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England’s prop Kyle Sinckler.  In the two England  Six Nations matches so far he has been involved in flashpoints with Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and France’s Arthur Iturria.  Photograph: Getty Images

Warren Gatland has responded to Eddie Jones’s attempts to wind up Wales before the Six Nations game on Saturday by describing the England tighthead pr(...)

Jack Nowell will start for England in Cardiff.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jack Nowell has been restored to the right wing for England’s Six Nations title clash with Wales in place of the injured Chris Ashton. Nowell excelle(...)

Billy Vunipola: “This game runs a little bit deeper, and everyone knows that, and we have to be prepared to fight that.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

People say love comes in different shapes and sizes, and in Wales on Saturday it will in a powerful frame of 6ft 3in and 20st 7lb. Billy Vunipola sa(...)

 Wales’ George North celebrates scoring their third try against France at the Stade de France earlier this month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It does not get any bigger than this” is a catchphrase of a television programme for aspirational cooks, but it will do at the Principality Stadium o(...)

England’s Jonny May scores their second try despite Damian Penaud of France during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

This Six Nations is starting to feel like a slasher flick, with England ticking off their victims one by one. They are taking bloody revenge on everyo(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with England’s Maro Itoje and Mark Wilson at the Aviva Stadium. England came to Dublin to prove themselves, and to regain respect. Now Ireland have to go to Edinburgh and do the same. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Being ambushed in rugby has never been a pleasant experience. Being ambushed in your own backyard is downright humiliating. If we cast our minds back(...)

 England’s Chris Ashton   touches down for the first try against All Blacks during their Test match at Twickenham in  November   2018. Photograph: Getty Images

It does not take long in Chris Ashton’s company to get the feeling he is still pinching himself. Since returning to the England fold last autumn he ha(...)

England’s Jack Nowell celebrates with try scorer Elliot Daly in their victory over Ireland at the Aviva last weekend. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: England v France Kick off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Virgin M(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Robbie Henshaw and Quinn Roux  after the defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Has last Saturday’s performance addressed those whose capabilities and limitations we have yet to become acquainted with? Pendulums swing on little t(...)

England’s Ben Stokes gestures during  second Test  of the crushing defeat to West Indies at the  Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda. Photograph: Ricardo Mazalan/AP

The traditional role of Poms in Australia is to accept graciously the humorous insults directed at the England cricket team, responding politely witho(...)

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