England were beaten by Australia - thanks largely to a dominant performance by the visitor’s pack. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

England 13 Australia 33 It’ll be absolutely no consolation to England that they were handsome contributors to a wonderful Rugby World Cup match. Austr(...)

“We’re obviously aware of what’s at stake. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work it out,” says England coach Stuart Lancaster of his side’s World Cup clash with Australia. Henry Browne/Reuters

Stuart Lancaster and Chris Robshaw were explaining on Thursday how players remove themselves from what could otherwise become a suffocating world of(...)

Owen Farrell has retained  his place at outhalf ahead of Bath’s George Ford. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

It depends on a preference for one analogy over another, as England and Australia rummage around in the history books for the empirical evidence to s(...)

England head coach Stuart Lancaster and Chris Robshaw during the press conference for their pool game against Australia. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Stuart Lancaster has refused to be drawn on his future should England go out of the World Cup by losing to Australia this weekend. Asked if his job wa(...)

Sam Burgess will not start for England against Australia. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Stuart Lancaster has named his side to face Australia at Twickenham in their crucial Rugby World Cup clash on Saturday, with Sam Burgess dropped and J(...)

Scott Williams leaves England’s Mike Brown and Sam Burgess trailing in his wake at Twickenham. Burgess showed all the attributes of his rugby league background in what was England’s biggest game for eight years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I only started playing centre in 2004. It took until the 2007 World Cup before I felt properly attuned to the nuances of the position and comfortable (...)

England captain Chris Robshaw and head coach Stuart Lancaster face the media after their defeat to Wales at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ten days into the tournament and one could do a PhD on decision-making and psychology. Think of Japan beating South Africa or the Welsh medical sta(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

The England team arrive at Twickenham for their match against Wales in the RBS Six Nations in March last year. Photograph: David Rogers/RFU/via Getty Images

Up from Richmond, along the river Thames and into Twickenham village, the George Cross flags and Rugby World Cup banners remind visiting fans of wh(...)

 Owen Farrell has been chosen to start at outhalf  ahead of team-mate  George Ford for England against Wales. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images 6:20

Stuart Lancaster realised on Thursday that there are no easy rides as England coach, not after a match and now, not even before the match has taken p(...)