Sport Leigh Halfpenny celebrates Cardiff's Amlin Challenge Cup final win over Toulon in 2010

The full-back has scored over 350 points for Wales

RFU would block expanded Premiership

The Rugby Football Union would block proposals to expand the Guinness Premiership from 12 to 14 clubs.

Wasps threatened with winding-up order over unpaid taxes of £1m

Wasps, one of the great names in world rugby and among the most successful Premiership teams of the professional era, have been threatened with a winding-up order from the tax authorities over unpaid sums totalling more than £1m – a quarter of their officially sanctioned playing budget. The warning of action by HM Revenue and Customs was issued earlier this month and club officials are now discussing ways of clearing the debt as quickly as possible.

Cipriani to face nemesis Johnson with Barbarians

If you can't join them, you might as well try to beat them. Having tired of waiting for another chance to pull on the No 10 jersey for the first-choice England team, Danny Cipriani has accepted an invitation to play for the Barbarians in their two end-of season matches against international opposition – the first of which just happens to be England at Twickenham on Sunday 30 May.

Johnson defiant in the face of defeat

England manager sticks to his guns – and under-fire coaching team – after Paris loss

Flying Foden gives England new life but France take spoils

France 12 England 10: Revamped backline ensure Grand Slam is no pushover

Parra plays cool hand behind stronger pack

Agincourt, Joan of Arc, the Rugby World Cups of 2003 and 2007, the 2012 Olympics... this was payback time for a history of perceived French injustices at the hands of the hated English. A French Grand Slam set up by a rousing, roaring national anthem set the scene for an emotion-charged night in which the French worked industriously to achieve their first Slam since 2004 but their fifth in 13 years.

Ruck and Maul: Greenwood is punished by his own pupils at 'School of Hard Knocks'

Ever fancied giving a rugby pundit a good pasting? Sky Sports' 'School of Hard Knocks' will do it for you, in episode four of the series to be aired next Tuesday night. Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell are attempting to turn a bunch of East London ex-criminals and ne'er-do-wells into a rugby team, and the latest episode sees one player, known as Lucky, pile into Greenwood during a tackle session. A suitably gravelly voiceover comes from Steve "Phil Mitchell" McFadden of 'Eastenders' – surprising really, when Ross Kemp is the real-life rugby fan among the fictional brothers. Anyway, with two more episodes to come even the relentlessly positive Greenwood, whose dad Dick was one of England's greatest coaching innovators, is wondering if this motley crew are worth all the aggro.

Les Bleus complete Grand Slam with win over England

France 12 England 10

French shock at omission of Wilkinson

Lièvremont talks England up despite changes but admits to knowing little about Ashton

Wilkinson dropped in favour of Flood

Johnson also hands starts to Foden and Ashton in bid to increase England potency

Chris Hewett: Come in No 10, your time is up

Flood is more of a playmaker than Wilkinson, though neither has Cipriani's game

Flood replaces Wilkinson for England

Jonny Wilkinson has been dropped by England for only the third time in his 12-year international career.

Borthwick in doubt as England lick wounds

Knee problem threatens captain's chances of leading weakened side against France

Borthwick fitness concern for England

England have concerns over the fitness of captain Steve Borthwick ahead of Saturday's final RBS 6 Nations championship game with France.

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