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England’s George Ford against the All Blacks. England have way more passing and kicking inventiveness than South Africa in their dual playmakers Ford and Owen Farrell.  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

World Cup Final: England v South Africa Kick-off: 9am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama. How to follow: The Irish Tim(...)

England’s Jess Breach is tackled by  Ireland’s Megan Williams during the Women’s Six Nations match at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland 7 England 51 In front of a record home crowd of 4,637 at Donnybrook, Ireland began their Women’s Six Nations campaign with a heavy defeat to (...)

English players on the pitch in the build-up to the  World Cup  Group G  game against  Belgium at  Kaliningrad Stadium. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

England coach Gareth Southgate made eight changes to the side that beat Panama 6-1 for the World Cup Group G top-spot decider against Belgium in Kalin(...)

Louise Galvin: returns to the starting Irish XV for the game against England. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

England Women v Ireland Women, Ricoh Arena, 5.30pm (Live RTÉ 2) Ireland women’s coach Adam Griggs has made three changes to his starting line-u(...)

Rory Best speaking in the huddle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s been feisty, it’s been mouthy, there’s been plenty of gamesmanship, much of it good-humoured before bordering on unsavoury, and it hasn’t even ki(...)

 Jamie Roberts: Wales will be depending on him to get them across the gain line.    Photo:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

This is it then, the centrepiece of the second weekend; a heavyweight collision between two long-standing, cross-border rivals, and it is liable to(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney is tackled by England’s George Ford as Paul O’Connell and Devin Toner close in during Saturday’s international at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland retreated from Twickenham beaten, but not bowed and not too damaged either physically or mentally. This wasn’t a good final dress rehearsal, (...)

Jonathan Joseph will be partnered by Brad Barritt at centre in England’s side to play Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England have selected Brad Barritt and Jonathan Joseph as their centre pairing for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up game against Ireland at Twickenham. It(...)