Sport England are perming three from eight for their wings and full-back. Chris Ashton favours the right wing

The Exeter wing gets his chance in Paris against France

Fact: players are too big for own good

Our unique comparison of 1971 and 2009 Lions tours reveals rugby is now a collision sport for muscular hulks, while exclusive stats show doctor's plea for change is well founded

Roberts savours 'surreal' experience

Jamie Roberts admits it will be a "surreal" experience playing alongside some of South Africa's biggest names just five months after terrorising them for the British and Irish Lions.

Ready for the Wallabies backlash?

Wales face a wounded and dangerous Australia side today – but coach Warren Gatland is ready for the challenge. He tells Chris Hewett why it's the perfect test of his team's World Cup credentials

Cueto signs new Sale deal

England back Mark Cueto has signed a new four-year deal with Sale Sharks.

Do England really need another veteran?

As Shaw, 36, joins squad to face the All Blacks, Chris Hewett asks why Johnson has failed to develop his most promising young talents

France show encouraging signs during Boks win

France has shown it has nothing to fear from stronger teams after standing up to South Africa's physical might during an impressive 20-13 win over the World Cup holders.

South Africa's 'Beast' in eligibility controversy

Confusion surrounded the international future of South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira yesterday after it emerged he may not be eligible to play for the Springboks.

Bell faces up to daunting Puma pack

Prop bullish but doubts over English muscle remain after Australian performance

England pull rank on Saints to keep Foden safely under wraps

Full-back must sit out the East Midland's derby against Tigers on red-rose orders

Wales can cope with injuries says Gatland

Wales will be without two British and Irish Lions scrum-halves for their opening autumn Test against New Zealand on 7 November.

Vickery adds to England casualty list

England have been dealt another major injury setback with the loss of World Cup winner Phil Vickery from their autumn Tests.

Phillips injury adds to Wales woe

Wales coach Warren Gatland may be dealt another major injury blow ahead of his team's autumn Test series opener against New Zealand.

Charvis charged with drink-driving

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions back-rower Colin Charvis has been charged with drink-driving.

Quins will blood new chief this year

Club seek director with Premiership experience to replace disgraced Richards

England set testing targets

The Rugby Football Union has just published details of its new eight-year strategic plan, which sets out minimum targets for the Test team of semi-final appearances in each of the next two World Cups, together with four Six Nations titles between 2010 and 2017, including a couple of Grand Slams. The sound of laughter from Cardiff, Dublin and Paris was almost deafening, but the great and good of Twickenham were more immediately concerned with the difficulties of managing their France-based players.

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