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.

It was emotional after our win – as my bear hug on Jonathan Davies shows

Jamie Roberts: I've been getting stick for crying after Wales' win against France – but it was such a relief!

Millennium Eye: I thoroughly enjoyed it – one of the best days I’ve had in a red jersey

England's prop Dan Cole goes head to head with Ireland's lock Donnacha Ryan (2nd R) after the incident involving Cian Healy

Cian Healy suspension clarified following Leinster's plans to select Ireland prop

Healy banned for stamping on Dan Cole

Joe Marler and the England squad pictured training

Joe Marler: England would win the World Cup if it was tomorrow

England prop says that on current form England would feel confident of winning the ultimate prize

Ireland prop Cian Healy

Six Nations officials 'concerned' as Leinster plan to flout Cian Healy ban

Ireland prop is officially available this weekend, but selection would flout spirit of his stamping ban

Chris Robshaw has emerged as a candidate to lead the Lions

Stuart Lancaster receives assurances from Warren Gatland over selecting England players for Lions tour

The Lions coach tells his England counterpart selections will be made 'on merit and merit alone'

England’s James Haskell tackles Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip last Sunday

Lewis Moody: Win over Ireland was fantastic but I fear Six Nations Grand Slam will be beyond England

Moody Views: Lancaster has a strong nucleus of a side although there are still positions that are not nailed down

Sam Warburton will not start for Wales against Italy even if he recovers from shoulder injury

Warren Gatland warns of 'English circus' as he ponders his selections for the Lions tour

Gatland has acknowledged the strong flowering of the red rose in the current Six Nations

Owen Farrell shows his satisfaction in the aftermath of England’s victory

James Lawton: Mature intelligence of Owen Farrell provides hope for England revolution after moment of truth

Six Nations: What’s the point of a rite of passage if it doesn’t turn eager boys into real men

Man for man Marking: Ireland vs England

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England's Owen Farrell takes a penalty

Six Nations: Punchy England scrap to rare Dublin victory

Ireland 6 England 12: Farrell kicks England’s Six Nations Dublin drought into touch

Nicolas Mas of France holds his head in disappointment during his team's match with Wales

Six Nations: George North changes Wales' fortunes

France 6 Wales 16: Rob Howley can smile at last as victory in France ends a run of eight defeats and signals a wave of relief

Tom Homer finished up with five penalties and two conversions

Exiles underline Irish love of a challenge

If England already sufficiently aware of the challenge facing them in Dublin his afternoon, London Irish offered another example of a Green triumph out of adversity with a remarkable 29-16 victory over title-chasing Saracens in rugby union's Aviva Premiership.

Sergio Parisse and his side are confident they can build on beating France

Scots braced for Sergio Parisse's history men

Italy look for first ever back-to-back wins in a Six Nations campaign against Johnson's side

Ireland wing Simon Zebo runs in the first try against Wales

Wales players under pressure after opening Six Nations defeat

Wales take on France in Paris this weekend

Matt Kvesic

Matt Kvesic to join Gloucester at the end of the season

Promising flanker will leave Worcester Warriors

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