrested for drink driving. Photograph: PA

Danny Cipriani’s hopes of making England’s World Cup squad appear to be in jeopardy after the fly-half was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving afte(...)

Stuart Lancaster has defended his omission of overseas-bades players from England’s 50-man World Cup training squad. Photograph: PA

Stuart Lancaster has defended the omission of overseas-based players from his World Cup training squad by arguing their selection would only weaken th(...)

England centre Manu Tuilagi will miss the World Cup after being fined for assaulting a police officer and criminal damage. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

England centre Manu Tuilagi has been banned from playing for his country and will miss the World Cup after pleading guilty to two counts of assaulting(...)

Jonathan Joseph burst onto the international scene in this season’s Six Nations Championship, finishing it as the top try scorer. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some sporting cross-pollination as a child is often the genesis for exceptional athletes. Jonathan Joseph sashayed his way through the Six Nations Cha(...)

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(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

Jonathan Joseph scores a try for England against Italy. The centre crossed over twice in a man-of-the-match performance. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jonathan Joseph’s two-try performance for England against Italy not only earned him the man-of-the-match accolade but prompted a number of headline wr(...)

England’s Chris Robshaw:  the 28-year-old is now an automatic pick for England. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA

England are determined not to look beyond Italy this Saturday, but their Six Nations victory over Wales has already convinced Stuart Lancaster to ano(...)