Billy Vunipola

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England’s lock Maro Itoje wins the ball at the lineout during the victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

When Joe Schmidt makes the next cut for Japan bar Cian Healy and Rob Kearney no one starting last Saturday is safe, especially the leadership. Howeve(...)

England’s Joe Cokasaniga scores his side’s first try of the game against Ireland during the World Cup warm-up clash at Twickenham, London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England 57 Ireland 15 True, it was the first hit out of the season for all but three of the side. They were in warm-weather training in Portugal unti(...)

Rory Best endured a torrid afternoon at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Not dark yet, but it’s getting there. Debate surrounding the Ireland captaincy has been ignited by Saturday’s 57-15 humiliation at Twickenham. If(...)

Joe Cokanasiga (L) and Tom Curry celebrate with Manu Tuilagi after the centre’s try against Ireland. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

England 57 Ireland 15 A heavy beating was always conceivable as there were several mitigating factors pointing towards it. But even so, thi(...)

 Manu Tuilagi celebrates after England’s 2019 Six Nations Championship Round 1 win over Ireland at the  Aviva Stadium in February. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

World Cup warm-up: England v Ireland Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog wil(...)

Jack Carty: named among the replacements against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The shoot-out between Ross Byrne and Jack Carty for a place in Ireland’s 31-man World Cup steps up in earnest against England at Twickenham tomorrow,(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ruaridh McConnochie is set to make his England debut against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Ruaridh McConnochie will make his England debut a week later than hoped for after overcoming a hip problem in time to start against Wales in Cardiff o(...)

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