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.

British and Irish Lions 2013: Decision on whether to replace Cian Healy expected in next 48 hours

The Irish prop was hurt in the warm-up match against Western Force

British and Irish Lions 213: Decision on whether to replace Cian Healy expected in next 48 hours

The Irish prop was hurt in the warm-up match against Western Force

Stuart Hogg with the Lions mascot
Paul O'Connell poses after being announced as the Lions captain in their first match against the Barbarians
Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been ruled out of England action for a third time in 12 months

Northampton flanker Calum Clark ruled out of England squad

Clark was ruled out of England's summer tour of South Africa last year and the autumn internationals

Stalemate threatens European deadline

While England's clubs continue to promise that next year's Heineken Cup final will be the last under the present format, and talk is rife of a replacement competition involving English, French and Welsh clubs, the status quo is a stalemate.

Lions call-up Matt Stevens will be in action for Sarries today

British and Irish Lions 2013: Matt Stevens targeting starting place on tour

The Saracens prop was one of the surprise inclusions in the squad

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland prepares for this summers tour of Australia

Gatland claims Warburton's rapport with referees as key factor in captaincy decision

British and Irish Lions head coach claims Wales captain's relationship with officials can have a 'positive influence' on the tour

Richard Hill’s exit from Worcester was confirmed last night

Worcester confirm departure of Richard Hill

Last weekend's heavy defeat at Saracens was the Midlanders' eighth in nine league outings

The injured Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins of Wales lift the Six Nations Championship trophy

Friday night matches return as Six Nations dates for 2014 and 2015 are announced

Wales host Italy in the opening game of the 2014 tournament

Heineken Cup: Clermont Auvergne v Montpellier match preview

A look ahead to Saturday's quarter-final clash

Ewen McKenzie 'interested' in Ireland job

A replacement for Declan Kidney is being sought

Wales scrum-half Lloyd Williams faces month out of action

Williams was hurt during Cardiff Blues' RaboDirect PRO12 defeat against the Ospreys

Up North: George North scored two tries in Scarlets win over Dragons

George North thrives as regions make themselves heard

This was billed as 'Judgement Day' and in many ways that is exactly what it was for the ailing Welsh regional rugby. Sports promoters often suffer delusions of grandeur when advertising their wares but inadvertently they, for once, hit the nail on the head.

Dan Biggar

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar agrees new deal with Ospreys

The 23-year-old will remain at Liberty Stadium until 2016

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