Sport England coach Stuart Lancaster holds court at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey

'I met every player last week one-to-one and, as there were 35 of them, it was a long day'

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Chris Ashton of Saracens celebrates after scoring a controversial try during the Aviva Premiership against London Wasps at Adams Park

London Wasps 13 Saracens 22 match report: Wasps stung by Saracens' second-half comeback

These are the games that win championships. The days when opponents stick to you like glue, when your gameplan is compromised, when your kicker is off-colour but still the resolve is there to come through victorious.

Elliot Daly evades a tackle on his way to scoring Wasps’ second try

Wasps suffering with an identity crisis

London Wasps’ supporters are going through the uncertainty familiar to every club in any code who undergo a change in ownership at the same time as asking themselves what they are all about.

Skipper George Skivington to stay with London Irish for three more years

Former England Saxons captain George Skivington has extended his contract with London Irish.

Quins’ James Johnston will play for Sarries next season

Weekend Premiership preview: Extra spice added as Sarries meet Quins in tasty top of table encounter

It is fair to say that Harlequins, the reigning English champions, did not perform cartwheels of joy when Saracens, their immediate predecessors and chief rivals for this year’s title, secured the services of the Samoan prop James Johnston for next season.

Brian O’Driscoll may have played his last international for Ireland

Six Nations: Brian O'Driscoll to learn punishment for stamp on Simone Favaro

The match in Rome may have been the Ireland star's last Six Nations match

England's flanker Chris Robshaw (C) talks with England's hooker Tom Youngs (L) and England's prop Dan Cole

Six Nations: Ben Cohen tells England to learn from pain of defeat

England missed out on title after thrashing by Wales

Brian o’Driscoll: The Irish centre will make his last appearance in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico today

Sergio Parisse lauds Brian O’Driscoll as centre’s likely final Six Nations game dawns

The Italy captain, Sergio Parisse, has praised Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll as one of the greatest centres in the history of the sport, ahead of today’s Six Nations game at the Stadio Olimpico.

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton picks up an injury against England

Six Nations: Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton facing lengthy lay-off

Sexton damaged a tendon in his left foot in training

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Wasps announce the signing of former England fly-half Andy Goode

Goode joins from Worcester

Leicester’s Ed Slater evades a late lunge to score a try in yesterday’s defeat of Sale

Leicester Tigers 48 Sale Sharks 10 match report: Mauling leaves Sale in intensive care

Relegation battle complicated by London Welsh hearing on Tuesday

Owen Farrell

Six Nations: England fly-half Owen Farrell rated 50-50 to face Italy

Farrell limped off with a thigh strain in the second half of last weekend's 23-13 victory over France

Courtney Lawes

Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster expecting major impact from bench against France

Courtney Lawes will make his first England start at blindside flanker as one of three changes

Former Gloucester outside-half Nicky Robinson provided 10 points with the boot in a solid debut for Wasps

Bristol sign Wales fly-half Nicky Robinson from Wasps

Robinson, 31, has agreed a three-year deal

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
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Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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