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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.

Steve Walsh presides over Wales' victory
Dan Lydiate in action for Wales against Australia in the 2011 World Cup

Paul O'Connell and Dan Lydiate launch late charge for Lions selection

2009 captain and Welsh flanker return from injury desperate to impress coach Warren Gatland

Brian O’Driscoll may have played his last international for Ireland

Six Nations: Brian O'Driscoll to learn punishment for stamp on Simone Favaro

The match in Rome may have been the Ireland star's last Six Nations match

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Homeland's Damian Lewis rooting for Wales in Six Nations

Despite living in London, Damian Lewis backed Wales over England to win the Six Nations, he revealed.

Dejected England head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on following his team's defeat to Wales

Six Nations: Lack of composure a worry for England coach Stuart Lancaster

England lost 30-3 in title decider against Wales

Gonzalo Garcia of Italy (C) is tackled during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland

Six Nations: Peter O'Mahony insists Ireland will come back stronger after disastrous tournament

A first championship defeat to Italy meant they finished fifth

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

Six Nations: Dan Biggar calls on Wales to build on back-to-back titles

The Welsh thrashed England to claim title in Cardiff

Dejected England head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on following his team's defeat to Wales

Six Nations: Will Carling shocked by 'painful' England defeat against Wales

England were beaten 30-3 in Cardiff

George North makes a break during the record-breaking win for Wales

James Lawton: Six Nations mismatch between England and Wales was reminiscent of Foreman's pummelling of Frazier

If this had indeed been a fight... England’s most grievous mistake would have been not to have claimed a last-minute injury in the gym

Stuart Lancaster and the England team look on as Wales lift the Six Nations title

Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster faces huge rebuilding mission after England are beaten by Wales

Wales brutally exposed England's shortcomings and head coach admits lessons must be learned before 2015 tournament

Captain crunch: Chris Robshaw (left) leads by example with a tackle on the Wales hooker Richard Hibbard

Six Nations: Chris Robshaw stands tall in test to become Lions' leading man

There is no greater test of nerve than a Grand Glam decider at the Millennium Stadium. England lost, but this was heroic failure for captain Chris Robshaw, an unfailing bulwark when all around him were disintegrating. He demonstrated even in defeat a dependability of character that enhances his chances of carrying Warren Gatland's vote when deciding the Lions captaincy.

Six Nations: Italy come of age with historic win against Ireland

Italy 22 Ireland 15: Azzurri fire World Cup warning to yesterday's losers Ireland and their earlier victims, France

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Six Nations: Wales v England match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Six Nations fixture at the Millennium Stadium

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Ireland's Jonathan Sexton picks up an injury against England

Six Nations: Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton facing lengthy lay-off

Sexton damaged a tendon in his left foot in training

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