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The full-back has scored over 350 points for Wales

Ashton scores four as England spread wings

England 59 Italy 13: Satisfied Johnson calls his former Wigan wide boy a 'predator' after team performance of power and panache puts outclassed Italy to the sword

Jonny Wilkinson beginning to accept new England role

Jonny Wilkinson goes through hell sitting on England's bench - but he is slowly coming to terms with his new role.

James Lawton: England wash away the doubts as Flood parts Welsh defences

Yes, maybe it was a little early to talk too freely about an emerging England team of strength and a certain old, tough gravitas but let us put it this way: coach Martin Johnson came into Cardiff playing the quiet man oozing confidence and it wasn't so long before we had reason to understand why.

James Lawton: England's Gareth Edwards? Youngs can aim that high

The scrum-half has a maverick streak, a creative impulse born of nerve and imagination which last autumn achieved a stunning breakthrough against Australia

Gavin Henson switch to Toulon confirmed

Gavin Henson has completed his move to Toulon, the French Top 14 club have confirmed.

Henson quits Saracens to pave way for Toulon move

Gavin Henson, the celebrity ballroom dancer and occasional Wales midfielder who joined Saracens before Christmas in a bid to rejuvenate his union career, last night walked away from the Premiership club after making the grand total of four appearances – all of them some way short of brilliant. His request for contractual release, swiftly granted by the Watford-based team, paves the way for a move to France, where he has recently been seen talking to senior figures at big-spending Toulon.

Round-up: Wilkinson's deadly boot sends Munster out

Jonny Wilkinson kicked Toulon to a 32-16 Pool Three victory over Munster last night to help his team reach the knockout stages, but sending the Irish province out of the competition before the quarter-finals for the first time in 12 years.

Andrew Sheridan signs new deal with Sale

England prop Andrew Sheridan has ended speculation about his playing future by deciding to stay with Sale Sharks.

Courtney Lawes could still feature for England, says Martin Johnson

England manager Martin Johnson revealed today that Courtney Lawes could be back in action before the end of the RBS 6 Nations.

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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.

England to freeze out foreign-based stars

Andrew Sheridan, the loose-head prop whose form for England during the autumn internationals re-established him as one of the sport's leading tight forwards, has yet to reveal whether the lure of French riches will lead him to Toulon after next year's World Cup in New Zealand. This much is certain, however: if he crosses the water in pursuit of Mediterranean money, his international career will end pretty much there and then.

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".

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