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The Gloucester centre Mike Tindall, a short-priced favourite to beat Nick Easter to the England captaincy against Wales on Friday, was back on the training field yesterday, as were the Leeds flanker Hendre Fourie and the Wasps lock Simon Shaw, neither of whom played an active part in last week's red-rose camp in Portugal.

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Saxons decide to unleash youngest Tuilagi on Italians

Italian rugby has its weaknesses, but as the scrum is very definitely not among them, the Azzurri's second-string international with England Saxons at Worcester tomorrow is likely to prove highly significant. The hosts have picked two "bolters" for World Cup selection, the Harlequins prop Joe Marler and the London Irish forward Alex Corbisiero, in their front row, and a top-notch performance from either man – or, indeed, both – could force the red-rose manager Martin Johnson to adjust his thinking ahead of the global gathering in New Zealand this autumn.

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

Courtney Lawes to miss entire Six Nations

England have suffered a major blow ahead of their RBS 6 Nations campaign with the news that Northampton forward Courtney Lawes will miss the entire championship.

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Johnson tries to calm English expectations

How times change. Three weeks ago, England spent the first 25 minutes of their autumn campaign living down to levels of expectation that were located somewhere near the earth's core.

Martin Johnson relishing South Africa clash

Martin Johnson was barely able to contain his excitment on the eve of England's showdown with South Africa as he told his men: "This is what you play for."

Martin Johnson names strong England side

England manager Martin Johnson has reverted to his strongest line-up for Saturday's Investec Test against South Africa.

Midfield experiment shows Banahan is centre of learning

"Not every game," Martin Johnson said, "will be played the same way as the Australia game." Which was the England manager's way of saying, when he named his starting XV against Samoa, that just because the home side exhilarated one week, don't expect them to do so seven days later.

Martin Johnson: So we've won a game. Let's calm down

There is not much point in a team staging the rugby equivalent of a Lord Mayor's Show, as England did in beating the Wallabies at Twickenham last weekend, if they fail to avoid the thing that traditionally comes after it.

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