New Zealand’s Keven Mealamu: will break Colin Meads’ record for a New Zealander of 361 first-class appearances if he appears as a substitute in Cardiff. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

It was the worst of times but it inspired the best of times. When New Zealand lost to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the Millenniu(...)

George Ford will take the number 10 jersey for England against Samoa on Saturday with Owen Farrell moving to inside centre

Flyhalf George Ford will make his first England start against Samoa on Saturday but Owen Farrell remains in the side at inside centre with Stuart Lanc(...)

England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster has work to do after defeat to South Africa. Photograph: Philip Brown / Reuters

England captain Chris Robshaw bemoaned the fact his side had to play catch up as they slumped to a fifth defeat on the bounce, losing 31-28 to South A(...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)

20-year-old Anthony Watson will make his England debut against South Africa on Saturday after replacing injured Bath teammate Semesa Rokoduguni in Stuart Lancaster’s starting XV

Winger Anthony Watson will make his first start for England against South Africa on Saturday after edging Marland Yarde in the fight to replace the(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw scores his side’s second try against England  despite the attempts of Dylan Hartley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England 21 New Zealand 24England’s ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year’s World Cup was crushed by a losing start to their aut(...)

 Semesa Rokoduguni passes the ball during an  England training session earlier this week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing for Saturday’s test against New Zealand at Twickenham. The uncapped Rokoduguni, a servin(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “Tthe All Blacks would tbe nice but South Africa and Australia will be challenging enough.” Photo: Dan Sheridan

On the face of it, this looks almost like the perfect storm. About the only redeeming feature is that an injury ravaged Ireland are not facing the All(...)

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(...)

England lock Joe launchbury has rejected moves from other Premiership clubs and has agreed to extend his contract and stay with Wasps for  their relocation to Coventry. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

Wasps have announced that England lock Joe Launchbury has agreed a contract extension. Launchbury’s decision represents a major coup for Wasps ahead o(...)