Sam Simmonds

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 England’s Danny Cipriani will start Saturday’s third Test against South Africa at Newlands. Photograph: PA

Outhalf Danny Cipriani will make his first start for England in almost a decade and there is a return for flanker Chris Robshaw as coach Eddie Jones s(...)

Ireland players celebrate the Grand Slam.  It’s important after scaling the mountain top to relax your mind for the way back down because there’s always another peak on the horizon. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

I remember waking up the morning after the 2009 Grand Slam with an unexpected feeling in my gut. We did it. What’s next? That Sunday was a blur. Co(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola could miss their Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Leinster. Photo: Getty Images

Billy Vunipola could miss Saracens’ Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster after director of rugby Mark McCall revealed his fitness remains shro(...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale makes history with Ireland’s third  try at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England 15 Ireland 24 Ireland sealed the deal in, of all places, Twickenham and on, of all days, St Patrick’s Day to warm the cockles of a sizea(...)

England’s Sam Simmonds has emphasised the importance of the breakdown battle.  “It’s frustrating, but it can only be improved by us. We know we have to be better at it.”  Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/getty

Possession is nine-tenths of the law is an aphorism that translates to rugby with an appreciable resonance. Ireland will chase a third Grand Slam in (...)

 Dylan Hartley is expected to return to action for England in Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

England have received mixed news on the injury front after Dylan Hartley and Elliot Daly were declared fit to face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday o(...)

 Ben Te’o runs with the ball during an England training session held at Pennyhill Park this week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Talk of revolutions and guillotines is always tempting when a teamsheet is significantly rejigged on the eve of a big game in Paris. A new captain, a (...)

 Eddie Jones: “They have brought out every strategy you can think of. I’m sure there’s an ex-Scottish player ready to come out today  and say something about how they hate us, they want to rub our nose in something, we don’t respect them.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Eddie Jones insists England do not need mind games to motivate them for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland. Jones has adopted a tactful app(...)

Gareth Anscombe’s ’try’ against England was disallowed by the TMO. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Eddie Jones has criticised World Rugby for publicly admitting the TMO, Glenn Newman, was wrong to disallow Gareth Anscombe’s try during England’s 12-6(...)

England’s number 8 Nathan Hughes is tackled by France’s  Guilhem Guirado during their Six Nations  match  at Twickenham earlier this month. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

England have lost one No 8 but gained another before the Calcutta Cup showdown against Scotland in Edinburgh next week. Exeter’s Sam Simmonds, one of (...)

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