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Ireland 24 England 8

Toby Flood expected to be fit for England

England last night provided a clear indication that Toby Flood will be fit for Sunday's Calcutta Cup showdown with Scotland by releasing Charlie Hodgson from the camp.

Johnson gives little currency to bookies' odds-on predictions

England have found themselves up to their necks in Calcutta Cup trouble so often over the past couple of decades, Martin Johnson's refusal yesterday to shout the odds on behalf of his Grand Slam-chasing team ahead of this year's outbreak of mutual loathing was entirely understandable. Advised that the bookmakers were quoting the Six Nations favourites at 1-14 to beat the Scots at Twickenham on Sunday, the red-rose manager reminded his audience that "none of the bookies are playing the game" before adding: "If it will be a big result for them if they leave London with a victory, it will be just as big a result for us if we win."

Stadium damage leaves England in cup limbo

England may be waiting on the fitness of the Leicester outside-half Toby Flood ahead of this weekend's Calcutta Cup match with Scotland at Twickenham, but that is of little concern in the great scheme of things. They have a bloke by the name of Wilkinson ready and willing to reclaim the No 10 shirt, and anyway, there are bigger issues on the agenda – principally, the horribly difficult situation in the South Island of New Zealand, where they are meant to be based come World Cup time in September.

Ben Youngs demands more from England team-mates

England may have taken a giant step towards the Grand Slam with Saturday's 17-9 victory over France, but that did not stop Ben Youngs from blasting his team-mates.

Wilkinson's transition is part of English evolution

This was always likely to be more primitive than post-modern, more grunt than grace. This was, after all, England v France, not the one-sided affair at Twickenham two weeks earlier that yielded eight tries against a porous Italy defence.

England Grand Slam hopes get boost against France

England 17 France 9

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England's World Cup-winner is not used to sitting on the bench so he wants his place back – but only on merit

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England manager passes up chance to hit back at French counterpart in verbal battle ahead of crunch contest

Flood concedes that France's dynamic duo have the edge

England fly-half Toby Flood has played down comparisons between his partnership with Ben Youngs and that of French half-backs Morgan Parra and François Trinh-Duc ahead of what is expected to be the Grand Slam decider on 26 February.

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Ashton has to take note of the Italian reaction after his first try. At least one of theirnumber was visibly unhappy with his showboating

Ashton scores four as England spread wings

England 59 Italy 13: Satisfied Johnson calls his former Wigan wide boy a 'predator' after team performance of power and panache puts outclassed Italy to the sword

Flood and Youngs form heart of new generation

One side based their game plan around their one world-class player, a forward. The other, reflective of an approach far removed from traditional diktat, planned around the attacking skills of three backs and passed a half-century for the first time in four years.

Martin Johnson ‘Toby is very smart. He did a great job. A fantastic job overall'

Johnson pays tribute to his No 10 but says developing England still have areas where they can improve

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