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.

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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
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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.

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

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Wales host Italy in the opening game of the 2014 tournament

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

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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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