Ireland vs England: Mike Brown fails in bid to recover from concussion as Alex Goode and Jack Nowell step in for Dublin test

England travel to the Aviva Stadium to take on fellow unbeaten side Ireland on Sunday but Brown has failed to prove his fitness after suffering a head injury

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Papé escapes with 10-week ban, adding insult to injury for Heaslip

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Six Nations 2015: Scotland to appeal against ban for Finn Russell

Scotland, struggling again in the Six Nations after two frustrating defeats, were plunged into an even darker mood when disciplinary chiefs slapped a two-week ban on the Glasgow outside-half Finn Russell, who will miss next week’s meeting with Italy as a result.

Jonny May (right) was singled out for criticism for his failure to take advantage of an overlap against Italy

Six Nations 2015: Under-fire Jonny May faces being dropped for Dublin as England consider changes to back line

Wing's immediate future clouded by Stuart Lancaster's decision to retain Jack Nowell in the 17-man training squad

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell takes out his Welsh opposite number, Dan Biggar, during Sunday’s game at Murrayfield

Six Nations 2015: Sin-bin pair Finn Russell and Pascal Pape both facing further sanctions

France lock Pape was sin-binned after kneeing Heaslip during a ruck in Ireland's win

Jonathan Sexton, Stuart Lancaster, Mathieu Bastareaud, Stuart Hogg and the England pack

Six Nations 2015: Five things we learnt this weekend, including England's slow start, Scotland lack cutting edge and France need pace

The return to form of Jonathan Sexton and England's tight-five dominance were key talking points in the second round of Six Nations action

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Six-year-old England mascot Harry Westlake steals the Six Nations with passionate rendition of God Save The Queen

The young mascot began trending on Twitter after he was pictured belting out the national anthem ahead of England's 47-17 win over Italy

Mike Brown, left, has entered the ‘return to play’ protocols and will miss at least a week’s training

Six Nations: Dublin doubt over concussion victim Mike Brown

Lancaster revealed that the Rugby Football Union sanctioned extra medical assistance for the Italy match

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