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What Jonny Wilkinson has now he will have always. It is a set of certainties, an absolute understanding of what he can do and, just as crucially, what he can't

Lawrence Dallaglio impressed by England progress

Lawrence Dallaglio thinks England have come a long way under the tutelage of Martin Johnson but believes there are a lot of improvements that can still be made.

England suffer further World Cup woe as Easter and Wood join injury list

Problems mount for Johnson, who calls up Fourie as cover for match in Ireland which will show how battle-ready his side are

England give Tindall and Tuilagi final chance to answer central question

Johnson picks yet another midfield partnership to face Ireland in last World Cup warm-up while Wilkinson returns at fly-half

Highs and lows in England camp after squad revealed

There were extremes of emotion yesterday as Lewis Moody was named as England's Rugby World Cup captain but there was no place for Riki Flutey in the squad for New Zealand.

Woodward warns of 'a bit of a hole' in the England ranks

Johnson will 'live or die' by his squad choices, says World Cup-winning coach

Dave Hadfield: Castleford got what they deserved over Rangi Chase

I was sorry for Castleford on Sunday, apart from one small detail.

Toby Flood casts aside Jonny Wilkinson popularity

Even if Toby Flood is right in suspecting 58 million Englishmen want Jonny Wilkinson to start at fly-half in the World Cup, there is only one man whose opinion really counts.

Wilko and out? HQ hopes not

To add to the controversy over their all-black change kit, England have made Jonny Wilkinson's future a grey area. Post-World Cup, we are told, players based abroad will only be selected in "exceptional circumstances".

Gatland's men pull their weight but Wales fail in trial of strength

Emphasis on physicality is not enough to overhaul England

Twickenham farewell for Wilkinson? Not if he has anything to do with it

Jonny Wilkinson has been playing second fiddle to Toby Flood for more than a year now – a fact that has led many observers to conclude that next month's World Cup in New Zealand will signal the end of the injury-ravaged horizontalist's extraordinary international career. If this comes to pass, it will not be of Wilkinson's choosing. He intends to keep on keeping on, despite the England hierarchy's hard-line stance on players committing to club rugby abroad.

Matt Stevens lauded after England call up

England Saxons boss Stuart Lancaster has hailed Matt Stevens as the Saracens prop prepares to cap a remarkable comeback by today being named in England's preliminary World Cup squad.

Students admit lewd sex acts on bus

Two university rugby players today admitted performing lewd sex acts while naked on a public bus.

Gavin Henson suspended by Toulon over discipline

Gavin Henson has been suspended by Toulon for one week for a breach of club discipline.

Peter Bills: Do rugby players not know the rules?

It’s a question that intrigues me every time I watch a game of rugby. Do modern day players actually need to be told the rules by referees?

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