Joe Launchbury

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 Wales star George North is out of contention for the British and Irish Lions’ South Africa tour after confirming he has suffered a serious knee injury. File photograph: PA

Wales star George North is out of contention for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa after confirming he has suffered a serious knee inju(...)

England’s Owen Farrell lifts the trophy  after beating France in the   Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

What verbal grenades is England head coach Eddie Jones priming? Jones is due to hold forth on the merits of the Large Hadron Collider and whether the(...)

 England have suffered a setback ahead of the Six Nations with Joe Marler and the injured Joe Launchbury both withdrawing from the squad. Photograph: PA

Joe Marler has ruled himself out of England’s entire Six Nations title defence in order to be with his family during the coronavirus pandemic. Marler(...)

England’s Maro Itoje competes in a lineout with Ireland’s James Ryan during the Autumn Nations Cup game at  Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland conceded possession at four of 17 lineouts during last weekend’s Autumn Nations Cup defeat to England at Twickenham, three of which took place(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try during the Autumn Nations Cup against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

England 18 Ireland 7 There wasn’t much for Ireland to take from a fourth successive defeat against England except maybe a collective headache as they(...)

James Ryan and Maro Itoje compete for the ball during the 2020  Six Nations match at Twickenham back in February. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Autumn Nations Cup: England v Ireland, Twickenham, Saturday, 3pm – Live on RTÉ One and Channel 4 If ever a game was as much about the performance as (...)

James Ryan reacts to Ellis Genge during Ireland’s defeat in Twickenham earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Not in our game, mate. Not part of our values, old chap. Not unless you are England or Sarries. Then it is fine to lord it over your opponent. Or roar(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

There are plenty of visions of the future around at the moment. One has three initials – CVC – and is entwining itself, triffid-like, around the comme(...)

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