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

Six Nations 2014: Warren Gatland accentuates the positives as Wales fail to rewrite history despite Scotland thrashing

This Six Nations was supposed to be the moment Wales wrote a new chapter in the annals of rugby history. Warren Gatland had encouraged his players on the eve of the tournament to talk about the potential to take their place in the record books by becoming the first team to win three consecutive Six Nations titles.

Rosy future: England players applaud the fans in Rome after their win which capped a strong Six Nations

Six Nations 2014: Time for humility in house of Lancaster

England's players and fans need to keep expectations in check ahead of assault on the World Cup

Golden Brown: The England full-back goes over for the second of his two tries against Italy in Rome yesterday

Six Nations 2014: Mike Brown quick to thank wife of gold medallist

England full-back scores two tries then reveals how new sprint coach taught him to run faster

Greig Laidlaw of Scotland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland

Six Nations 2014: 10 things we've learnt at the tournament

Hugh Godwin on a tournament that kept us gripped until the very end

Wales 51 Scotland 3 match report: 14-man Scots are humiliated in Cardiff

Stuart Hogg red card gave Scotland no chance

France 20 Ireland 22 match report: Ireland hold on to give Brian O'Driscoll perfect end to glittering career

Irish seal Championship as a fitting tribute to the retiring legend

Italy 11 England 52 match report: Mike Brown helps England romp to win but title escapes their grasp

England run in seven tries in one-sided contest

Stuart Lancaster proud of England after Italy win

Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach, prefers to look forwards rather than backwards, but he could not help drawing a parallel between his side’s seven-try breeze past the Azzurri yesterday and the windswept performance they turned in against the same opposition a year ago, when they almost found themselves stranded on the rocks.

Gaël Fickou scores the late try that beat England in Paris last month

Six Nations 2014: France v Ireland - Fickou and ‘les kids’ hope to crash Ireland’s party

The numbers stack heavily against France. Of the three sides who could have the Six Nations trophy in their possession, it is Les Bleus who are the outsiders.

Six Nations 2014: Italy v England - France hold key to the title

There will be no taking Italy lightly this time, although Lancaster’s men need help from their old enemy in Paris

Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll will end his international career against France today

Six Nations 2014: France v Ireland - Final bow for Brian O’Driscoll, a genuine great

Chris Hewett hails the grand and unique career of the Irish centre, who declared his genius at Stade de France in 2000 and bids for his second Six Nations crown as a fitting send-off at the same venue

Gareth Jenkins will lead out Wales for a record 105th cap

Six Nations 2014: Wales v Scotland - King of the loose-heads Jenkins to break Wales caps record

When Scotland last defeated Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Gethin Jenkins was nine months away from his debut.

Joe Marler in training with the England squad at Pennyhill Park

Six Nations 2014: Mako Vunipola replaces Joe Marler in England squad due to birth of first child

The prop is to stay in London with his partner rather than travel to Italy

Joe Marler misses England’s final Six Nations game in Italy

Six Nations 2014: Joe Marler's participation against Italy may be the call of the midwife

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<b>Mike Tindall (England)</b><br/>
Could almost have filled this side full of English players such was the litany of PR disasters for Martin Johnson and his men. From dwarf throwing, to branded gum-shields to Manu 'Waterbaby' Tuilagi chucking himself into the Auckland water - and that's just off-the-pitch. But Tindall had to be included simply because his experience should've ensured he and his teammates never got ensnared in such extra-curricular nonsense. The newly married Royal rugby man was duly embarrassed by headlines of him cavorting with a blonde and it set the tone for England's disappointing performances that followed.
The 35-year-old won 75 caps for his country
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