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Chris Wyles of Saracens scores his side’s third try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against  Wasps at Allianz Park. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Saracens 57 Wasps 33 Owen Farrell’s flawless goalkicking helped Saracens overwhelm Wasps 57-33 in an action-packed Aviva Premiership semi-final at Al(...)

Dylan Hartley: missed Northampton’s last two matches after showing symptoms of concussion. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Dylan Hartley’s place on England’s tour of South Africa this summer is in question after Northampton admitted the national captain’s latest concussion(...)

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(...)

 Eddie Jones: “When you lose a game of rugby it’s not your ability to play rugby, it’s not your fitness, it’s your ability to mentally come back from the game and that’s being tested at the moment.” Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Eddie Jones, now more than ever, needs a victory. The England coach has travelled this path before, he has brought the ire of many down upon himself, (...)

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 (...)

Devin Toner’s ability to disrupt the opposition lineout could see him keep his starting place for the Six Nations clash against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Although it will be the furthest thing from their minds this week as they seek only the third Grand Slam in the history of Irish rugby, the Irish squa(...)

 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(...)

France players celebrate at the final whistle of the Six Nations match against England at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

France 22 England 16 Eddie Jones insists England are negotiating an inevitable slump where the “game does not love you” after France handed Ireland t(...)

 Sam Underhill sprints carrying a weight during an England training session held at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

As a contrast to England’s repeated failure to find a successor at openside flanker to Neil Back one has only to look at how New Zealand coped with Ri(...)

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