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Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton kicks a penalty in the Six Nations game against England at the Aviva stadium in February 2019. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Sitting in the corner of a pub on the outskirts of Taunton is the man whose unseen work could shape the upcoming World Cup. Without him Jonny Wilkinso(...)

Danny Cipriani has made an impressive start to the season with Gloucester. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Increasingly Danny Cipriani looks fated to be a quiz answer for years to come. Name the most gifted English sportsman of his generation who never play(...)

Leinster  senior coach Stuart Lancaster: “With Leinster I was lucky in that I came into a team that has a strong culture and a very strong identity because 90% of the players are born in Leinster.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Perhaps in the darkest hours of World Cup 2015, Stuart Lancaster was guided by Winston Churchill’s reverberating utterance that “success is not final,(...)

Stuart Lancaster: “My aim is . . . trying to do the right thing on a daily basis, trying to do the right thing for Leinster, trying to improve the players, to improve the environment.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Rob Andrews unexpected memoir tears open a healing wound. The former RFU director of rugby has revived harsh criticism of former England coach Stuart (...)

If the lines of communication from club to county board to central council to Congress were working, there wouldn’t be any need for a Club Players Association.   Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As a man who enjoys all the meats of the sporting stew, I was at the Ireland v New Zealand game last weekend with my father, who hadn’t been to Lansdo(...)

“We’re obviously aware of what’s at stake. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work it out,” says England coach Stuart Lancaster of his side’s World Cup clash with Australia. Henry Browne/Reuters

Stuart Lancaster and Chris Robshaw were explaining on Thursday how players remove themselves from what could otherwise become a suffocating world of(...)

 Graham Rowntree: “This team will only get better and better with experience, let’s all agree that. I can see that from working with the guys day in, day out. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Graham Rowntree insists England can win the World Cup despite possessing a team whose best years lie two to three years in the future. Rowntree, the R(...)

Jannie de Beer drops his fourth of five goals against England in the 1999 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Photograph: Getty

It would be fair for England to consider themselves world rugby’s drop-goal connoisseurs. In 1991 they beat Scotland by a point to reach the World Cu(...)

Rob Andrew’s drop goal gave England victory over Australia with the last kick of the 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Getty

Australia against England is one of sport’s finest and most intriguing rivalries, whether the two nations are competing for a 15cm-tall urn or on a ru(...)

Zinzan Brooke scored a stunning drop goal as New Zealand blew England out of the water in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Getty

It seems ridiculous to think now but in the lead up to the 1995 World Cup New Zealand were, for once, not necessarily the favourites. In 1994 the All(...)

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