Claims of unrest within the Lions squad will only unite them further. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The tone of the Lions tour has changed, with the New Zealand media falling more in line with its public, in recognising that a truly momentous rugby e(...)

 Steve Borthwick, forwards coach, Warren Gatland head coach, Rob Howley, backs coach and Andy Farrell the defence coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Suffice it to say the process of Lions selection has changed over the years. The first tour in 1888 was dreamt up by three cricketers and was on the w(...)

Alex Corbisiero in action against South Africa in 2012: England now “have a bit of arrogance”. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Alex Corbisiero believes Eddie Jones has developed an element of “arrogance” in England that will see them swagger into their autumn programme. South(...)

Louis Picamoles and Johnny Sexton wil meet again when Leinster take on Nortahmpton in Pool 4 of the Champions Cup. Photograph:   Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

There is no obvious ‘Pool of Death’, but the four Irish provinces face a tall order to qualify It is four years since Leinster won the then Heineke(...)

British and Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero is taking a break from the game after a decade of physically punishing and mentally draining scrummaging. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Alex Corbisiero only made the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia after Cian Healy was forced home after his ankle ligaments snapped. Seán (...)

2013 Lions hero Alex Corbisiero has taken a year-long break from rugby. Photograph: Getty

“My body feels great and my mind is refreshed,” Alex Corbisiero says on a sleepy Monday morning in Cobham. Mondays are usually days etched in pain for(...)

Dylan Hartley during a   Northampton Saints training session ahead of their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Clermont. Photograph: Getty Images

Dylan Hartley believes Northampton are better equipped than ever to win European club rugby’s biggest prize – but now must prove it. Saints, beaten(...)

Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland - Six have been selected for our Six Nations team of the tournament. Photograph: Ian  MacNicol/Getty Images

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland):Leigh Halfpenny’s goal-kicking could give him the nod again. Stuart Hogg was electric and carried for 100 more metres. But Ke(...)

England’s Jonathan Joseph dives over for a try during their Six Nations match against Scotland at  Twickenham, London.

England 25 Scotland 13 By Saturday night England could well be Six Nations champions after three successive years as frustrated bridesmaids. They (...)

Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has been called up to Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad for their Six Nations opener against Wales. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

England have named their 34-man training squad for the Six Nations game against Wales on 6 February, with Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani recalled from(...)

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