Japan players celebrate their surprise victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan in Brighton. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer said that the result was “unacceptable; I have to apologise to the nation.” Harry Potter author JK Rowling twe(...)

Derby County manager  Frank Lampard,  celebrates victory over Leeds United in the second leg of the Championship playoff semi-final  at Elland. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

If you, like many people right now, are yearning for common courtesy, a sense of civility in these stricken times, then a word to the wise: don’t star(...)

Georgia and England players shake hands after a training session held at St Edwards’s School in Oxford, England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England forwards coach Steve Borthwick has played down the clashes that took place between England’s and Georgia’s players during training on Wednesd(...)

 England secondrow Maro Itoje has been ruled out of the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

England have confirmed that Maro Itoje will miss Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales because of knee ligament damage. Itoje sustained the injury (...)

Ellis Genge is an injury worry for England ahead of next week’s clash with Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

England are assessing the fitness of Ellis Genge as they ramp up preparations for their Six Nations title clash with Wales on Saturday week. Genge pu(...)

England’s Maro Itoje after the game against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

England hope that Maro Itoje will return in time to reinforce the final stage of their Six Nations title pursuit after being struck down by a knee inj(...)

England attack coach Scott Wisemantel with lock George Kruis at  a press conference in Dublin on Friday. Photograph:   Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

England’s attack coach Scott Wisemantel conceded that he was “surprised” to learn that Robbie Henshaw was selected at fullback for Saturday’s Six Nati(...)

Ireland celebrate at the full-time whistle  after defeating England  at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham. The worst place to lose, but the best place to win. Come the full-time whistle this afternoon the ground will either be reverberating to S(...)

Dylan Hartley is a doubt for England’s clash with France. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Dylan Hartley has emerged as a doubt for England’s Six Nations clash with France on Saturday, while Jack Nowell and Sam Underhill have been ruled out (...)

England’s Chris Robshaw says winning a big Test in hostile territory is as satisfying as almost anything in the game. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

England’s players insist they will not be affected by any “dirty tricks” which may be awaiting them before their Calcutta Cup game at Murrayfield. Dow(...)

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