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England agony as they hammer France but miss out on title

Steve James   Rugby union has probably never had a day like this, with three successive magnificent matches, and Twickenham has probably never seen a game quite like this.

This is the worst France team ever

Austin Healey dinkus, dink, sports dinkus

Austin Healey   This is one of the worst French teams that I have ever seen. Ever. Watching them play last week against Italy reminded me of those silent disco nights when everyone is listening to music through headphones.

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World Cup will break records: rugby chief

World Rugby chairman, Bernard Lapesset with CEO Brett Gosper.

A record number of tickets will be sold for this year's rugby union World Cup in England, the head of the sport's ruling body says.

France a different prospect: Lancaster

Growing in stature: England No.10 George Ford.

England have to recalibrate for a "completely different challenge" from France after digesting the lessons from the victory over Scotland that gave them a real chance of winning the Six Nations title, coach Stuart Lancaster said.

Error-riddled England beat Scots

Lost opportunities: Luther Burrell of England is tackled by Rob Harley (left) and Jonny Gray (right) of Scotland.

Steve James   England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title after beating Scotland 25-13 at Twickenham.

Rugby's newest 15-year-old sensation

Johnson-Fisher's four tries helped Oakham to a convincing 47-27 victory over Bishop Wordsworth.

Eryk Bagshaw   Tyrese Johnson-Fisher is quick, really quick - 100 metres in just over 10 seconds quick.

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Ireland beat England to go top in Six Nations

Ireland's Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw celebrate scoring a try against England.

Ireland take a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating win in Dublin.

Burgess remains an outside chance for Cup

Holding out hope: Sam Burgess.

With England set to meet Ireland in the Six Nations on Sunday, Lancaster remains upbeat over his progress but insists Burgess pulling on the England jersey during the World Cup starting in September might be a stretch.

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I will not blow it again: Danny Cipriani

"Every moment and every experience I am appreciating. I am very focused on making the best of my ability": Danny Cipriani.

Mick Cleary   Precious talent often thinks that it has life cracked, that great things can be achieved on instinct alone and that there is nothing much wrong with rampant ego.

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Burgess still flying the flag for Rabbitohs as he steps up World Cup bid

Making progress: Sam Burgess playing for Bath.

Brad Walter   As he attempts to make a new career in English rugby union, Sam Burgess is still recognised for his feats with South Sydney.

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This was no run-of-the-mill concussion

No ordinary concussion: Mike Brown of England is knocked out after a clash with Andrea Masi .

Paul Hayward   There is no reason to hasten fullback's return to action after a blow which was horrific to see, writes Paul Hayward.

Joseph praised as England pile on the tries

Versatile: England's centre-cum-winger Jonathan Joseph.

Gary Fitzgerald   Centre Jonathan Joseph grabbed a brace of tries as England gained their second win in the Six Nations Championship and swept aside a brave Italian side 47-17 with a dominant second half display at Twickenham.

Welsh scars may last for years

Wales' halfback Rhys Webb with a box kick. The Welsh lost because they did not have the platform.

Steve James   Hosts' approach felt too contrived after all the pre-match nonsense, writes Steve James

England fight back to beat Wales in Six Nations thriller

Final whistle: England players celebrate as Wales are vanquished at home.

England bagged early World Cup bragging rights by clawing back a 10-point deficit to claim a thrilling 21-16 victory over Wales in the opening match of the Six Nations on Friday.

Cipriani and Easter in squad to face Wales

Back in business: Danny Cipriani.

England have named five-eighth Danny Cipriani in a 25-man squad for the Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff on Friday.

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Sam Burgess flops for England Saxons

Sam Burgess struggled for the Saxons.

Duncan Bech   Sam Burgess made a forgettable representative union debut as England Saxons ground out a worthy victory over the Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork.

England injury crisis might help Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess in action for Bath.

Sam Burgess could see his bid for a place in England's rugby World Cup squad given a boost by the injury crisis engulfing Stuart Lancaster's back division just weeks before the Six Nations starts.

Bad-boy Dylan Hartley faces discipline dressing-down

Sort it out: England's NZ-born hooker Dylan Hartley is set for a message to clean up his discipline from coach Stuart Lancaster.

England’s Kiwi-born hooker faces dressing down about poor discipline from coach Stuart Lancaster ahead of Six Nations.

Lancaster could not ignore the maverick Cipriani

Danny Cipriani

Paul Hayward   The charge sheet that kept Danny Cipriani out of the England rugby squad is old and yellowed now, so there was no disciplinary justification for extending his Six Nations exile to a seventh year.

England recall Cipriani, Easter for Six Nations

England five-eighth Danny Cipriani.

Mick Cleary   Mercurial No 10 who last played a Six Nations match seven years ago named in England team.