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.

Tom Wood

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England take on Wales this weekend in a title decider

England beat Wales 62-5 in a 2007 World Cup warm-up game

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Brian O'Driscoll

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Forwards coach Graham Rowntree supervises an England training session

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Brad Barritt

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Manu Tuilagi gets to grips with Toby Flood during England training

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Richie Gray was carried off after 30 minutes on Saturday

Six Nations 2013: Hamstrung lock Richie Gray ruled out of Scotland's final game

Scotland's bleached blond bombshell, lock Richie Gray, will have a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the hamstring injury that caused him to depart on a medical cart 30 minutes into the 28-18 defeat against Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Six Nations 2013: Chris Robshaw hails England's battling win over Italy

England captain Chris Robshaw hailed a battling win over Italy to keep their RBS 6 Nations title bid alive, but admitted improvements were needed before their Grand Slam showdown with Wales next week.

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Captaining Italy is a job that demands an ability to man-manage an ever-evolving crisis. More often than not when Italy play, Italy lose and it was John Kirwan, the former All Black great and then Italy coach, who once neatly summed up the end-game for the captain as "invariably dealing with the crisis of defeat". It is a fire -fighting role in the Towering Inferno.

Manu Tuilagi

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Geoff Parling (L) and Tom Youngs take part in tug o' war during an England training session

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After becoming Stuart Lancaster’s main man in the line-out, Geoff Parling tells Chris Hewett he is not taking victory for granted against Italy on Sunday

Paddy Jackson

Six Nations: Paddy Jackson handed fly-half role for Ireland

France travel to Dublin this weekend

Philippe Saint-André complained about the standard of refereeing

Six Nations: France make three changes for Ireland clash

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He did not have the best game at the weekend but no one is really putting their hand up at No 8. I like David Denton but he is not even starting for Scotland at the moment. There is not an outstanding candidate as it stands and Heaslip only just edges it.

Six Nations: Declan Kidney impressed with captain Jamie Heaslip despite criticism

The 29-year-old succeeded Brian O'Driscoll as skipper

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