Tom Wood

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Chris Ashton of England has been dropped for the opening Six Nations fixture against France. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England have dropped Chris Ashton for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France in favour of uncapped Exeter wing Jack Nowell. Ashton was selected (...)

 Northampton Saints’ Ken Pisi is tackled by Leinster’s Dave Kearney last weekend. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At the Aviva on Saturday, the ferocity and physicality really stood out. It really made a mockery of the idea put forward by some English journalists (...)

Northampton Saints winger  Jamie Elliott hares away for a breakaway try at the death in the Heineken Cup Pool One game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Nothing lost beyond redemption. Confidence dented, a pool crowbarred open and a Leinster team beaten in an area of the park they had prided themselves(...)

 Sean O’Brien in action against Northampton last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien has been passed fit to face Northampton in tomorrow evening’s return match (6pm) at the Aviva Stadium. O’Brien limped of(...)

The Connacht team before last weekend’s stunning 16-14 victory away to Toulouse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With all four Irish provinces winning on the weekend, it would be easy to get carried away. Connacht’s win was incredible, Leinster were as ruthless a(...)

Man-of-the-match Brian O’Driscoll during the game in Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Surely a backlash will follow. Or maybe Northampton will be unable to lift themselves after this 40-7 humiliation that equalled their worst ever defea(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan will start at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This will be interesting. No greater stamp of approval can be given to Dave Kearney, Ian Madigan and Rhys Ruddock than inclusion in this evening’s st(...)

Northampton Saints flanker Calum Clark has the height of respect for Leinster but is determined to gain some measure of revenge on Saturday for their Heineken Cup final defeat of 2011 against them. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s Houston in high summer and the youngest Irish side in half a century are inching towards America’s 22. Isaac Boss feeds Ian Madigan and the outha(...)

Owen Farrell during the captain’s run at Twickenham yesterday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Sport is about timing as much as talent. The 2013 British and Irish Lions have been rightly feted for their series victory over Australia but would th(...)

Northampton’s Ben Foden scores Saints third try during yesterday’s  Heineken Cup, Pool One match at Franklins Gardens, Northampton.

Northampton 27 Ospreys 16Northampton kick-started their Heineken Cup campaign with a priceless victory at Franklin’s Gardens that put them firmly back(...)

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