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RugbyU: England rout Italy to put pressure on Ireland

Full-back Mike Brown scored two tries and Owen Farrell added 22 points to secure a 52-11 rout of Italy at the Stadio Olimpico and put England within sight of the Six Nations title on Saturday England's fourth win of the series put them top of the table ahead of Ireland's clash against France in Paris later where a French victory could hand England the title. Vowing to concentrate on their own task of defending a 19-match unbeaten run against Italy, England produced a solid performance throughout and were rarely troubled by a supposedly formidable Italian pack or defence.

RugbyU: England focussed on beating Italy not title

England captain Chris Robshaw says his team are entirely focussed on the tough task of beating Italy in Rome on Saturday rather than hoping to rack up a cricket score in their quest for the Six Nations title. England go into Saturday's final round of matches level on points with Ireland and France. Although they have a +29 points difference advantage over the French, they trail Ireland by +49. Those sides meet in Paris in the day's last match and should the Irish prevail, England would need an almost record score against Italy to snatch the Six Nations crown.

RugbyU: Robshaw elated to claim Welsh 'massive scalp'

England captain Chris Robshaw was in understandably buoyant mood after his side secured the Triple Crown with a 29-18 win over Six Nations champions Wales at Twickenham on Sunday. This victory, revenge for England's record 30-3 defeat by Wales in Cardiff last year that cost Robshaw's men the Grand Slam, left coach Stuart Lancaster's side with a chance of taking the title when the tournament concludes on Saturday. Ireland and France, who face each other in Paris, and England are all level on six points following three wins from four matches.

RugbyU: Irish reputations no worry to Robshaw

England captain Chris Robshaw has insisted his side won't be intimidated by the stellar career records of several Ireland players when the two countries meet in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday. Ireland, with the likes of Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell both prominent, boast a team with numerous British and Irish Lions appearances behind them. And they will arrive in London as Six Nations leaders and Grand Slam contenders following thumping wins over Scotland (28-6) and defending champions Wales (28-3).

RugbyU: Nowell and Burrell to make England debuts against France

England are set to give debuts to wing Jack Nowell and centre Luther Burrell in their Six Nations opener against France in Paris on Saturday. Both backs were named in the starting XV announced by coach Stuart Lancaster on Thursday, with Exeter's Nowell called up following injuries to Christian Wade and Marland Yarde and the loss of form of Chris Ashton. Burrell has impressed for Northampton this season and, with the powerful Manu Tuilagi set to be sidelined for the whole Six Nations, he was included ahead of the fit-again Brad Barritt, who is on the bench.

RugbyU:'No room for error' warns Robshaw ahead of France clash

England captain Chris Robshaw has told his team-mates there will be "no room for error" when they begin the 2014 Six Nations Championship away to France on Saturday. But the Harlequins flanker believes this weekend's match at Paris's Stade de France is just the sort of clash England must win if they are to both improve on last season's Championship runners-up spot and underline their credentials as serious contenders for next year's World Cup on home soil.

RugbyU: Lions' hurt can rouse Robshaw - Lancaster

England coach Stuart Lancaster has backed Chris Robshaw to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on the British and Irish Lions tour when he leads his country in next month's internationals at Twickenham. Robshaw, aged 27 and who has led England in 16 of the last 19 Tests since he was first made captain in the 2012 Six Nations, had been thought to be under pressure from fellow flanker Tom Wood for the role in the Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

RugbyU: Robshaw retains England captaincy

Chris Robshaw has retained the England captaincy for the November rugby union test matches, coach Stuart Lancaster announced on Wednesday. Robshaw, aged 27 and who has led England in 16 of the last 19 Tests since he was first made captain in the 2012 Six Nations, had been thought to be under pressure from fellow flanker Tom Wood for the role in the tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham next month. However, Lancaster said that Robshaw's form for Harlequins this season made him the natural choice for the skipper's role.

RugbyU: Robshaw extends Harlequins deal until 2016

England captain Chris Robshaw has signed a contract extension with Harlequins that extends his commitment to the club until 2016, the English Premiership side announced on Thursday. The 27-year-old back-row forward made his debut for the London side in 2005 and has since made 170 appearances, scoring 16 tries. He was named captain in 2010 and has since led the club to glory in the 2012 Premiership and the 2011 European Challenge Cup.

RugbyU: Selection headache for England's Lancaster

England head coach Stuart Lancaster admits he faces some tricky decisions before he finalises his Elite Player Squad in August. Lancaster is due to name a 33-man party and another 33 players in the second-string Saxons side and his choices have not got any easier following the 2-0 win over Argentina. The coach rested five players - Danny Care, Chris Robshaw, Brad Barritt, Toby Flood and Chris Ashton for the tour to South America and had ten on British and Irish Lions duty in Australia before Christian Wade's call-up on Saturday.
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