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James Hook, the forgotten man of Welsh rugby, did all that one man could do to set Perpignan on the road to European success last night. But Gloucester, desperately needing a winning injection to their season, returned to Heineken Cup rugby after a year's absence by snatching the verdict in the final five minutes.

England's Grand Slam hopes ended by Ireland

Ireland 24 England 8

Johnson on familiar ground in search of historic slam

Coach backs team to succeed on the stage where he led England to their last title

England must produce best demands Nick Easter

Stand-in captain Nick Easter warned England will have to produce their best ever performance if they are to win the Grand Slam against Ireland tomorrow.

England remain hopeful over Mike Tindall fitness

England captain Mike Tindall suffered a ligament strain to his left ankle in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations victory over Scotland, the Rugby Football Union have confirmed.

England cross fingers for Tindall recovery

Mike Tindall, the stand-in captain who has led England to within 80 minutes of a first Six Nations Grand Slam since their year of years in 2003, will learn today whether he has the remotest chance of being fit for the last act in the drama, to be staged in Dublin on Saturday evening. The Gloucester centre is hardly in the best of shape, having mangled his ankle ligaments during the narrow Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland at the weekend, but the red rose selectors at least have the comfort of knowing the mountainous Matt Banahan of Bath will almost certainly be available to fill the hole in midfield.

England delay Mike Tindall injury verdict

England have delayed any official announcement on Mike Tindall's availability for Saturday's Grand Slam decider against Ireland until tomorrow.

Martin Johnson: 'That's not a bad way to go into next week. It will focus everyone's minds'

Johnson happy to see England tested ahead of Grand Slam crunch match in Dublin next week

James Lawton: Banahan's punch revives English Grand Slam hopes

Talk of a serious World Cup challenge later this year seem nothing more than wild optimism

England take ugly victory over Scotland

England 22 Scotland 16

Chris Ashton: 'I definitely prefer union to league now'

He's cracked both codes but can Ashton hammer Scots today?

Tindall stays put as England worry over Flood's fitness

One of the many questions surrounding England's centre partnership – the single under-performing area of the side in the attacking sense – was answered yesterday when Mike Tindall, the interim captain, committed himself to another season at Gloucester, the club he joined from Bath six years ago. That's him settled, then. Quite how soon other conclusions will be reached is anyone's guess, but when Scotland pitch up at Twickenham on Sunday to take their annual Calcutta Cup swipe at the old enemy, they can expect the usual ultra-physical assault from the red-rose midfield.

Mike Tindall agrees new Gloucester deal

England centre Mike Tindall will spend a seventh season at Gloucester after agreeing a new one-year extension to his contract with the Aviva Premiership club.

Wood growing up as England start to pull up trees

The parallels are too easy to draw. Yes, England have won their first three games in the Six Nations' Championship, and the last time they achieved such a feat was 2003, when a Six Nations Grand Slam was followed by victory in New Zealand and Australia, then by the World Cup triumph.

Tindall: Now you're seeing the real Johnson

It will be quite a meeting of minds. Martin Johnson, manager of England, and Andy Robinson, coach of Scotland, have been either pulling for each other or pushing against each other for a full two decades now – they fought hammer and tongs during their playing days with Leicester and Bath respectively before Robinson helped coach Johnson to World Cup glory in 2003 – so when the two men take up the Calcutta Cup cudgels at Twickenham nine days from now, the contest will have a whole history attached to it.

James Lawton: Grit must be augmented by genius if Johnson's men are to scale heights

England’s midfield is fine at dreadnought defence but returning to the peaks requires more
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