Clermont centre Wesley Fofana is tackled during the semi-final match in Saint-Etienne. Photo: Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne 13 Saracens 9Saracens bowed out of the European Champions Cup after a brave and battling display at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.France s(...)

Owen Farrell during a Saracens training session in St Albans ahead of their European Champions Cup clash against Clermont Auvergne. The outhalf is back in the squad after three months out. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens coach Mark McCall has voiced his admiration for French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne ahead of Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final s(...)

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(...)