Billy Vunipola of Saracens charges upfield during their defeat of Wasps 24-17 in the  Champions Cup semi-final. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens 24 Wasps 17 It is nine years since an English club lifted Europe’s premier club trophy but Saracens sense their time approaching. On their (...)

Michael Rhodes of Saracens scores their first try despite the efforts of Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps during the Champions Cup  Cup semi-final at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Photograph:  Henry Brown/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Saracens 24 Wasps 17 Saracens took another giant stride towards a possible domestic and European double as they booked their place in next month’s Ch(...)

Grenoble’s James Hart during a pre-season clash with Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James Hart is unlikely to forget the events of the weekend in the Top 14 match between Oyonnax and Grenoble in which he observed at close-hand an opp(...)

England’s prop Joe Marler clashes with  Samson Lee  at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Wales v Italy, Cardiff, Saturday 2,30pm Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde says that prop Samson Lee is not someone “distracted by things on the ou(...)

“By the end of this game, Josh van der Flier looked every inch an international openside flanker.” Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

I am enjoying my life after rugby but who wouldn’t want to know what was said in the Ireland changing room to spark that second half reaction? That re(...)

Conor Murray: the Ireland scrumhalf required eight stitches to a wound in the corner of his eye and did not return for the end of the game with England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England fullback Mike Brown’s boot collided more than once with Conor Murray’s face in a ruck during last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship match at(...)

Mike Brown will not be cited for an incident with Conor Murray during England’s Six Nations win over Ireland. Photograph: Epa

England full-back Mike Brown has escaped a citing for the incident that left Conor Murray requiring stitches to a wound in his head in Saturday’s 21-1(...)

Jack Nowell celebrates as Mike Brown evades Robbie Henshaw to score England’s second try at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 10 Much like the game itself, this was a decidedly mixed bag of an Irish performance. Opinions will probably vary more wildly t(...)

 England No 8 Billy Vunipola  charges with the ball as the ireland duo Mike Ross and Jamie Heaslip attempt to make the tackle during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Mike Brown - 4  Making contact with Conor Murray’s face wasn’t malicious but it was reckless. Several errors and one penalty conceded outweigh t(...)

“From this press conference onwards I’m putting a media ban on myself,” Jones laughed. “I don’t want to be accused of scaremongering. From here until next Friday before the Wales match I don’t want to talk to the media.”

Eddie Jones regrets nothing. Not one word. The Australian coach of a victorious England over Ireland (21-10) speaks bluntly and wasn’t about to change(...)