France center Mathieu Bastareaud is tackled during the World Cup warm-up against England at the Stade de France. Photograph: Getty Images

France 25 England 20 England’s preparations for their home World Cup suffered a setback after they slumped to a 25-20 defeat by France that at (...)

Danny Cipriani was rarely involved during his 30 minutes on the pitch against France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Cipriani has been given another opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup squad place after Stuart Lancaster named him on the bench for Satur(...)

Danny Cipriani has another chance to push for a World Cup spot as he starts off the bench for England against France on Saturday. Photograph: AFP

Danny Cipriani has been given another opportunity to stake his claim for a World Cup squad place after Stuart Lancaster named him on the bench for Sat(...)

George North is nearing a Test return after being plagued by a string of head injuries. Photograph: Getty

Rugby World Cup bosses are “unlikely” to disqualify teams for breaching concussion protocols but could impose fines should competitors flout head-inju(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton receives treatment after getting a bang on the head against Australia last November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

The role of the media in reporting concussion is a delicate but important one. ESPN once had a regular NFL highlight segment called ‘Jacked Up’ where (...)

England fullback Mike Brown is unlikely to play again this season and is still suffering symptoms from the concussion he picked up in this tackle of Italy’s Andrea Masi during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The England fullback Mike Brown is unlikely to play again this season because he is continuing to suffer concussion symptoms two months after he wa(...)

England  get held up just short of the try line in the dying seconds of the  Six Nations  match against France at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

England 55 France 35England fell short of being crowned Six Nations champions for the first time under Stuart Lancaster despite toppling France 55-35 (...)

England’s Jonathan Joseph dives over for a try during their Six Nations match against Scotland at  Twickenham, London.

England 25 Scotland 13 By Saturday night England could well be Six Nations champions after three successive years as frustrated bridesmaids. They (...)

Courtney Lawes is back in the England team for the game against Scotland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have recalled lock Courtney Lawes and fullback Mike Brown for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash with Scotland.Lawes makes his first internation(...)

 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(...)