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Wasps’ Jack Willis has been included in England’s squad for the autumn by Eddie Jones. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

George Ford is unavailable for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy on Saturday through injury but Jack Willis could win his first cap after he (...)

Johnny Sexton: “I think it was a good and bad time for the Six Nations to finish up for me.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton resumes his captaincy of Ireland having had way more time than he would have liked to mull over his last experience in the job. Ireland’(...)

Leicester Tigers director of rugby, Geordan Murphy. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty

Geordan Murphy was a few days into life as Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby when a pandemic-inspired nightmare visited the club. Manu Tuilagi is a (...)

Eddie Jones didn’t hold back when asked about the All Blacks’ production line. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie returns to NZ TV Our funniest jokes tend to be the harshest because they illuminate uncomfortable truths. The coronavirus, which apparently di(...)

Many of the  attacking skills of great players such as New Zealand’s Jeff Wilson were learned through unsupervised play on the local green or on the school playground. Photograph:  David Rogers/Allsport

I have consciously stayed away from the dregs of social media during the pandemic. The world is depressing me at every glance. Reading tweets from th(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and captain Johnny Sexton at the Ireland Rugby press conference in Energia Park, Donnybrook on Friday: ‘There are a lot of ifs, buts and maybes.’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Although Andy Farrell admitted he and the Irish squad remain in the dark about a possible date for rearranging next Saturday’s postponed Ireland-Italy(...)

Johnny Sexton in action during the Ireland open training session at Donnybrook on Friday. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish squad remain in the dark about when their postponed Six Nations match at home to Italy, scheduled for next Saturday but called off at the re(...)

England’s Maro Itoje and James Ryan of Ireland grapple during their  Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 3 match at Twickenham on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Change needed to happen before Twickenham. Now it has to happen before Paris. Nothing wholesale, nothing knee-jerk, but the time has come to reward in(...)

England’s Maro Itoje  scuffles with Ireland’s James Ryan and CJ Stander. Itoje was everywhere, his hands all over the fixture and he wasn’t alone. What a quality athlete and rugby player England have in their No 4 jersey.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

From the start, England laid their cards on the table. Electing for a split kick-off, with number eight Tom Curry sitting in behind George Ford, the o(...)

Manu Tuilagi is tap tackled by Conor Murray during England’s Six Nations victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Not for the first time Twickenham proved a graveyard for Ireland’s ambitions. No Triple Crown and, as a result, no shot at a Grand Slam either. What’s(...)

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