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Haskell is seeking his 51st cap after a year out of the England squad and feels that talk of being 'over the hill' is severely premature at 29 years of age

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Neil Back believes England will ultimately benefit from missing out on the Six Nations title, but warns only the Grand Slam is acceptable next year.

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England's Mike Brown celebrates after scoring a try during the Six Nations Rugby Union match between Italy and England at Rome's Olympic stadium (AP)

Six Nations 2014: England full-back Mike Brown named Player of the Championship

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Stuart Hogg (R) makes a late charge on Wales fly-half Dan Biggar (C) to earn himself a red card and subsequent three week ban

Six Nations 2014: Stuart Hogg had his ban for late charge on Wales fly-half Dan Biggar downgraded due to Scotland full-back's 'remorse'

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Warburton, right, dislocated his right shoulder in last weekend's Six Nations victory over Scotland

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Ireland players celebrate their Six Nations triumph on Saturday

Summer tours offer England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland chance to develop ahead of World Cup 2015

With the World Cup coming up next year, Chris Hewett examines if England can give the All Blacks a game, just what the Irish will do without O’Driscoll, Wales’ need to freshen up against the Springboks and the prospect of more Scottish gloom

Leading light: England captain Chris Robshaw takes centre stage in training – and aims to do the same in the match

Six Nations 2014: England vow to come back stronger, reveals Chris Robshaw

England feel agonisingly short as Ireland took the crown

George North runs in a try during Wales’ win over Scotland

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