England survived an early scare to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, with rather less assurance than New Zealand or Australia, but still with more than enough to spare.
The World Cup hosts meet France at the DW Stadium and home favourite Tomkins has identified hs opposite number as the man to watch
Thge French had hoped to face Fiji in the last eight but a 22-6 defeat to Samoa means they will meet the hosts for a place in the semi-finals
Rob Burrow demonstrated at the weekend that a role has to be found for him in the latter stages of the tournament, as England look to progress beyond the quarter-finals.
New England Sevens coach Simon Amor praised his players for adapting to a different style of play as they recorded a third-place finish in the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia’s Gold Coast.
Status Quo star Rick Parfitt has revealed he used a "double" for some scenes in his movie debut - who is actually black.
The government of Fiji has reacted angrily to the country's depiction in an undercover investigation that led to the resignation of MP Patrick Mercer.
Host's top group and will face South Africa in the quarter-finals
Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns is in line to make his England debut against New Zealand on Saturday after being called up as an injury replacement for Toby Flood.
Slow starts were very much in vogue yesterday. First New Zealand allowed themselves to be tied down by Italy before running out 42-10 winners in Rome, then France were caught by an early try-scoring charge from Argentina, but preserved their unbeaten record in Lille with a 39-22 victory, thanks in part to two tries by Vincent Clerc.
Captain Robshaw comes under fire for England's off-colour display
Former Fiji and Toulouse wing Maleli Kunavore died in hospital last night, the Fiji Rugby Union announced today.
Australia game now a must-win if England are to avoid potential group of death at World Cup
Three games into his international career, Tim Visser is the joint-third top try scorer in the current Scotland squad. The country's quest for a victory against New Zealand continues but in the midst of the 51-22 loss to the world champions on Sunday there were tangible signs that the long-time search for a potent finisher is finally meeting with success.
Stuart Lancaster warned England must be prepared for an Australian backlash in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.
Coach's view: England coach will want to emerge with a clear idea of who he can trust to deliver