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Eddie Jones reckons his England team were just much fitter than Ireland in their Six Nations win at Twickenham. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

A fully justified Eddie Jones is either a joy to behold or something to be avoided at all costs, depending on your colours. He cannot help rubbing sal(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton: “Cian Healy, James Ryan, Tadhg Furlong, CJ Stander – they’re pretty physical to me,” he says “Josh [van der Flier] is pretty physical. Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw.” Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

Johnny Sexton doesn’t quite lick his lips. But there has been plenty of talk of colliding bodies in Twickenham. He’s never been averse to it. The Ir(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones talks to Jonathan Joseph during an England training session. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie Jones insists England have a back three to face down Ireland’s aerial threat after being forced into a reshuffle for Sunday’s Twickenham collisi(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to play Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie Jones has been forced into selecting Jonathan Joseph on the wing against Ireland after George Furbank was ruled out through injury. Joseph comes(...)

Cian Healy in action against Scotland: “You’d be watching how he [O’Connell] played, you can see a lot of it in the way James Ryan is as a ball-carrier, that front-foot stuff. If someone does that in a team, that’s infectious.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“One look from those eyes,” as Ronan O’Gara put it when describing how Paul O’Connell could successfully demand more from a player. The bulk of the I(...)

Jordan Larmour scores a try against Wales. His blindside bouncing feet will create opportunities for Ireland.  Photograph: Bryan Keane

Don’t be fooled by Eddie Jones; England kick and they kick a lot; 29 times in the first half against Scotland. However they are especially dangerous (...)

 England head coach Eddie Jones with Manu Tuilagi during an England training session at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade are winning their fitness battles for England’s Six Nations clash with Ireland. Tuilagi and Slade have been recovering f(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki celebrate after their win against Wales in the Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 2 match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on February 8th. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki have fostered a great understanding that transcends their relationship on the rugby pitch with Connacht and Ireland – as(...)

Lewis Ludlam: “The moment I get really pumped up is during the anthems. That’s when my emotions are really high. The hairs stand up on the back of my neck and that’s when you really know you’re in it.” Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Lewis Ludlam is nothing if not passionate. Whether you consider his military metaphors before England’s Calcutta Cup victory to be inappropriate or i(...)

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