Chris Ashton

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 Connacht team look on after conceding another try against Saracens. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images
Connacht bow out with a whimper
  • Rugby
  • January 18, 2014, 16:18

Saracens 64 Connacht 6: Connacht suffered their worst ever Heineken Cup defeat as Saracens crushed Pat Lam’s side to make sure of their place in the(...)

England’s Ben Morgan runs in to score a try against Argentina   at Twickenham. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

England 31 Argentina 12England emerged comfortable 31-12 winners against Argentina at a subdued Twickenham, but another patchy performance in the QBE (...)

Dylan Hartley, along with Ben Foden, Billy Twelvetrees, Chris Ashton, David Wilson and Lee Dickson, will be  desperate to improve their chances of starting against the All Blacks. Photograph: Getty Images

ROBERT KITSONAmid all last week’s sepia-tinted celebrations of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup victory it was Martin Johnson, their erstwhile captain, (...)

England’s Chris Ashton in action against Australia at Twickenham.

One of Stuart Lancaster’s key targets is for his England side to be sitting in second place in the world rankings by next September. It could happen a(...)


England captain Chris Robshaw: ‘We were a little bit rusty against Australia and combinations weren’t as smooth as they potentially would be after two or three games’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

England captain Chris Robshaw has challenged his team to run Argentina off their feet on Saturday and show they can attack as well as they defended ag(...)

England’s Owen Farrell scores a try against Australia  at Twickenham in London. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

England 20 Australia 13England launched a year described by head coach Stuart Lancaster as “defining” with a spirited 20-13 victory over Australia at(...)

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe: the 27-16 defeat to Saracens at Twickenham in April looms large over his first season in Belfast. Photograph: Getty Images

It has been a respectable opening gambit from a coach that had the spine of his team stripped away in November and again this spring. Bu(...)

England’s Tom Wood will captain Stuart Lancaster’s side against the Barbarians and on their tour of Uruguay and Argentina.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Northampton’s Tom Wood will captain a youthful England squad featuring 11 uncapped players for the fixture against the Barbarians and the summe(...)

 Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall speaks with his captain Steve Borthwick following their victory over Ulster at Twickenham. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Saracens boss Mark McCall saluted his players’ “unbelievable” work ethic after they booked a Heineken Cup semi-final place against Toulon or (...)

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