Courtney Lawes, the thoroughly modern lock from Northampton whose Test progress has been badly hampered by injury, is back in the England mix for the final international of the year, against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Lawes replaces Mouritz Botha of Saracens in the match-day squad and is likely to be given a run off the bench.
Goode, Cole, Wood and Launchbury can go the distance but, for all the academies, the jury is out on the rest
Danny Cipriani hopes a good season with Sale on his return to the Aviva Premiership will earn him a spot in the English Test side.
Danny Cipriani wept when he informed his Super 15 clubmates in Melbourne that he would be leaving town ahead of schedule and returning to England to start preparing for the resurrection of his international career.
England's caretaker appeared unfazed under the spotlight, writes Simon Turnbull at Murrayfield
Scotland 6 England 13
After the global jamboree of a World Cup in New Zealand it's time to plunge back into the glorious chaos of European competition, says Chris Hewett
Full-time England coach set to be named before Six Nations ends
It looks like the end of the road for Tindall and Co as Stuart Lancaster launches new era for English rugby by calling up exciting and energised young guns
The Way I See It: As we enter one of Britain's most eagerly awaited sporting years we should discount the things which definitely won't happen
Leicester Tigers 23 Clermont Auvergne 19: French bonus point leaves Leicester needing to win in Belfast next time out
English rugby is divided into two camps: those who consider Jonny Wilkinson to be the best player ever to pull on the white jersey – pretty much the only player worth watching, in fact – and those more realistic souls who decided long ago that the outside-half was not quite the genius his many thousands of supporters made him out to be. There is no disputing this much, however: no individual ever gave more of himself to, or prepared more thoroughly for, life in the international arena.
Mike Tindall, the England centre whose drunken antics during the early stages of the recent World Cup in New Zealand were a significant factor in the collapse of the national team's campaign, was last night reinstated to the elite squad by the Rugby Football Union's outgoing chief executive Martyn Thomas, whose decision will be widely seen as the latest blow struck in Twickenham's increasingly destructive committee-room conflict. Tindall also finds himself £10,000 better off, having had a £25,000 fine cut by two-fifths on appeal.
By Chris Hewett
Northampton 30 Saracens 8
He may have more job titles than friends but Rob Andrew was not at fault for the World Cup shambles