Eddie Jones has picked his England team to play Italy on Sunday. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

England have promoted Courtney Lawes, Mako Vunipola and Ben Youngs to their starting XV for Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome. Lawes repl(...)

There will be no winding up of England captain Dylan Hartley at Murrayfield, according to Scotland’s resource coach Nathan Hines. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Scotland v England, Murrayfield, Saturday, 4.50pm RTÉ 2, BBC 1 Eddie Jones has been talking a relentlessly good game all week but, on the eve of th(...)

New England rugby coach Eddie Jones responds to press questions during the RBS Six Nations media launch at the Hurlingham Club, London, yesterday. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

The newly minted Eddie Jones breezes into the room and what ensues in the next 15-minutes are lavishly entertaining, technicolour soundbites tumblin(...)

Dylan Hartley has been named as England captain for the Six Nations, replacing Chris Robshaw. Photograph: Afp

Dylan Hartley has been named England’s captain for the upcoming Six Nations. The Northampton hooker has been expected to take over the role from Chr(...)

South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing England’s batsman Jonathan Bairstow for a duck. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

With 29 scheduled overs of a rain-interrupted third day to go England were still in the Test, hanging on by the fingernails but with a sniff of a cha(...)

Stuart Broad of England reacts as James Anderson of England nearly catches out Stiaan Van Zyl of South Africa during the third cricket Test  in Johannesburg on Saturday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Trevor Bayliss does not take much notice of the ICC rankings. They are, he reckons, for the fans, something to give a context to what is happening in (...)

England fast bowler Steven Finn in action during the first day of the third Test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Third Test, day one: South Africa 267-7 Until a frustrating unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 42 against the second new ball, England had fought (...)

Outhalf Owen Farrell of England is congratulated by his father, then England assistant coach Andy Farrell, after  the Six Nations match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium in  2013. Photograph: by David Rogers/Getty Images.

The former rugby league great Andy Farrell will come into Joe Schmidt’s Irish set up with the ashes of England’s World Cup bid still smouldering in th(...)

“To have this opportunity to work with a very talented management and playing group really excites me,” said former England assistant coach Andy Farrell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andy Farrell will become Ireland’s new defence coach in time for the three-Test tour to South Africa in June after signing a four-year contract that (...)

England’s Alastair Cook shakes hands with Hashim Amla after the second Test ended in a draw at Newlands Stadium. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Hashim Amla has resigned as captain of South Africa with the all-rounder AB de Villiers to take over until the end of the four-Test series. The shoc(...)