England have dropped Owen Farrell for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham with Billy Twelvetrees selected in his place at inside centre. Photograph: David Davies/Pa

Owen Farrell has been an ever-present for England since the summer tour to South Africa two years ago with Lancaster’s steadfast belief in him as a “(...)

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(...)

Bath’s Peter Stringer is unable to prevent Northampton’s Ben Foden from scoring a try during the Amlin Cup final in Cardiff last night. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Northampton 30, Bath 16: Stephen Myler’s relentless goal-kicking accuracy shot down Bath and gave Northampton Amlin Challenge Cup final glory at Cardi(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

England’s Danny Care goes over for England’s winning  try during the Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters 2:11

England 13 Ireland 10: By the smallest of margins are such games decided. Today, (...)

England centre Luther Burrell scores a first-half try during the  Six Nations match against Scotland  at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Scotland 0 England 20: England successfully handled an appalling Murrayfield pitch to complete a comfortable Six Nations victory over Scotland that wa(...)

Tom Wood during an England training session for today’s Six Nations clash in Paris. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

France are the Six Nations side to beat, so we are always told, in the season after a British and Irish Lions tour. If it happens again this year it w(...)

Chris Ashton of England has been dropped for the opening Six Nations fixture against France. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England have dropped Chris Ashton for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France in favour of uncapped Exeter wing Jack Nowell. Ashton was selected (...)

 Northampton Saints’ Ken Pisi is tackled by Leinster’s Dave Kearney last weekend. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At the Aviva on Saturday, the ferocity and physicality really stood out. It really made a mockery of the idea put forward by some English journalists (...)

Northampton Saints winger  Jamie Elliott hares away for a breakaway try at the death in the Heineken Cup Pool One game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Nothing lost beyond redemption. Confidence dented, a pool crowbarred open and a Leinster team beaten in an area of the park they had prided themselves(...)