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'

Joe Launchbury has quickly established himself for Wasps and England

Six Nations: England lock Joe Launchbury relieved to be able to focus on France clash after

Launchbury spent time last week fearing for the safety of Sam Woodhead, the British teenager who went missing in the Australian outback

Philippe Saint-André led the acclaim for France’s opponents

Six Nations: France heap rare praise on unchanged England side

England entertain France at Twickenham this weekend

Christian Wade scores a try for Wasps from Billy Vunipola’s pass

Wasps' Christian Wade and Billy Vunipola too fast for Gloucester

Wasps 33 Gloucester 29

Aviva Premiership round-up: Indiscipline leaves Irish trapped in survival scrap

Injuries are hitting Irish rugby thick and fast, but unlike the blow to Gordon D'Arcy, who joined the list of Six Nations absentees on Friday, the damage to London Irish yesterday mostly involved pride. For the moment. The 40-16 defeat by Bath left them scrapping with London Welsh and Sale – who meet today – to avoid finishing bottom of the Aviva Premiership.

Manu Tuilagi is set to be back in action for Leicester
Chris Robshaw has emerged as a candidate to lead the Lions

Stuart Lancaster receives assurances from Warren Gatland over selecting England players for Lions tour

The Lions coach tells his England counterpart selections will be made 'on merit and merit alone'

Sam Warburton will not start for Wales against Italy even if he recovers from shoulder injury

Warren Gatland warns of 'English circus' as he ponders his selections for the Lions tour

Gatland has acknowledged the strong flowering of the red rose in the current Six Nations

England captain Chris Robshaw in action against Ireland

Six Nations: Victory over Ireland has made a statement says England captain Chris Robshaw

England won in Ireland for the first time in a decade

Manu Tuilagi gets to grips with Toby Flood during England training

Manu Tuilagi held back from the start England XV to make an impact against Ireland

The Leicester favourite will be used as a replacement in Dublin says Stuart Lancaster

James Haskell pictured in England training

James Haskell to start for England against Ireland in crunch Six Nations match

Stuart Lancaster reveals his squad for Sunday's match in Dublin

James Haskell impressed off the bench against Scotland

James Haskell happy to get another shot for England after globetrotting gamble

Flanker is set to start against Ireland after 'looking down barrel' of England exclusion

Manu Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi available for England's clash with Ireland

Centre missed the match against Scotland

Billy Twelvetrees (pictured) kicked 10 points and inspired a second half that Leicester won 25-3

Billy Twelvetrees to make debut for England against Scotland in the Six Nations

Centre selected in place of the injured Manu Tuilagi

Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill said of Tom Croft's injury: 'Tom's okay. He stiffened up and had a spasm and he just couldn’t continue.'

Round-Up: Injury cuts short Croft's comeback trail to end hopes of England recall

Tom Croft's second match back after eight months out with a neck injury lasted 11 minutes at Welford Road as Leicester's England flanker went off with a rib injury in the 34-8 LV=Cup win over Wasps.

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The American dream has taken hold of the 21-year-old

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