Courtney Lawes

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Chris Boyd was impressed with the quality of Leinster during their Champions Cup loss. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

True wisdom tends to come from independent observation. Chris Boyd has climbed high enough up the rugby food chain in his 61 years to understand what (...)

Chris Boyd: the wily Northampton Saints coach has led the club to the top of the Premiership table. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Over the last 20 years Northampton have gone from Heineken Cup champions in 2000, to the bottom of the English Premiership, then into the Heineken Cup(...)

Northampton lock Courtney Lawes will miss Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup game against Leinster at Franklin’s gardens. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England secondrow Courtney Lawes will miss Saturday’s Heineken champions Cup clash against Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday and is only rate(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

Eddie Jones: “We are ready for the game, we’ve had two-and-a-half years to prepare for this game.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup semi-final: New Zealand v England Kick-off: 9am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: International Stadium, Yok(...)

Ireland’s  Conor Murray  is tackled by New Zealand flanker Sam Cane. “Underhill and Curry have been pretty impressive,” said Cane. “They’ve both got a huge appetite for hard work, very good skill sets.” Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Gettty

It would probably only deepen the wounds from last Saturday’s quarter-final in Tokyo Stadium were England to dethrone New Zealand in next Saturday’s p(...)

Billy Vunipola picked up an ankle injury during England’s win over Argentina. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

England are still sweating on the fitness of Billy Vunipola after the No 8 suffered a twisted ankle against Argentina on Saturday. Vunipola has had a (...)

England’s head coach Eddie Jones answers questions from the media in Tokyo this morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie Jones has resisted the temptation to restore the fit-again Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell into his starting XV to face Argentina on Saturday but (...)

Owen Farrell will start inside George Ford in England’s opening clash with Tonga on Sunday. Photograph: Mark R Cristino/AFP/Getty

George Ford and Owen Farrell have been named together in England’s starting XV for their Rugby World Cup opener against Tonga, with Eddie Jones unleas(...)

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(...)

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