Sport Mike Brown of England celebrates after scoring the first try during the Six Nations match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico

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.

Alex Corbisiero’s knee injury has added to England’s front-row problems

England v New Zealand: Front-row crisis as Alex Corbisiero is ruled out of Twickenham showdown with All Blacks

Knee trouble sees loose-head prop join fellow front-rowers Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler on the casualty list

Manu Tuilagi could miss England's Six Nations campaign after suffering a setback in his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle

England centre Manu Tuilagi suffers setback in recovery from chest injury that could rule him out of 2014 Six Nations

The Leicester Tigers back has been sidelined since September with a torn pectoral muscle and has now had to undergo surgery in an effort to repair he damage

South Africa celebrate a try as George North of Wales looks dejected

Wales 15 South Africa 24 match report: Wales fail once again to beat South Africa

Warren Gatland's team lose four players to injury before half-time as South Africa prove too strong

Round-up: Scots wary of Japan recapturing Tokyo form

Scotland lock Alastair Kellock believes extra competition from within the squad and the growing strength of this afternoon’s opponents Japan mean every player in dark blue will need to be at their best at Murrayfield.

Eli Walker has been ruled out of Wales' match against South Africa through a hamstring injury

Wales v South Africa: Wing Eli Walker robbed of debut after hamstring injury rules his out of Springboks clash

The Ospreys winger had been named in the starting XV for Saturday's match at the Millennium Stadium but he picked up a hamstring injury in training

Sam Warburton will lead out Wales against South Africa on Saturday

Sam Warburton ready to reclaim Wales captaincy and admits 'I wanted it back big time'

The successful British and Irish Lions skipper will lead out the Welsh when they take on South Africa on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium

Distraught Wales captain Sam Warburton reacts after receiving a straight red card for a dengerous tackle on Vincent Clerc of France during semi final one of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup between Wales and France at Eden Park on October 15, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wales v South Africa: Sam Warburton denies having issue with referee Alain Rolland

Rolland sent off the Wales captain in the 2011 World Cup semi-final

Billy Twelvetrees of Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees agrees new deal with Gloucester

The England centre has agreed a new two-year contract

Leicester’s Tom Croft grimaces against Worcester on Sunday

England blow as Leicester flanker Tom Croft again suffers long-term injury

After a neck break that almost paralysed him, No 6 is out for season with ligament damage

Robshaw has captained England 16 times

Chris Robshaw stays at Harlequins

Chris Robshaw has committed his future to Harlequins after signing a contract extension to keep him at the Premiership club until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Marland Yarde scores a try for England against Argentina

Argentina Tests invaluable to progress of England squad says Ben Morgan

The tour of South America was overshadowed by the Lions

Premiership backs proposal for globally integrated rugby season

IRPA proposals given approval

Warren Gatland

British and Irish Lions 2013: Warren Gatland accused of 'terrible mistake' in axing Brian O'Driscoll for final Test

Keith Wood leads outrage at decision to drop veteran for final Test and pick 10 Welshmen

Marland Yarde scores a try for England against Argentina

Marland Yarde hopeful of regular England place after exhilarating debut against Argentina

Yarde scored two tries in the 51-26 victory over their hosts

Sam Warburton's protégé Josh Navidi ready for his Wales debut

Josh Navidi believes growing up in the shadows of current and former British and Irish Lions pair Sam Warburton and Martyn Williams has finally paid dividends, having been primed for his Wales debut.

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As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

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Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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The science of herding is cracked

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