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Farrell ruled out of Six Nations

Owen Farrell will miss the Six Nations. Credit: PA

Owen Farrell has been ruled out of England's entire RBS 6 Nations campaign with a knee injury.

The Saracens fly-half, who was expected to supply midfield cover from the bench, suffered a high grade medial ligament strain in Sunday's European Champions Cup defeat at Clermont

"It's a real shame for Owen that he sustained this injury and we wish him the best for his recovery," head coach Stuart Lancaster said.

Farrell's absence has opened the door for Danny Cipriani to claim a place on the bench against Wales on Friday week with George Ford starting the Championship opener at the Millennium Stadium.

Cipriani is competing with Stephen Myler to supply cover for Ford and will have a week's training at the squad's Pennyhill Park training base to argue his case for selection.

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England set to call up fly-half Danny Cipriani

Stuart Lancaster will hedge his bets on Danny Cipriani's Test future by naming the Sale fly-half in his extended Six Nations training squad.

Cipriani will be confirmed in England's wider squad on Wednesday to prepare for the Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff on February 6, along with Harlequins' 36-year-old back-rower Nick Easter.

Danny Cipriani will return to the England fold. Credit: PA

Cipriani could still, however, officially remain in England's second-string Saxons squad, with George Ford, Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler the senior playmakers.

Easter will earn a first squad call under head coach Lancaster, and has not featured for England since the 2011 World Cup.

Bath's rugby league convert Sam Burgess will be named in the Saxons squad as he continues his quest for a place at this year's World Cup.

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Robshaw rejected surgery for Six Nations

England skipper Robshaw couldn't face the prospect of missing the Six Nations. Credit: PA

England captain Chris Robshaw has revealed that his decision not to undergo shoulder surgery was driven by next month's Six Nations Championship opener against Wales in Cardiff.

Robshaw is set to return to action on Saturday when his club Harlequins tackle Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester.

Had Robshaw gone down the surgery route, he would have faced three months out, missing the entire Six Nations campaign.

You don't want to miss out on these occasions, especially going back to the Millennium, you simply don't.

You don't want to be on the sofa watching on TV as everyone else is going into battle. We want to try and rectify what happened there two years ago.

I wanted to be in Cardiff. That was in my mind when I hurt my shoulder. I saw a couple of specialists who went through the options. Once I knew that rest and rehab could do the job, then it was decided to go down that route. You want to be out there playing. Simple as that."

– Chris Robshaw speaking to the Telegraph

O'Driscoll: 'I didn't want to take the Ireland shirt off'

After the thrilling 22-20 win against France in Paris that secured the Six Nations crown for Ireland, Brian O'Driscoll said he did not want to take his shirt off after the game because he knew when he did it would "be the last time".

O'Driscoll, whose international career has now ended, said: "I played on for one more year, hopeful to get a victory against the All Blacks - it didn't happen - and to win a Six Nations - and that did happen. You can't have it all, but you take the bits that you get."

He added: "Its been a fantastic Six Nations for us. I've enjoyed every second. It's an hour after the game and I don't want to take this jersey off yet, because I know when I take it off, that will be the last time.

"It will be weird if I start putting it on at home and start walking around in it. So I am kind of dragging it out a little bit."

Irish rugby team selfie celebrates 6 Nations win

The Irish rugby team celebrated their Six Nations win in true celeb style with a victory selfie with the trophy, taken by prop Cian Healy.

But England's players could only watch on from Rome, where they had earlier handsomely beaten Italy to take the championship down to the wire.

A thrilling 22-20 win for the Irish over France in Paris meant they claimed the title on points difference.

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