World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson has helped promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Jonny Wilkinson ready to lend England coaches a helping hand as Stuart Lancaster offers World Cup winner chance to have his say

Wilkinson revealed that the current England coaching team - who have extended their stay until 2020 - have reached out to the former fly-half

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Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets: Deadline day for ballot, but majority of matches remain available - including England's first game

Only 15 of the 48 matches have reached their subscription capacity and England's opening match against Fiji is still available

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Chelsea consider switch to Twickenham whilst Stamford Bridge is redeveloped

The Blues could temporarily play at the home of rugby

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Clubs will continue to play during the group phase

Stuart Lancaster walks off the Eden Park pitch after his England side lost to New Zealand 20-15

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Richie McCaw lifts the World Cup trophy after success in 2011

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Ian Ritchie is exploring ways  for clubs to be able to fulfil fixtures during the World Cup

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England bring greater focus to Canada test after Kiwis’ reverse blows cup wide open

England admit tournament is wide open after Ireland beat New Zealand

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IRB loophole could see former New Zealand internationals switch allegiance and play for Samoa, Tonga and Fiji

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Mike Tindall retires: Centre become the last of England's 2003 World Cup team to retire

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