Joe Marler’s ban will expire without missing any matches for club or country.  Photograph: Reuters

England expect Joe Marler to be available for selection when international fixtures resume amid suggestions the loosehead prop was considering walking(...)

Anthony Watson will miss England’s Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Murrayfield with a calf problem. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Anthony Watson will miss a second-successive Six Nations match after suffering a setback in his recovery from a calf problem. The England wing has be(...)

Matt Proudfoot will join the England coaching staff after being part of Rassie Erasmus’s coaching ticket that helped South Africa win the Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ten weeks and three months after South Africa’s pack laid the foundation for World Cup victory over England, Eddie Jones has turned to the Springboks’(...)

Rassie Erasmus, the South Africa head coach, holds aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after their victory over England in the World Cup Final in  Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Springboks issues: History is initially written by the victors but that does not mean glaring concerns surrounding the Springboks should be ignored.(...)

 Matt Proudfoot, South Africa’s forwards coach: “If you have watched how we have played in the World Cup you can see how we will play on Sunday.” Photograph:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

South Africa are exasperated that, before their quarter-final on Sunday, the questions they are asked are invariably about their rivals and tournament(...)

New Zealand’s Richie Mo’unga  and teamates take part in a training session in Koto on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

As the thunderstorms gather for the weekend hereabouts, there has simply never been a thunderous collision on the opening weekend of a World Cup to co(...)

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus and his assistants will work with the country’s four Super Rugby franchises ahead of the World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and his assistants are to spread out across the country’s four Super Rugby teams to offer support as they look to ha(...)

 Taulupe Faletau is set to return to the Wales side for their final November clash against South Africa. Photograph: Getty/MIchael Steele

Taulupe Faletau looks set to make a Test match return on Saturday — despite playing less than an hour of competitive rugby in 12 weeks. The Bath numb(...)