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Maro Itoje during an England recovery session in Miyazaki last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie Jones believes England have an edge over their World Cup rivals because of the steps taken to ensure they are ready to play in the sweltering he(...)

 Chester Williams of South Africa  during their 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Western Samoa in Johannesburg.  File photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The iconic picture from the 1995 World Cup final of Nelson Mandela presenting Francois Pienaar with the William Webb Ellis trophy gifted rugby and Sou(...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

England’s Joe Cokasaniga scores his side’s first try of the game against Ireland during the World Cup warm-up clash at Twickenham, London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England 57 Ireland 15 True, it was the first hit out of the season for all but three of the side. They were in warm-weather training in Portugal unti(...)

Joe Cokanasiga (L) and Tom Curry celebrate with Manu Tuilagi after the centre’s try against Ireland. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

England 57 Ireland 15 A heavy beating was always conceivable as there were several mitigating factors pointing towards it. But even so, thi(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose, Ross Byrne and Josh van der Flier after Ireland’s victory over Italy in Chicago last November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At face value it would appear that Ross Byrne has been thrown into the white hot furnace of Twickenham in making his full Test debut against England t(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to play Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Tom Curry and Sam Underhill will line up either side of Billy Vunipola in a new-look, highly mobile backrow against Ireland on Saturday as England coa(...)

Ben Te’o is not in Eddie Jones’ England squad. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ben Te’o has been overlooked for England’s 31-man World Cup squad in a shock omission by Eddie Jones. Te’o has lost out to Piers Francis among the fo(...)

 Ben Te’o during an England gym session in Treviso, Italy, last month. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ben Te’o is a surprise omission from the England squad preparing to face Wales on Sunday, casting doubt on his place at the World Cup. Eddie Jones has(...)

 Danny Cipriani during an  England training session held at the Lensbury Club on  in London on July 9th. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Cipriani seems destined to end his career without having played in a World Cup after he was left out of the 38-member England squad that flew to(...)

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