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Jonny Hill starts for England on Saturday. File photograph: Getty Images

England have given a debut to Exeter lock Jonny Hill as they stage their final push for the 2020 Six Nations title against Italy on Saturday. Hill pa(...)

James Ryan in action on his Ireland debut against France at the Stade de France in February 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History has proved that Warren Gatland is capable of anything when it comes to selecting a team. Making James Ryan his British and Irish Lions captain(...)

Leinster training has had a little more normality to it this week - we began passing the ball again. File photograph: Inpho

Week two of restricted training has continued with the basics, but with some differences from week one. Instead of three days training we have four. O(...)

England’s Maro Itoje and James Ryan of Ireland grapple during their  Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 3 match at Twickenham on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Change needed to happen before Twickenham. Now it has to happen before Paris. Nothing wholesale, nothing knee-jerk, but the time has come to reward in(...)

England are back in contention for the 2020 Six Nations after Sunday’s crushing win over Ireland. Photograph: EPA

Redemption day; Eyes on the prize; Turbo-charged England back to their best; England land a KO to rekindle Six Nations bid. A selection of Monday mor(...)

Leicester’s Dan Tuohy was forced to retire from rugby this week. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The difficulty with speaking the truth is that it often offends but the core of rugby, seemingly, is “rotten”. Former Ulster and Ireland lock Dan Tuoh(...)

Tom Curry of England makes a typical break during the victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

On one of those excruciating Twickenham days, beneath it all was Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, the ghost and the darkness of English rugby. Remember A(...)

England’s number eight Tom Curry (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Getty Images

England’s backrow feels incomplete, certainly unbalanced, when denied the force of nature that is Billy Vunipola. The sight of this giant careering of(...)

A lineout during Ireland’s heavy defeat to England at Twickenham last August. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

England v Ireland, Twickenham, Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media TV and ITV. This should be instructive. Over the course of the pivotal third (...)

Owen Farrell and George Ford in action during an England training session at Pennyhill Park ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations game against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

15 Elliot Daly (Saracens) Age: 27 Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 98kg (15st 6lbs) Caps: 41 Switches from left wing to fullback following an injury to George F(...)

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