Sport Andy Forsyth crosses for Sale to help them to a win at Gloucester

Chris Robshaw admitted his relief at Harlequins’ narrow opening day victory over Wasps after seeing Andy Goode miss a penalty with the final kick at Twickenham on Saturday.

Courtney Lawes is back in squad after injury in place of Mouritz Botha

Courtney Lawes called up by England as Mouritz Botha and Tom Palmer head home

Courtney Lawes, the thoroughly modern lock from Northampton whose Test progress has been badly hampered by injury, is back in the England mix for the final international of the year, against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Lawes replaces Mouritz Botha of Saracens in the match-day squad and is likely to be given a run off the bench.

Stuart Lancaster: The England coach will make changes for Saturday’s clash with Australia

Stuart Lancaster bows to Springboks’ might with meek selections

England coach makes six changes for South Africa, with no place for Sharples or Care

Sharples and Youngs to start in England rejig

Stuart Lancaster has been predicting for weeks that the England team selected to start the first match of the autumn series, against Fiji on Saturday, would be different from the one that squares up to the All Blacks next month. What he did not expect was to find himself reselecting his side before a ball had been kicked or a pass thrown at Twickenham.

Simon McIntyre scores for Wasps in their narrow win yesterday

England end tour of South Africa on positive note

South Africa 14 England 14

England claw draw from Springboks on final tour date

South Africa 14 England 14

Danny Care will start

England duo Danny Care and James Haskell return to face South Africa in final Test

Danny Care and James Haskell will make their long-awaited international returns in England's third Test against South Africa on Saturday.

Stephen Jones and Ashley Johnson join Wasps

Wasps have completed the signings of Wales fly-half Stephen Jones and South Africa number eight Ashley Johnson for next season, despite being in a perilous financial position.

The likes of Ben Youngs are creative players not being used properly by England, according to Matt O’Connor

Tigers coach seething at England's 'negativity'

'There's nothing I have seen that indicates they want to go out and beat teams,' says O'Connor

Leicester coach critical of England team selection

England's interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has come under fierce criticism from Leicester over his handling of out-of-favour half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs.

Gloucester swamped by Flood in rain and mud

Leicester 36 Gloucester 3
France's winger Wesley Fofana (R)

France v Ireland player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Stade de France in Paris

Cipriani, here playing for the Melbourne Rebels, is good enough to play for England again, at fly-half with Owen Farrell wearing the No 12 jersey

David Flatman: Welcome back, Danny boy wonder – now get your head down and play

From the Front Row: Cipriani does not have to wear a mask and pretend he is someone else

Paul O’Connell will lead Ireland against France in Paris tomorrow

Paul O'Connell: We can't be a soft touch

Irish captain wary of his own team's errors but warns France he expects to triumph in Paris

Luke Narraway will move to the Top 14

Stuart Lancaster expects overseas selection policy to stay

England coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed there are no plans to change the policy of not selecting players from outside the Aviva Premiership despite seeing another contender leave for France.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?