Sporting underdogs allow us to fantasise that we too can conquer impossible odds, says Sam Kitchener. And for plucky no-hopers, nothing beats the Rugby World Cup
Owen Farrell retained at fly-half
Richard Wigglesworth hits back at criticism from former captain
Anthony Rose took off for the Isles for a taste
Gareth Bale and Co are considered the ninth best international team on the planet, a place higher than Roy Hodgson's side
What England must have at Edgbaston is a pitch that gives encouragement to Anderson in particular
England will be playing France on Tuesday at the Group F opener
Wayne Rooney put together the worst performance in a long time.
England won today's Twenty20 to retain the Ashes
A century from Nicole Bolton on her Australia debut thwarted England Women as they fell to a 26-run defeat in the second one-day international in Melbourne.
The French can talk a brilliant game, especially when England loom large on their horizon. "It's a mythical match for us," said Pascal Papé of Stade Francais, the new captain of Les Bleus, "and losing is not an option." Then came the coach, Philippe Saint-André, and his assertion that in Paris a week on Saturday, his side would "not start with the starter but begin with the main course, with roast beef straight away". When it comes to the word play, Stuart Lancaster and company struggle to keep pace.
The midfielder could qualify to play for the Three Lions
England were in shock. They were probably in meltdown as well. In losing to Australia by one wicket with three balls to spare after the last-wicket pair put on 57, it was entering the kind of territory where you wondered when they might win again.
England's women won their only Ashes Test against Australia by 61 runs in Perth and put six valuable points towards their bid to retain the trophy.
The bowler took three quick wickets to turn the Test around
Old boys helping Stuart Lancaster turn Mike Brown, Alex Goode and Co into a Six Nations scoring machine