Courtney Lawes

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England’s Jack Nowell celebrates with try scorer Elliot Daly in their victory over Ireland at the Aviva last weekend. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: England v France Kick off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Virgin M(...)

England’s Maro Itoje leaves the pitch with an injury during the  Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Maro Itoje is set to miss England’s Six Nations matches against France and Wales and may be out for the rest of the tournament, because of knee ligame(...)

England’s Elliot Daly scores a try after a mistake by Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The words pierced through Irish hearts. The song that carries England wherever they roam, booming down from the Aviva’s upper tier, into a happy and g(...)

England’s Ben Youngs celebrates one of his team’s tries  at the Aviva Stadium. His  kicking wasn’t always accurate, but it kept Ireland pinned back and vulnerable to his side’s aggressive defence.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

There’s no good time to lose a match, but with so much interest in the Joe Schmidt bank losing games in this Six Nations is not a problem. But the man(...)

Tadhg Furlong’s progress is halted by the combined tackles from  England’s Mark Wilson and Maro Itoje during the Six Nations clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 20 England 32 This was like a step back in time, akin to the 2003 Grand Slam dunking, or much of the 90s, when juggernaut English teams came (...)

England centre Henry Slade dives over the line to score one of his two tries in the  Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland 20 England 32 No-one quite saw this coming, and certainly not to this scale, but as good as England were, Ireland were strangely off colour. (...)

Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray both start against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What is it? Ireland start off their Six Nations defence against England, the old enemy, and the hosts are hot favourites. All four Irish provinces ar(...)

 Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi has been named in the England side to face Ireland on Saturday.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Manu Tuilagi will make his first England start for five years after being named at inside centre for Saturday’s Six Nations opener in Ireland, where (...)

England defence coach John Mitchell. “Ultimately it will come down to a small piece of possession; when you’re not focused that can hurt you in a contest like this.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It requires little imagination to guess what England can expect in Dublin this Saturday. The Aviva Stadium will be chilly and raucous, the Irish pack (...)

A   television official saw the boot of Courtney Lawes cross the invisible offside line a millisecond before TJ Perenara motioned to kick in the All Blacks' narrow victory over England

Crossing the line Sam Underhill will never score a try like that again. The brilliant young English openside is never going to bamboozle Beauden Barr(...)

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