‘It wasn’t actually a true reflection of... what we were about, but you’re fighting a tidal wave at that point,’ said Martin Johnson about England’s 2011 World Cup campaign

Martin Johnson breaks silence to defend England's 2011 World Cup disaster

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Aaron Cruden drunk: From punching security guards to walking into a bar naked and assaulting two tourists - the All Blacks' history with drunk incidents

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New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden pictured in The Zookeeper's Son on a late-night drinking session

All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse

Fly-half says he 'made a poor decision regarding the limits of my alcohol intake' but is still dropped from the tour of Argentina and South Africa

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England shirt launch: RFU apologise for including Victorian Cross-design after criticism claiming it 'touched a raw nerve with a lot of people'

The RFU released a statement saying 'it was certainly never our intention to cause this'

England's 2014/15 home kit

England launch new home and away kit – but will this be the strip that takes them to World Cup glory?

The latest incarnation of England’s two strips have been released, but it won't be hanging around for long

New Zealand's openside flanker captain Richie McCaw holds the Freedom Cup after their win during the Rugby Championship Test between New Zealand and South Africa

New Zealand vs South Africa match report: All Blacks maintain unbeaten run as Richie McCaw lays the platform for narrow victory

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Lions players celebrate after the final whistle, moving a step closer to winning the series (Dave Hunt/EPA)

Scottish Independence: The British and Irish Lions could face name change

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New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter is unlikely to play in the remainder of the Rugby Championship

Rugby Championship 2014: Dan Carter unlikely to play in remainder of tournament as New Zealand fly-half continues recovery from broken leg

Carter suffered the injury in the Super Rugby final defeat against the Waratahs and the Crusaders' fly-half is unlikely to feature for the All Blacks

Richie McCaw's New Zealand will play their first match in Samoa next summer

New Zealand confirm they will play first ever Test in Samoa next year as part of 2015 World Cup preparations

The reigning champions have been under political pressure to announce the fixture as they prepare to travel to the Pacific Island for the first time

Rob Horne runs in to score the match-winning try for Australia against South Africa

Australia vs South Africa match report: Rob Horne's late try clinches thrilling victory for Wallabies for first Rugby Championship win

Horne scored two minutes from time with Bryan Habana in the sin-bin on his 100th cap to give the hosts a narrow 24-23 victory

Julian Savea crosses the line for a try in New Zealand's 28-9 win over Argentina

New Zealand vs Argentina match report: Julian Savea double helps All Blacks grind out victory

The world champions have struggled to put away the Pumas in recent times and struggled once again before battling to a 28-9 win

England captain Chris Robshaw looks dejected after the final whistle following the narrow 20-15 loss to New Zealand

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie gives no excuses for New Zealand whitewash as he admits 'disappointment and frustration' with England loss

Stuart Lancaster's side suffered  3-0 defeat against the All Blacks despite narrowly missing out in the first Test

James Simpson-Daniel in action during his last appearance for Gloucester, against Newcastle last year

England lose a little magic as James Simpson-Daniel quits due to ankle injury

The 32-year-old won only 10 full caps, as fitness issues set him back at important times

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