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Ashton returns to Twickenham with point to prove

Chris Ashton pauses when asked how he might be received by the Twickenham crowd on Sunday. "I might have been forgotten," he says with a smile, "hopefully!"

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Tipuric to fulfil 'special' ambition with Baa-Baas

Wales back row Justin Tipuric has postponed plans for a rest in order to fulfil a childhood dream at Twickenham on Sunday.

Hughes added to England squad for Barbarians

England have added Nathan Hughes to the squad that will prepare for Sunday's clash with the Barbarians at Twickenham.

England

Saracens reluctant to let Sanderson go

Saracens would be reluctant to lose Alex Sanderson to England after Mark McCall revealed he is seen as his eventual successor as the club's director of rugby.

England: Who could replace Gustard?

Paul Gustard's decision to join Harlequins has given Eddie Jones a headache he could have done without on the road to Japan. ESPN looks at three candidates to plug England's defensive hole.

Top rugby headlines

Rugby

Moody, Franks bans at odds with safety focus

Given all the talk of player safety being a priority in rugby, the two-week bans handed to All Blacks props Joe Moody and Owen Franks are grossly inadequate, Craig Dowd writes.

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Tahs' win must be the beginning, not the end - Growden

A second Waratahs triumph in a row over a Kiwi opponent is far from a faint dream - it should be an anticipated non-negotiable. They must convince themselves they are dominators, not spectators -- Greg Growden writes.

All Blacks

Taufua's All Blacks selection a lesson in persistence

Brad Shields may have decided his future lay elsewhere but Jordan Taufua's ascension to the All Blacks shows that talented New Zealanders should never give up on Test rugby, Craig Dowd writes.

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Hansen: Shields 'would have been an All Black'

Steve Hansen has claimed Brad Shields would have been an All Black this year had he not switched allegiance to England.

Weekend Review

Weekend review: Player of the weekend, flop & more

Plenty was sorted out over an enthralling few days but who shone, who had a weekend to forget and what will fans be talking about ahead of a busy period of domestic action?

Rebooted: Australia's drought breakers

After 40 games, Australia finally saw the end of their New Zealand hoodoo with the Waratahs putting on a slick display to thump the Highlanders, while the deliberate knockdown debate continues to rage.

Super Rugby

In or out? SARU must end SANZAAR gossip

The Royal Wedding may be the headline act in London this week but a meeting to discuss a union already 20 years old will also take place. It's time SANZAAR puts the heat on South Africa and seeks some clarity around its position in the alliance.

Should South Africa ditch SANZAAR?

KweséESPN's John Goliath looks at some of the pros and the cons if SA Rugby decides to ditch their southern-hemisphere partners for their northern counterparts.

Barbarians-like Sunwolves are Super Rugby's entertainers

Amidst the continual Waratahs bleat over 'we wuz robbed' refereeing decisions, an important Super Rugby moment has been overlooked -- a group of battlers have at last been rewarded for their initiative, writes Greg Growden.

Aviva Premiership

Gloucester make gesture to fans with tattoos

Aviva Premiership side Gloucester launched their re-branded logos earlier this week, but that brought up a rather difficult problem -- what about the fans who had the side's old logo tattooed to their body?

Goneva crowned Premiership POTY

Vereniki Goneva has been named as the Premiership Rugby Player of the Season after a brilliant season in which he helped guide Newcastle Falcons to their first ever playoff appearance.

England call-up influenced Cipriani move

Danny Cipriani has confirmed his decision to turn down lucrative offers from overseas to join Gloucester was based on an England lifeline from Eddie Jones.

England

England must deliver for Jones in South Africa

Eddie Jones has tasked England with solving the issues that blighted their Six Nations campaign as he seeks to find the final 30 percent of his Rugby World Cup squad in South Africa.

England's new faces: Who are they?

England coach Eddie Jones has included seven new faces in his squad for next month's tour of South Africa. ESPN gives you the lowdown on those hoping to impress.

Jones: Cipriani desperate to play for England

Eddie Jones explains his decision to hand Danny Cipriani a place in his England squad to tour South Africa.

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