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Sale sack head coach Brewer

Sale Sharks have announced the immediate departure of their head coach Mike Brewer.

Brewer braced for Brive test

Sale Sharks head coach Mike Brewer will read little into Brive's current "crisis club" status ahead of today's Amlin Challenge Cup game in France.

RFU warned of challenge to its plan not to select players based abroad

The chief executive of the rugby players' Association, Damian Hopley, has warned England's stance on not selecting players based abroad could be challenged under European law.

Rob Andrew defends overseas player policy

Director of elite rugby Rob Andrew feels the Rugby Football Union's new rules on player eligibility will help England to approach the 2015 World Cup with their emerging stars at their best.

England harden stance on overseas players

England today hardened their position on selecting overseas-based players by declaring they will only be chosen after the 2011 World Cup in "exceptional circumstances".

Fleet-footed England sunk by the Bismarck

England 11 South Africa 21: Johnson's side scuppered by brute force of Springbok forwards and early injuries to key players Croft and Flood

Ashton's fire reduces Australia to ashes

England 35 Australia 18: Wing points the way to the World Cup for an England side suddenly bristling with attacking intent

Cole: 'I hope the packs want to have a go at each other'

Dan Cole knows England's win in Australia in June was largely down to their front-row superiority and the prop expects more of the same today, he tells Chris Hewett

England bring in Hartley to face Australia

Dylan Hartley will start at hooker for England against Australia.

Johnson's triers fail to bridge gap in class

England 16 New Zealand 26: Spirited England comeback cannot overcome difference in execution and skill exposed by Gear and Read

Johnson's flawed World Cup plan needs fillip of All Black scalp

Coach remains calm but there are differing England views on how to tackle the visitors

England pick a fight in mocking the All Blacks' attacking style

The way their rivals tell it, England reached the final of the last World Cup in 2007 playing "anti-rugby" – a profoundly negative, forward-driven, kick-obsessed style of union that undermined the tournament as a spectacle and drove the law-makers to seek radical new ways of selling the sport to a mass audience. The way the red-rose hierarchy told it yesterday, the killjoy spirit is alive and well. Martin Johnson's side will go into this weekend's highly significant match with New Zealand at Twickenham with one change in their starting line-up – Andrew Sheridan for Tim Payne at loose-head prop – and no change at all in their mindset.

Andrew Sheridan returns to face New Zealand

Andrew Sheridan will return to the England front row after a 20-month absence for Saturday's showdown with New Zealand after recovering from shoulder surgery.

Johnson labours to find the right midfield mix

Experimentation? Martin Johnson never had the inclination, and now he doesn't have the time either. The seventh World Cup is less than a year away, so the prospects of the manager ripping things up and starting again at this stage in the game are on the distant side of remote. The vast majority of those who beat Australia last time out, in Sydney back in June, will take the field against the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday, and unless something really drastic happens – a defeat of 25 points or more – they are likely to stay together for the meeting with the Wallabies a week later.

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