Tom Youngs

Tom Youngs to make England debut against Fiji

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs will make his Test debut against Fiji on Saturday after being confirmed in one of the most inexperienced England sides of the professional era.

Freddie Burns of Gloucester

Gloucester duo Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees receive England training camp call-up

Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees, the two Gloucester midfielders mounting a strong case for promotion to the full England squad, have been called up for training ahead of this weekend's opening autumn international against Fiji at Twickenham.

Nick Evans of Harlequins

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Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea feels that Christmas has come early for his Aviva Premiership leaders after playmaker Nick Evans agreed a new three-year contract.

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Steve Diamond faces rough first task in effort to salvage Sale

It is a little early in the season to be talking of "do or die" matches, but if storm-tossed Sale sink like a stone against London Irish in Salford tonight, it may be a very long time before they come up for air. Steve Diamond, back in charge of team matters after this week's demotion of Bryan Redpath from rugby director to head coach, is determined to be off the bottom of the Premiership table by Christmas. That process starts here.

Ashton was cited for dangerous tackling against Northampton

Ban rules Chris Ashton out of England's Fiji match

As if England did not have enough problems ahead of the autumn international series, which begins at Twickenham on Saturday week with an awkward match against a Fijian side they know next to nothing about, they discovered last night that Chris Ashton, their most threatening wing, had been banned from the opening fixture by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary tribunal. The way is now clear for Charlie Sharples of Gloucester and Ugo Monye of Harlequins to occupy the wide positions against the tourists.

Chris Robshaw, the England captain, shows the media his shiner yesterday

Lancaster forced to rethink his battle-plan as Hartley and Lawes are ruled out

Stuart Lancaster may be a master of system and process, but there is not a system or process in the whole wide world of sport that can prevent a virulent outbreak of old-fashioned orthopaedic trauma. The England head coach acknowledged yesterday that the injury fallout from the last round of Premiership fixtures was every bit as serious as he feared at the time – and that it has cost him the services of Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and, almost certainly, Jonathan Joseph for the opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday week.

The getaway: Sarries’ Chris Ashton gives London Irish the runaround

Chris Ashton could be banned for autumn England internationals

Chris Ashton is in danger of being banned from the start of England's QBE autumn international series after he was called to appear at a disciplinary hearing in London tonight. 

Mullan brought in for Marler

England may have gathered at a new training base – the national football centre at St George's Park in Staffordshire – but they are suffering from an age-old problem: a rash of injury concerns ahead of the autumn internationals. Having called in two forwards, the London Irish hooker David Paice and the Harlequins lock George Robson, because of the trauma suffered by Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes during Northampton's weekend defeat by Saracens, they added to their reinforcements yesterday by sending for Matt Mullan, the Worcester prop.

Leg heavily strapped, Dylan Hartley watches England training yesterday with Courtney Lawes

England left wondering: Where did all the hookers go?

With the number one No 2, Dylan Hartley, on the endangered list and with no one obvious ready to step up, Chris Hewett runs a short rule over Lancaster's options

Dylan Hartley injured his knee against Saracens on Saturday

Setback for England as Hartley may miss entire autumn series

Stuart Lancaster may be the calmest England coach of the professional era, but his unflappable approach to the red-rose job was under severe strain yesterday when the full extent of the injury fallout from the weekend's Premiership activity became clear. Concerns over the centre Jonathan Joseph, the scrum-half Ben Youngs, the lock Courtney Lawes and the captain Chris Robshaw paled into insignificance as the medical bulletin on Dylan Hartley was issued.

Tom Casson scores a last-minute try for Harlequins

Hard knocks for Irish as Casson grabs winner that never was

London Irish 28 Harlequins 31

Steffon Armitage has been in great form for Toulon this year

Former England international Steffon Armitage faces doping verdict

Former England international Steffon Armitage will have to wait until next week to discover whether he will be banned by the French Rugby Federation for failing a drugs test in June.

Gloucester’s Freddie Burns has a point to prove against Leicester

Premiership preview: Freddie Burns can let his talents do the talking in tasty duel with Toby Flood

Despite a media silence, Gloucester's precocious fly-half has the swagger to tame the Tigers today

Gibson inspires Irish to improbable win over Saints

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Scotland prop Euan Murray

Scotland international Euan Murray joins Worcester

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