Danny Care has been selected ahead of Ben Youngs for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland. Photograph: Getty

England have selected Danny Care at scrum-half and Joe Marler at loosehead prop for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland. Care has been pr(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

 Manu Tuilagi vies for the ball during the European Champions Cup rugby union match between Stade Francais and Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi will miss Leicester’s Aviva Premiership clash against Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury. And it cou(...)

Eddie Jones has named his 33-man England squad for next month’s Six Nations. Photograph: PA

New England coach Eddie Jones has named his 33-man squad for next month’s Six Nations championship. Jones has selected seven uncapped players, includ(...)

New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu:  against France his  key stats were 107 metres gained and nine passes; precious little contact from the big man. Power yes; but not to batter. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

All field sports the world over have two key principles; create space and exploit space. On Monday I replayed the match. Not the one you’d imagine (...)

Paul O’Connell  in Twickenham: “For me when you play England, you always think of the size of the players.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This almost feels a little like the start of the World Cup. It’s Twickenham, all the squads have been named and England kick off the global, four-year(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

 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(...)