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(...)

JJ Hanrahan says a lack of time in the Munster No 10 shirt was one of the reasons he has decided to leave his home province, but he has left the door ajar for a possible return in the future. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan says a lack of time in the Munster No 10 shirt was one of the reasons he has decided to leave his home province, but he has left the door(...)

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(...)

JJ Hanrahan will play his rugby next season with English Premiership champions Northampton. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s something that sticks in the craw about JJ Hanrahan leaving Munster for Northampton and the English Premiership. It’s not just that he’s a tru(...)

JJ Hanrahan: “I am very fortunate to have represented this club and team but I need to do what is best for me and avail of the next opportunity.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan’s decision to join the Northampton Saints from next season cast a pall over what had previously been an upbeat, good news day for Munster(...)

Leinster outhalf  Jimmy Gopperth: could be on his way to Wasps.  Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Northampton’s England hooker Dylan Hartley has been suspended for three weeks for elbowing Leicester’s Matt Smith in a Premiership match. Hartley, who(...)

Anthony Allen of Leicester is tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud during Toulon’s 23-8 victory over  Leicester Tigers at Felix Mayol Stadium

POOL 1 Saracens made it back-to-back wins over Sale to move top of Pool One in the European Champions Cup, but missed out on a bonus point as t(...)

JJ Hanrahan is believed to be frustrated with his lack of progress at Munster.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

JJ Hanrahan is on the verge of leaving his native Munster and joining Northampton next season. Currently in the second year of a two-year deal with th(...)

Owen Farrell  is congratulated by his Saracens team-mates after going over for a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Sale Sharks  at the AJ Bell Stadium  in Salford. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Champions Cup round-upPOOL 5 - Ospreys 19 Racing Metro 19Centre Josh Matavesi scored a try five minutes from time to keep alive Ospreys’ European Cham(...)

Glasgow’s Jonny Gray wins the battle for possession with Montpellier’s Sitaleki Timani during the European Rugby Champions match at Altrad Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

POOL FOUR Montpellier 13 Glasgow 15Gregor Townsend and his Glasgow Warriors took a giant leap towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 15-13 tr(...)