Billy Twelvetrees during an England training session held ahead of the Autumn Series clash against Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

This week’s sad news from Australia has reminded everyone that professional sport’s ups and downs are strictly relative. It does not ultimately matter(...)

Mike Brown scored England’s second try as they limped to a 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham

George Ford brought England’s autumn to life with an impressive full debut as Samoa were swept aside 28-9 at Twickenham to end the 2015 World Cup host(...)

Former Ireland international Peter Stringer celebrates after a Bath win in the Premiership with team-mate  George Ford, who lines out at 10 for England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Finally, after a season of trying and even longer thinking about it, Stuart Lancaster has announced a side with George Ford and Owen Farrell starting(...)

England’s manager Roy Hodgson and his captain Wayne Rooney talk at a press conference ahead of their international friendly at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photograph: Reuters.

Wayne Rooney has talked to the younger members of the England squad to warn them about the atmosphere at Celtic Park and ensure they are not intimida(...)

Dan Carter returns after nearly a year out as New Zealand take on Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Getty

Dan Carter will start his first Test in almost a year, and the captain Richie McCaw will play at blindside flanker for the first time, when New Zealan(...)

Schalk Burger returns to  South Africa’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images.

It is the question faced by every coach of every team ahead of this series of phoney war clashes a year out from next year’s Rugby World Cup. Are you(...)

West Bromwich Albion wonderkid Saido Berahino has been called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia

Saido Berahino has been called up to the England squad for the first time.Berahino has been in good form for West Brom this season, scoring seven goal(...)

Chris Robshaw captained England when they beat New Zealand 38-21 in 2012. Photograph: Getty.

Chris Robshaw will send England into battle against New Zealand with the warning there is “no hiding place” if they are to overcome the world champion(...)

England and Australia clash at Twickenham Stadium last November: 650,000 people applied for tickets to the pool game between the two sides at next year’s World Cup. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty.

A record 950,000 tickets were allocated in the September general sale for next year’s Rugby World Cup in England. The number of applications from Ire(...)

IJack Grealish celebrates scoring Ireland under-21’s third goal against the  Faroe Islands in a European Championships qualifying group game  last November.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having acceded to Jack Grealish’s request to sideline his international future, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will unlikely be able to ca(...)