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 England scrumhalf Ben Youngs  during a  training session at Pennyhill Park  in Bagshot. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

The England scrumhalf Ben Youngs has dismissed the significance of the world No 1 ranking after it emerged Ireland will leapfrog Wales at the summit i(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to play Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Tom Curry and Sam Underhill will line up either side of Billy Vunipola in a new-look, highly mobile backrow against Ireland on Saturday as England coa(...)

 Manu Tuilagi warms up during an England training session at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi has revealed how he could have avoided more than a year of his injury layoff if he had come clean regarding his initial groin problem, de(...)

Maro Itoje breaks for England during their defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Two warm-up games down, two to go for England on the long, meandering road to Japan. If their two August warm-up games against Wales have reinforced a(...)

 Wales’ Dan Biggar:  throughout his career he has proved able to adapt his game to the demands of coaches.  Photograph:  Reuters/Rebecca Naden

What is the Brexit brouhaha compared to the outhalf debate that has raged in Wales as long as the game has been played there? Dan Biggar has the thi(...)

Dan Biggar tackles Maro Itoje during Wales’ win over England in Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Wales 13 England 6 Warren Gatland says Wales will not get carried away after replacing New Zealand as World Rugby’s top-ranked nation. Wales’ 13-6 W(...)

Ben Te’o is not in Eddie Jones’ England squad. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ben Te’o has been overlooked for England’s 31-man World Cup squad in a shock omission by Eddie Jones. Te’o has lost out to Piers Francis among the fo(...)

 Ben Te’o during an England gym session in Treviso, Italy, last month. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ben Te’o is a surprise omission from the England squad preparing to face Wales on Sunday, casting doubt on his place at the World Cup. Eddie Jones has(...)

Owen Farrell looks on during a Saracens training session  in St Albans, England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Owen Farrell will bounce back from his Six Nations disappointment, according to the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, who does not believe the (...)

Peter O’Mahony with Sean O’Brien  during yesterday’s captain’s run for Ireland at the  Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Wales v Ireland Kick off: 2.45pm. Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start at 2pm.&(...)

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