England captain Chris Robshaw during training yesterday ahead of this morning’s final Test

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Brian Smith: New Zealand will not be underestimating this weakened squad – they haven't forgotten 2012

They will feel that England are one of the few sides who genuinely have their measure
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Dan Cole unlikely to play in England's Autumn Internationals as he is to undergo surgery on a bulging disc in his neck that will keep him out for six months

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Mike Brown picks up the England play of the year award to continue his spell of domination as the Rugby Players Association recognise the best players this season

Jonny Wilkinson retirement: Coaching role beckons for Wilkinson as he admits helping England does interest him - and Stuart Lancaster

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Jonny Wilkinson retires: Jonny Wilkinson, an icon of the modern game, calls it a day

World Cup hero who set new levels of professionalism to retire at end of Toulon’s season

Here’s Jonny: Jonny Wilkinson will be in action for Toulon against Munster

Jonny Wilkinson retirement: Former England fly-half confirms he will bring the curtain down on his playing career at the end of the season

Wilkinson has two matches remaining in which he could land the Heineken Cup and the Top 14 trophies before ending his illustrious career

Mike Brown poses with the 2013-14 Player of the Year award

Aviva Premiership awards: Mike Brown named Player of the Season as Saracens' Mike McCall picks up director of rugby award

The end-of-season awards ceremony recognise Brown for his tremendous form for Harlequins this season

England went out to France in the 2011 World Cup. Next year’s event on home soil may bring domestic strife with clubs

Ian Ritchie must appease clubs ahead of 2015 World Cup

Ian Ritchie may have emerged from the vicious turf war over European club rugby with an enviable reputation as a problem-solving boardroom tactician – only a skilled negotiator could have convinced some of the sport’s most powerful figures their bunker mentality would lead them to ruin – but the Rugby Football Union chief executive faces a second challenge ahead of next year’s home World Cup that will test his gifts of persuasion to the limit.

New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu has suffered a minor stroke

New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu suffers minor stroke as World Cup winner is ruled out for at least a month

Weepu thanked fans for their support and said he is already looking forward to returning to action

Heineken Cup: Final agreement expected later today on new 20-team tournament to save European rugby future

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Jonny Wilkinson set to bring curtain down on playing career as World Cup winner is 'set to retire' at the end of the season

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