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Tom Curry tackles James Lowe during England’s win over Ireland. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Seventeen years have now elapsed since England won their first – and so far only – Rugby World Cup on an unforgettable night in Sydney. All the social(...)

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(...)

England assistant coach John Mitchell says they are ready for whatever Ireland throw at them on Saturday at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Mitchell insists England must be ready for a fight to the end against Ireland in Saturday’s pivotal Autumn Nations Cup clash at Twickenham. Eddi(...)

Dion O’Cuinneagain (with headband) celebrates the Five Nations win over Wales at Twickenham in 1999 with Conor O’Shea, Victor Costello and Paddy Johns. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Allsport

Professional rugby, having turned 25 this week, remains at a perilous crossroads. The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 has never f(...)

Sam Underhill (left) and  Tom Curry warming up during the England captain’s run at Murrayfield. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland v England Kick-off: 4.45pm. Venue: Murrayfield. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 4.15pm. On TV: Live on (...)

The new head coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster, during a New Zealand training session in Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ian Foster will be the first All Blacks boss without previous international head coaching experience since 2003 when he takes over next year but few (...)

Rory Best:  “You’ve a duty when you put on a Barbarians shirt to put on a show. To keep the value of the Barbarians we’ve got to find a way to win as well.” Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Rory Best believes one of the benefits of retiring is that he will not be obliged to attend the postmortem into Ireland’s latest failure to make the s(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones with his defence coach John Mitchell. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Attacks win games and defences win tournaments, say the wise and knowing and, of course, defence coaches. But there’s no doubt that one of the great p(...)

South Africa’s Faf de Klerk trains ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Anne-Christine Pouloulat/AFP/Getty

As seemingly thousands more English fans descend on Tokyo, with more to come and many of them without tickets, their team’s defence coach John Mitchel(...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read after the defeat to England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the  Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Some get to pen their own exits, be it Brian O’Driscoll to Derek Pender in our neck of the woods, or in Rugby World Cups most recently there was the A(...)

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