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Another second place for England but this was a step forward from last year. Stuart Lancaster’s side have made strides over this Six Nations, even if he will be looking back at that French game and thinking what might have been.

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England play Ireland in the Six Nations this Sunday

Ireland wing Simon Zebo runs in the first try against Wales

Adam Jones believes Wales predicament is 'definitely fixable'

Wales were beaten 30-22 at home to Ireland at the weekend

Italy delight and France despair at the final whistle in Rome

Faltering French fall victim to Roman conquerors again

Italy 23 France 18

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Wales defeated at home by Ireland

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with some deft footwork
Green delight: Cian Healy scores Ireland’s second try

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Wales 22 Ireland 30: Ireland's driving force leads the way to a 30-3 lead that Wales cannot claw back despite a spirited three-try second half

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Billy Twelvetrees (pictured) kicked 10 points and inspired a second half that Leicester won 25-3

Billy Twelvetrees to make debut for England against Scotland in the Six Nations

Centre selected in place of the injured Manu Tuilagi

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England's Manu Tuilagi to miss Six Nations clash against Scotland

Alex Corbisiero sidelined for entire championship

Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill said of Tom Croft's injury: 'Tom's okay. He stiffened up and had a spasm and he just couldn’t continue.'

Round-Up: Injury cuts short Croft's comeback trail to end hopes of England recall

Tom Croft's second match back after eight months out with a neck injury lasted 11 minutes at Welford Road as Leicester's England flanker went off with a rib injury in the 34-8 LV=Cup win over Wasps.

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Exeter Chiefs 20 Leinster 29: O'Driscoll and Heaslip tries earn extra point to keeps Irish side in frame

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Stuart Lancaster to pursue coaching brains trust

Stuart Lancaster believes a British sport brains trust will help move his England rugby union team up the world rankings. Entering his second year as England's head coach, Lancaster intends to repeat the meetings he has had with Sir Dave Brailsford from cycling, cricket's Andy Flower and Roy Hodgson from football, and he described Hodgson as "a coach in the purest sense of the word".

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England players set for large pay hike

The Rugby Football Union and the nation's leading players have agreed a four-year deal that could make England's squad the highest-paid in world rugby.

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Calum Clark wants to put past behind him following England call-up

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