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  • England World Cup failure is with me every day – Lancaster

    England World Cup failure is with me every day – Lancaster

    Not a single day goes by without Stuart Lancaster thinking about the host nation’s embarrassing first-round elimination from last year’s Rugby World Cup, the former England coach said yesterday. England, who went into the World Cup with huge...

  • Malta go down heavily to Switzerland

    Switzerland 29Malta 3 The Maltese national team suffered a heavy 29-3 defeat to Switzerland in another FIRA-AER Division 2A match, in Fribourg, yesterday. As the scoreline clearly indicates, this was a commanding performance from the home side who...

  • Britain opens Rio sevens door to 15-man code

    Players from the 15-man code will be eligible for Britain’s rugby sevens squad at the 2016 Olympics although time is short for any of them to stake a claim, officials said. The news is the latest twist in a long and complex story that began when...

  • Italy name O’Shea as coach

    Italy have named former Ireland full-back Conor O’Shea as their new coach, the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) said yesterday. The 46-year-old has signed a four-year contract starting in June to take charge of the team who finished bottom of this...

  • England secure first grand slam in 13 years

    England secure first grand slam in 13 years

    England ran in three tries to complete their first grand slam triumph since 2003 with a 31-21 Six Nations victory over arch-rivals France at the Stade de France last night. The visitors produced a powerful display but were ill-disciplined at...

  • England’s Care drawing inspiration from former team-mate Vardy

    England’s Care drawing inspiration from former team-mate Vardy

    Danny Care hopes some of the magic of Jamie Vardy’s season at Leicester City rubs off on England in today’s Grand Slam match against France. Care and Vardy spent their early teenage years playing at Sheffield Wednesday’s academy until the former...

  • Care and Vunipola start for England in France

    Danny Care and Mako Vunipola will start for England tomorrow after coach Eddie Jones announced two changes to his side to play France in Paris where a win would secure a Six Nations grand slam in his first season. Scrumhalf Care again swaps places...

  • England end five-year wait as Scotland beat France

    England end five-year wait as Scotland beat France

    England won the Six Nations for the first time since 2011 after Scotland beat France for only the second time in the competition with a 29-18 victory at Murrayfield yesterday. Defeat means France, who were beaten 19-10 by Wales a fortnight ago,...

  • England close in on title after late Welsh scare, Ireland win

    England close in on title after late Welsh scare, Ireland win

    England survived a terrific late Welsh surge to put one hand on their first Six Nations title for five years as an Anthony Watson try and 20 points for Owen Farrell helped them beat Wales 25-21 in a Twickenham thriller yesterday. The win secured...

  • England and Wales ramp up scrum tension

    The fires were stoked ahead of today’s Six Nations clash between England and Wales at Twickenham as both sides accused each other of illegal scrummaging in the lead-up to the potentially decisive showdown. Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde said...

  • Tuilagi named on England bench for Wales showdown

    Tuilagi named on England bench for Wales showdown

    England plan to unleash Manu Tuilagi in the second half of tomorrow’s RBS 6 Nations title showdown at Twickenham after selecting him on the bench against Wales. Tuilagi will resume his international career after a 21-month exile when he reinforces...

  • England stay on course for title

    England stay on course for title

    Eddie Jones took another significant step in the rebuilding of England yesterday as a 21-10 victory over champions Ireland at Twickenham kept them on course for a first Six Nations title since 2011 and a possible first grand slam since...

  • Ireland refuse to be drawn into ‘sideshow’ over Sexton

    Ireland refuse to be drawn into ‘sideshow’ over Sexton

    Rory Best has insisted Ireland will not be dragged into Eddie Jones’s “sideshow” on Johnny Sexton’s welfare ahead of today’s Six Nations clash with England. England boss Jones questioned the wisdom of Ireland fielding fly-half Sexton following his...

  • Warburton targeting title with Wales

    Captain Sam Warburton has underlined Wales’ desire to land another Six Nations title. Wales will go top of the championship if they beat Principality Stadium visitors France tonight, setting up a potential title showdown with England at Twickenham...

  • England cruise to victory

    England cruise to victory

    England delivered the “good hiding” of Italy demanded by Eddie Jones to leave the Stadio Olimpico with a 40-9 victory that keeps alive their Grand Slam quest. Jonathan Joseph plundered a hat-trick of tries in a final half-hour that was dominated...

  • Les Bleus burst into life at the Stade de France

    Les Bleus burst into life at the Stade de France

    France burst into life when Maxime Medard’s second-half try inspired them to their first victory over Ireland in five years with a 10-9 win in the Six Nations yesterday. Coach Guy Noves, who took over from Philippe Saint-Andre after last year’s...

  • Youngs, Lawes and Vunipola start for England against Italy

    Youngs, Lawes and Vunipola start for England against Italy

    Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola and Courtney Lawes will return to England’s starting team to play Italy in the Six Nations in Rome tomorrow while giant 21-year-old lock Maro Itoje is in line to make his debut from the bench. After beating Scotland 15-9...

  • Wales peg Ireland back to draw opener

    Wales peg Ireland back to draw opener

    Wales drew 16-16 with defending champions Ireland in an absorbing Six Nations opener yesterday, clawing back a 13-point first-half deficit to take the lead before Johnny Sexton levelled with a late penalty. With trips to France and England next...

  • England begin Jones era with victory as France beat Italy

    England begin Jones era with victory as France beat Italy

    England got the Eddie Jones era off to a victorious, if not quite glorious, start yesterday as tries by George Kruis and Jack Nowell earned them a 15-9 victory over Scotland in a nervy Six Nations clash at Murrayfield. Jones, who took over from...

  • England start afresh, Ireland look to Best

    England start afresh, Ireland look to Best

    Though England’s memories of last year’s global showpiece are arguably the most bitter, having become the first hosts to be eliminated at the pool stage, the quarter-finals were as good as it got for Ireland, Wales, France and Scotland in a...

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