The opening wins away to Wales and at home to Italy have heightened belief among England fans that, as in 2003, this year’s championship will serve as another Grand Slam en route to the World Cup.

In many respects, next Sunday is looking like twice the event and twice the challenge, on and off the pitch. Time was when Sunday games were seen as a(...)

Danny Cipriani is back in the England set-up after seven years in the international wilderness. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

It had been seven long years since Danny Cipriani was last cheered to the Twickenham rafters by an appreciative Six Nations crowd, which made his try-(...)

Danny Cipriani has been named on the bench for England’s Six Nations opener. Photograph David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter on the bench for Friday night’s RBS Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff.Cipriani provides ou(...)

Sale outhalf Danny Cipriani is expected to provide outhalf cover on the bench for England’s opening Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff on Friday night. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

England have included outhalf Danny Cipriani and number eight Nick Easter in a 25-man squad retained for Friday’s Six Nations opener against Wales.The(...)

Ireland Wolfhounds’ Keith Earls is tackled by England Saxons’ Sam Burgess during the match at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

It seems when rather than if he will make it to Stuart Lancaster’s England side. Players have come from league before Sam Burgess but few with the com(...)

Steffon Armitage and a Toulon team-mate have been arrested for an alleged attack, casting doubt on any potential involvement in England’s World Cup plans. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England’s injury-hit build-up to the Six Nations hit further trouble on Wednesday when their potential World Cup candidate Steffon Armitage was report(...)

Owen Farrell of Saracens and England will miss England’s Six Nations opener. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Owen Farrell has been ruled out of England’s entire Six Nations campaign with a knee injury.The Saracens outhalf, who was expected to supply midfield (...)

Owen Farrell of Saracens is hauled down by Julien Bardy of Clermont during the Champions Cup Pool 1 match at Stade Marcel Michelin yesterday. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Owen Farrell gave Stuart Lancaster an injury scare on the eve of England’s Six Nations get-together as he hobbled off in the first half of Saracens’ d(...)

Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has been called up to Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad for their Six Nations opener against Wales. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

England have named their 34-man training squad for the Six Nations game against Wales on 6 February, with Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani recalled from(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)