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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.

Foden sweeps in to brush French aside

England 17 France 9: Full-back helps young England stay on course for first Grand Slam in eight years

Tindall demands explosive six nations start

England captain Mike Tindall has demanded his men "explode out of the blocks" in their pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown with France at Twickenham.

Yachvili will throttle us if we cough up the ball, warns Tindall

Morgan Parra, the dinky little goal-kicking scrum-half from Clermont Auvergne, was one of the stand-out players in last season's Six Nations and has looked pretty damned good in this year's, too. So why have the French decided to drop him in favour of Dimitri Yachvili, the dinky little goal-kicking scrum-half from Biarritz? Mike Tindall, for one, smells a rat.

Flair of France centres could show the folly of England's size obsession

Hape and Tindall are playing 12 and 13 because of their defensive abilities – anathema to the traditions of the free-flowing French

Martin Johnson tells England to target 'fragile' France

Martin Johnson has demanded England prey on France's fragility on the road by turning Twickenham into a bearpit for tomorrow's pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown.

Moody's return gives Johnson a dilemma for crucial France game

Bath 38 Northampton 8

Chris Ashton will be a marked man warns Mark Cueto

Mark Cueto has warned Chris Ashton he must be prepared for life as a marked man - starting in England's crunch showdown with RBS 6 Nations title rivals France.

Ashton scores four as England spread wings

England 59 Italy 13: Satisfied Johnson calls his former Wigan wide boy a 'predator' after team performance of power and panache puts outclassed Italy to the sword

David Flatman: Hape and Easter make space by cracking the code

From the Front Row: Like Ashton, England's ability to put the manaway comes from the dark side of great divide

Peter Bills: England victory is an enormous step forward

In certain British, Irish and European circles during the course of the weekend, there was some criticism of England’s performance in Cardiff at the start of the new Six Nations season.

Mike Tindall says Wales victory could prove pivotal

Mike Tindall believes Friday night's victory over Wales could go down as one of the seminal moments in England's development towards the World Cup and beyond.

Ashton adds the cutting edge for emerging England’s heavy mob

Wales 19 England 26: Northampton winger scores pair of tries to ensure Martin Johnson’s side survive late Welsh fightback as this year’s Six Nations begins with a thrilling encounter in Cardiff

Mike Tindall named captain as England announce squad

Northampton flanker Tom Wood will make his England debut in Friday night's RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Captain-elect Tindall fit for Cardiff cauldron

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.

Johnson urges England to feed off animosity

Martin Johnson has steeled England for the most hostile RBS 6 Nations reception of them all ahead of Friday night's Millennium Stadium showdown with Wales.

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