Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England’s World Cup training squad after he was banned for four weeks for headbutting Saracen’s Jamie George. Photograph: Getty

Dylan Hartley is set to miss the World Cup after being dropped from England’s training squad for disciplinary reasons, head coach Stuart Lancaster has(...)

Stuart Lancaster has defended his omission of overseas-bades players from England’s 50-man World Cup training squad. Photograph: PA

Stuart Lancaster has defended the omission of overseas-based players from his World Cup training squad by arguing their selection would only weaken th(...)

Sam Burgess has told England coach Stuart Lancaster he is ready to be selected for England’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Getty

Sam Burgess has found moving from rugby league to union harder than proving himself in the 13-a-side code as an Englishman in Australia but, less than(...)

Jonathan Joseph burst onto the international scene in this season’s Six Nations Championship, finishing it as the top try scorer. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some sporting cross-pollination as a child is often the genesis for exceptional athletes. Jonathan Joseph sashayed his way through the Six Nations Cha(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor speaks during a press conference in UCD. Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

What are Leinster going to do against Bath, Matt O’Connor was asked. It seemed a simple enough question. Were they going to give the Premiership side (...)

Peter Stringer will leave Bath at the end of the season. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Sam Burgess will start, with Peter Stringer to feature at scrumhalf, as Bath intend to use every arrow in their quiver to stop Leinster in the Champio(...)

Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland - Six have been selected for our Six Nations team of the tournament. Photograph: Ian  MacNicol/Getty Images 9:27

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland):Leigh Halfpenny’s goal-kicking could give him the nod again. Stuart Hogg was electric and carried for 100 more metres. But Ke(...)

England came agonisingly close to their first Six Nations title since 2011. Photograph: Reuters 2:49

Before this year’s Six Nations championship there was a not so quiet confidence in England that this would be their year - the tournament where they c(...)

England  get held up just short of the try line in the dying seconds of the  Six Nations  match against France at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

England 55 France 35England fell short of being crowned Six Nations champions for the first time under Stuart Lancaster despite toppling France 55-35 (...)

Robbie Henshaw’s brilliant catch and try was the highlight of Ireland’s  19-9 Six Nations  win over England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1st. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only two times has Ireland won the Six Nations Championship back to back and you would have had to thumb back the history book pages to 1949 to see th(...)