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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(...)

  Lee Dickson passes the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

England have selected Lee Dickson ahead of Ben Youngs at scrumhalf for Saturday’s opening autumn international against Australia at Twickenham.Dickson(...)

 Ben Alexander of Australia: scarred by third Test performance against British and Irish Lions. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Australia prop Ben Alexander is haunted by his feeble scrummaging display in the third Test against the British and Irish Lions.The Wallabies’ woeful (...)

Dan Tuohy of Ulster catches Leicester’s Toby Flood with a straight arm, resulting in Flood being carried off injured and Tuohy sinbinned. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Andrew Fosker

It was hardly the ideal way to sign off your pre-season programme of friendlies, but at least being worked over at Welford Road gave Ulster a real sen(...)

 Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll hold the Tom Richards Cup aloft after the Lions won the final test match against Australia in Sydney to secure the first series victory in 16 years. Photograph: Getty

Australia 16 British and Irish Lions 41: So much for the momentum being with the Wallabies. Ultimately, the Lions saved their best until last so endin(...)

 Left to right - Owen Farrell, Jamie Heaslip, Tom Youngs, Alex Cuthbert, Adam Jones (under jacket), Ben Youngs and Sam Warburton watch the final moments of the second Test from the bench. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

So, not entirely surprisingly, it’s come down to this. It’s been that kind of season, that kind of tour. Both sides now have an 80 minute shot at fore(...)

The Lions’ front row in action against Australia last week in Melbourne.The Lions’ scrum is not interested in giving the ball to the backline. Phtograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

The Lions have done everything in their power to give the Tom Richards Trophy to the Wallabies.Two weeks ago when I was in Brisbane for the first Test(...)

Australia coach Robbie Deans

Australia coach Robbie Deans has given James O’Connor another chance at outhalf and promoted Kurtley Beale to starting fullback for the Wallabies’ mus(...)

Tommy Bowe has recovered from injury to be named for the second Lions test against Australia. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In the fall-out from the first test it was the woebegone Wallabies who seemed in greater need of overhaul but whereas they’ve made just two enforced c(...)

Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remainder of the tour. Photograph: Inpho

It is a measure of his contribution to date, both on and off the pitch, that Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remaind(...)

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