Israel Folau training with Wallabies in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

These are exciting times. Back-to-back wins against two of the Southern Hemisphere big three happen about as regularly as Roy Keane avoids a press (...)

Former Ireland international Peter Stringer celebrates after a Bath win in the Premiership with team-mate  George Ford, who lines out at 10 for England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Finally, after a season of trying and even longer thinking about it, Stuart Lancaster has announced a side with George Ford and Owen Farrell starting(...)

George Ford will take the number 10 jersey for England against Samoa on Saturday with Owen Farrell moving to inside centre

Flyhalf George Ford will make his first England start against Samoa on Saturday but Owen Farrell remains in the side at inside centre with Stuart Lanc(...)

England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster has work to do after defeat to South Africa. Photograph: Philip Brown / Reuters

England captain Chris Robshaw bemoaned the fact his side had to play catch up as they slumped to a fifth defeat on the bounce, losing 31-28 to South A(...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)

 Jamie George in action for the England Saxons against Ireland Wolfhounds at  Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. Photo:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Saracens hooker Jamie George wouldn’t have to dwell too long on an ideal birthday present. He turned 24 on Wednesday and tonight at Thomond Park he p(...)

Munster’s CJ Sander carries the ball despite Chris Cusiter of Sale tackling during the European Champions Cup Round One game at AJ Bell Stadium. Photograph: Inpho.

Scarcely six days after facing their latest moment of truth, Munster brace themselves for another potentially season-defining game. Even in the Heine(...)

 BJ Bothain Munster line-up to face Saracens on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley has made just two changes to the side the narrowly beat Sale Sharks last weekend, ahead of Friday’s meeting with Saracens (...)

Danny Cipriani of England breaks clear with the ball during the match between the Crusaders and England at the AMI Stadium. Photograph by David Rogers/Getty Images

England registered a first victory on their tour of New Zealand with Danny Cipriani pressing his claim against a weakened Crusaders for a place on the(...)

Owen Farrell will not play in England’s final Test match against New Zealand because of an knee injury he picked up in the second game. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

England outhalf Owen Farrell has been ruled out of Saturday’s final Test against New Zealand due to a knee injury. Farrell strained the medial ligamen(...)