Dylan Hartley: will be looking to banish memories of the defeat to Ireland when England entertain Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This has not been a great week for English sporting self-esteem. At least Bangladesh are not going to beat them at rugby union but a first Scotland w(...)

George Ford was given a masterclass by Johnny Sexton in England’s 19-9 defeat to Ireland on Sunday. (EPA/Aidan Crawley) 4:25

This morning, all around the country, people will be walking into work with beaming smiles on their faces - the afterglow of Ireland’s victory yest(...)

Mike Brown of England clashes with Andrea Masi of Italy during their Six Nations match at Twickenham. The fullback has not fully recovered from his head injury. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The odds on Mike Brown featuring in England’s key Six Nations game against Ireland on Sunday are lengthening after the fullback suffered a setback in(...)

England winger Anthony Watson gets ahead of the Wales defence to score his side’s first try at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Wales 16 England 21Great occasions do not always produce great games but England will long remember this frantic, nail-biting outcome. Under the Frida(...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster is all set to pick the same XV for the Ireland Six Nations game at Twickenham as started against France and then Scotland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It is a remarkable fact England have not named an unchanged team in three successive Six Nations games for 14 years. That long(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster: “If we want to be genuine World Cup contenders we’ve got to have the belief we can win these games,” he says. Photograph: Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster is urging his players to rise to “the biggest challenge in rugby” and consign New Zealand to a second successive defeat at Twickenham(...)

Dylan Hartley, along with Ben Foden, Billy Twelvetrees, Chris Ashton, David Wilson and Lee Dickson, will be  desperate to improve their chances of starting against the All Blacks. Photograph: Getty Images

ROBERT KITSONAmid all last week’s sepia-tinted celebrations of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup victory it was Martin Johnson, their erstwhile captain, (...)

Toby Flood runs into Italy’s Gonzalo Canale and Sergio Parisse at Twickenham. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

You would hardly call this a classic Six Nations season but the final duel promises to be fascinating. Assuming, that is, England arrive(...)

Toby Flood runs into Italy’s Gonzalo Canale and Sergio Parisse at Twickenham. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

You would hardly call this a classic Six Nations season but the final duel promises to be fascinating. Assuming, that is, England arrive(...)