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Joe Launchbury’s return lifts England as All Blacks lose Aaron Cruden for World Cup

Injury news and concerns mounting ahead of tournament

New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee

Aaron Cruden injury: New Zealand fly-half almost certain to miss Rugby World Cup 2015 after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament

Cruden will have knee reconstruction surgery and is set to miss at least six months of action

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Bath's David Wilson and Joe Launchbury of Wasps are close to a return after serious injury setbacks

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Last Saturday the Six Nations witnessed a remarkable six hours of rugby and Twickenham staged one of its finest games. Here, the England prop relives the highs and lows

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Brown steps in as Jevans drops World Cup ball

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Tom Mitchell goes over for England against Wales

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England made a winning start to their campaign

Stuart Lancaster heads for the Twickenham dressing rooms on Saturday knowing England have finished second in the Six Nations for the fourth year running

Six Nations 2015: Not acceptable: RFU chief's stinging verdict on near-miss from Lancaster

Ritchie was unexpectedly sharp in his reaction to England’s fourth consecutive runner-up finish

Ben Youngs scores for England

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Jonathan Joseph, Jonathan Sexton, Stuart Hogg and Alun Wyn Jones

Six Nations 2015 team of the tournament: Jonathan Joseph and Jonathan Sexton lead the championship's best XV but who misses out?

Rugby union correspondent Chris Hewett selects his best XV from the 2015 Six Nations tournament

Lawrence Dallaglio and Jonny Wilkinson during the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2015: Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Robinson to reunite as ITV name bumper pundit line-up

Former international captains Gareth Thomas, Brian O'Driscoll, George Gregan, Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick also feature

George Ford scores a try during England’s 55-35 win over Franc

Six Nations 2015: George Ford's flair gives England much-needed magic dust

COMMENT: Others would have remained consumed by his failures. Ford simply put the demons away

Jack Nowell goes over for England during Saturday’s try-fest against France

England 55 France 35: A great adventure but don't expect it at World Cup time

No team will attack - or defend - the way England or France did in thriller

Jamie Roberts carries the ball for Wales

Six Nations 2015: 'Wales are better than before the last World Cup,' says Jamie Roberts

The squad is stronger and more experienced,' he said

Jamie Heaslip is mobbed by fans as the Ireland team arrive at Dublin Airport with the Six Nations trophy on Sunday

Six Nations 2015: Plan A is enough to give Ireland cause for optimism

There is something of England 2003 about the Irish 2015 model

Ireland captain Paul O' Connell lifts the trophy

Six Nations 2015: Five things we learnt from thrilling final round of the competition

England fell six points shy of securing the crowm

Mike Brown of England receives medical attention during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham
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