When Chris Robshaw led England for the first time, at Murrayfield in the opening match of the 2012 Six Nations, his back division was as green as the proverbial grass. Owen Farrell was making his international debut in the centre, as was Brad Barritt, and while dear old Charlie Hodgson had a fair few caps behind him at outside-half, the impression was of a unit in its infancy. And now, two years down the red-rose road? The back line has grown less experienced, not more.
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Monday 21 January 2013
Stuart Lancaster's carefully laid plans for the forthcoming Six Nations Championship were subject to early adjustment last night, with the first sight of the enemy still almost a fortnight distant. Injuries to two of the England coach's back-row forwards, the Exeter flanker Tom Johnson and the Northampton bruiser Calum Clark, forced him into action and he immediately turned to the uncapped Worcester breakaway Matt Kvesic to fill one of the gaps.
Saturday 12 January 2013
Northampton 18 Castres 12: Saints have to hope and pray for half a dozen results to go their way next week
Friday 11 January 2013
Clark broke the elbow of Leicester hooker Rob Hawkins
Sunday 06 January 2013
Exeter Chiefs 19 Northampton Saints 30
Saturday 05 January 2013
Northampton have recruited the former Wasps and England fly-half Alex King to replace Paul Grayson on the coaching team at Franklin's Gardens.
Thursday 03 January 2013
Leicester flanker makes comeback from neck injury and could claim place in England squad
Wednesday 26 December 2012
The Northampton man has high hopes regarding England and the Lions after his 2012 was beset with injuries and a lack of motivation, he tells Richard Rae
Monday 24 December 2012
Danny Care, Harlequins' England scrum-half, spoke for the league leaders after a fearsome forwards' performance in Saturday's 18-9 win at Northampton. "We wanted to send out a statement to the rest of the Premiership," said Care, "that we're the champions and we want to be the champions again."
Sunday 23 December 2012
Northampton Saints 9 Harlequins 18: Mallinder fury as official calls forward pass but will not rewind to check
Thursday 20 December 2012
The Government is forcing Go Ahead to give thousands of passengers on its London Midland route £7m worth of free tickets after the rail operator cancelled hundreds of services.
Sunday 16 December 2012
Harlequins 53 Zebre 5
Saturday 15 December 2012
Decisions may be extremely hard to come by in the Heineken Cup boardroom, but coaches do not have the luxury of procrastination when it comes to choosing their teams for the kind of must-win matches facing teams like Leicester, Northampton and Saracens this weekend.
Thursday 13 December 2012
Dylan Hartley, the England hooker and occasional national captain who missed the recent autumn series with injury, was a relieved man tonight after avoiding the worst consequences of a Heineken Cup dust-up with his Irish opposite number Rory Best – perhaps his principal rival for a Lions Test place against the Wallabies in Australia next summer. Hartley was banned for a fortnight after admitting striking Best with his arm during the Northampton-Ulster match at Franklin's Gardens a week ago.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
Defeat for Arsenal in the Capital One Cup will go down as one of the great giant killings
Saturday 08 December 2012
Northampton 6 Ulster 25
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27