Luther Burrell gets on the ball during England training at Pennyhill Park yesterday

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Chris Robshaw during an England training session at Pennyhill Park

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The sides clash in Paris for the latest World Cup warm-up

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Ireland’s Chris Henry scores his side’s first try in their World Cup warm-up victory over Scotland in Dublin
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It is the first of four matches, with home-and-away games with Italy to follow before Scotland head to Paris

Rugby League convert Sam Burgess is comfortable in our system, says Andy Farrell

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Calum Clark catches the ball during the captain's run at Twickenham on Friday

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France will provide real test for England's 'fringe' players

Henry Slade makes his England debut against France at Twickenham

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