03 June 2014 11:18 PM
England tour of New Zealand: Billy Twelvetrees losing battle to be fit for first Test as England turn to untried Freddie Burns-Kyle Eastmond combination
03 June 2014 09:13 AM
With Owen Farrell, Stephen Myler and George Ford unavailable, Burns is likely to start at fly-half with Eastmond outside him at 12 despite being short on fitness
England tour of New Zealand: Kieran Read ruled out of first Test in Eden Park as Kiwis also have injury doubt over talented wing Julian Savea
03 June 2014 08:44 AM
New Zealand have also seen flanker Sam Cane ruled out for the three-match series due to a knee injury as Steven Luatua and Matt Todd join squad
England vs All Blacks Auckland test: Alex Waller heads final battle survivors to join Red Rose squad
02 June 2014 11:36 PM
It has come too late for this weekend’s opening Test with New Zealand, the reigning world champions, at the impregnable Auckland fortress of Eden Park, but the England tour party is at least beginning to look like a proper red-rose squad. Stuart Lancaster, the head coach, added 16 players to his elite group yesterday after receiving a full medical bulletin on those involved in the profoundly debilitating Premiership final at Twickenham, and all will be available for the second meeting with the All Blacks in Dunedin on 14 June.
England tour of New Zealand: Aviva Premiership final match-winner Alex Waller among final squad additions as prop replaces injured Mako Vunipola
02 June 2014 09:11 AM
Vunipola has been ruled out after dislocating his knee-cap with Waller capping a weekend that saw him score the extra-time winning try for Northampton Saints against Saracens
England tour of New Zealand: David Wilson insists depleted England believe they can win first Test against the All Blacks
02 June 2014 09:00 AM
Prop says tourists will be underdogs at Eden Park as they battle without their Saracens and Northampton players but insists they can cause an upset and beat the world champions
02 June 2014 12:03 AM
Billy Twelvetrees, the key figure in England’s attacking strategy, is still struggling for fitness five days before the start of the three-Test series against the All Blacks and is now extremely doubtful to play in Auckland this weekend, though coach Stuart Lancaster has yet to rule him out.
01 June 2014 11:52 PM
Hosea Gear, the former New Zealand wing, scored two of the Barbarians’ five tries during a 39-29 victory over an inexperienced England team at Twickenham on Monday.
01 June 2014 12:00 AM
Gavin Henson’s hopes of reviving his international career this summer effectively disappeared when he was denied the chance to showcase his talents in front of head coach Warren Gatland and his staff in Friday’s first senior Wales trial match for 14 years.
31 May 2014 11:00 PM
No-one has beaten the All Blacks in Auckland for two decades and a depleted England have it all to do, writes Hugh Godwin
Wales tour of South Africa: Jonathan Davies ready for 'fiercely contested' Probables v Possibles trial match as Wales finalise tour plans
30 May 2014 08:44 AM
The Wales senior trial match will be revived after a 14-year absence to help coach Warren Gatland with his selection for the summer tour against the Springboks
27 May 2014 12:07 AM
Lancaster forced to take gamble on two stand-offs with suspect defences for first Test against the might of the All Blacks. Chris Hewett reports
27 May 2014 12:05 AM
The drums are beating loudly in support of Steffon Armitage, the Toulon flanker whose fine performance in last weekend’s Heineken Cup final victory over Saracens at the Millennium Stadium rekindled the argument over his absence from the England international team, but the cacophony is falling on deaf ears. Stuart Lancaster, the red-rose coach, made it abundantly clear on Monday that, short of a full-blown injury crisis in the weeks leading into next year’s World Cup, there will be no recall for the back-rower while he remains in exile.
England squad: Danny Cipriani and Chris Pennell named in 30-man squad to face Barbarians and New Zealand
26 May 2014 12:21 PM
Cipriani hasn't played for England since November 2008 but has been rewarded for his good form for Sale Sharks
Scotland squad: New head coach Vern Cotter includes six uncapped players in his first Scotland squad since taking charge
20 May 2014 01:10 PM
Cotter will lead Scotland on a tour of North America and the Southern Hemisphere for which he has named 43 players
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