Billy Vunipola

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 Keith Earls after  scoring his try against England in 2010. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland have travelled to Twickenham in the middle round of the Six Nations on three previous occasions and, in their own way, they have been landmark(...)

Owen Farrell and George Ford in action during an England training session at Pennyhill Park ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations game against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

15 Elliot Daly (Saracens) Age: 27 Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 98kg (15st 6lbs) Caps: 41 Switches from left wing to fullback following an injury to George F(...)

Ireland have won both of their Six Nations fixtures under Andy Farrell. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Okay, it may be stretching things to say that this revived Irish team has drawn a line entirely under the events of 2019 and the World Cup by dint of (...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander in the Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 1 match against Scotland last Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

It’s time to talk about CJ. The presence of the Munster backrower in the Irish team seems to be bothering some people. “Stander is lucky to be there(...)

Anthony Watson will miss England’s Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Murrayfield with a calf problem. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Anthony Watson will miss a second-successive Six Nations match after suffering a setback in his recovery from a calf problem. The England wing has be(...)

George Furbank during an England training session in Vilamoura, Portugal this week. Photograph: Getty Images

George Furbank will win his first cap in England’s Six Nations opener against France on Sunday with Eddie Jones handing the Northampton fullback the N(...)

 John Lennon: preferred “get” to “git”. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Long-time reader Damien Maguire has emailed with a raised eyebrow about my suggestion that the Hiberno-English “get” – as used by a political opponent(...)

England’s Six Nations build-up has been overshadowed by Saracens’ relegation from the Premiership for salary cap breaches. Photograph: PA

The disciplinary report that led to Saracens being relegated from the Premiership found the club’s owner, Nigel Wray, broke the rules by entering into(...)

Billy Vunipola is tackled during Saracens’ win over Racing 92. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

England have suffered a major setback after it was confirmed that Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola broke an arm against Racing 92 on Sunday. Alth(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath during last year’s Champions Cup final at St James’s Park, Newcastle. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They were the team nobody else wanted to face, or probably even see, in the knock-out stages but, with an almost foreboding inevitability, Leinster’s (...)

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