The road has been long and winding but Bristol’s seven-year exile from the Premiership is finally over. Never in the club’s long and distinguished history has a home defeat been celebrated so raucously. Had the hosts not held a 15-point cushion from the first leg, the last-quarter tension would probably have dislodged tiles from nearby rooftops.
Fiji-born Samu Kerevi and former rugby league player Karmichael Hunt are a chance to make their Test debuts after being included in the Wallabies’ training squad for a three-Test series against England in June.
Eddie Jones has poured scorn on suggestions from Toulon’s owner, Mourad Boudjellal, that Steffon Armitage has been promised an immediate route back into the England squad this year, insisting the flanker will have to move back across the Channel before he is considered for international duty and denying having spoken to anyone at the French club.
It is nine years since an English club lifted Europe’s premier club trophy but Saracens can sense their time approaching.
English rugby has over the years developed a reputation for a Roundhead attitude, but it is the round ball that is inspiring Eddie Jones as the national team’s head coach looks to build on this year’s grand slam success and oversee a fundamental change in playing style.
It might be stretching it a bit to say that this was a slam won in the grand manner, because in truth the second half was a laboured affair, with England rarely required to do much more than stop a France team that was growing wearier with every throw into the lineout.
After a magnificent day for British sport here's a look over some of the nation's other great sporting days.
Scotland’s one off test match victory over Australia on Tuesday morning kicked off a summer of enthralling series of matches.
Never anger a Scot, because you will have to face their wrath.
If Eddie Jones’s players live in perpetual fear of what he may think of next, they should discourage him from taking field trips to the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Jones flew in from Barcelona on Tuesday with a big grin on his face, having witnessed miles and miles of Pyrenean torment, while devising ever-higher standards for his England team.
Long before Twickenham first heard it, Swing Low Sweet Chariot was a funeral hymn.
For those waiting 16 years for a Lions series win, this was a pretty emphatic and satisfying way to do it.
The New York Jets have made an unexpected signing- and we are not talking about Tim Tebow. Ben Coles tells the story of how Hayden Smith convinced the Jets to sign him after deciding to switch sports.
The former England international discusses the need for top talent to better itself abroad and picking the best players for each position with HITC Sport.
A new trailer for the Rugby management sim shows off what you can expect when it's released later this month.
England are set to reshuffle their backline for the autumn international against Fiji on Saturday with Semesa Rokoduguni, Alex Goode and Jonathan Joseph all pressing for more prominent roles.
Back at the start of the month, South Africa’s head coach, Allister Coetzee, was asked about the “aura” of his side.
Imagine if this had been the opening game of a World Cup, rather than the first weekend of the 2016 autumn series. A year ago England were hopeful but slightly uncertain of their best way forward.