Wayne Bennett pleased with England start

The veteran Australian handed out five new caps in the absence of his skipper Sam Burgess and five players from the Super League grand final and watched his new-look, somewhat experimental side gain a 40-6 victory over a spirited France in Avignon.

Bennett names first England squad

Eight NRL players, including Sam Burgess, have been included but the former Kangaroos mentor has omitted some established names as he looks to guide his adopted nation to a first ever tournament success.

England played like 'pretty boys' - Bayliss

It was an outing to forget for hosts England, who were dismantled by nine wickets at Old Trafford.

England struggled to 135-7, a total chased town by Pakistan inside 15 overs with just one wicket lost thanks to Sharjeel Khan (59) and Khalid Latif (59 not out), who shared a 107-run opening stand.

"The game was all about momentum. The way we were going allowed Pakistan to get on top," Bayliss told Sky Sports, having watched his side lose 54-6 during their innings.

"We didn't show urgency with our running. We played like pretty boys at one stage.

Rooney happy with deeper England role

There had been a lot of talk in the build-up to England's opening Group fixture about the Manchester United star being listed in Sam Allardyce's first squad as a midfielder rather than a striker and he consistently sat deeper in the 1-0 victory in Trnava.

And Rooney, who became the most-capped outfield player in England's history with his 116th appearance in the match, claims that he is happy with his position in Allardyce's side.

"That's where Sam wanted me to play, we worked on it through the week," he told ITV.

Wallabies lose second Test against England 23-7

It marked England's first series win on Australian turf, but it was the turf itself that was the biggest talking point as the pitch more closely resembled a sand pit at times.

England had won the first Test 39-28 in Brisbane last week to set up the series victory.

Despite assurances from ground staff in the lead-up to the Test, the sub-standard turf failed to hold up for even the first scrum.

England climb above Boks after win over Wallabies

RNZI reports Eddie Jones' team's 39-28 victory over an ill-disciplined Australian side has them 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

And their first-ever win in Brisbane means the Springboks slip to fourth in the rankings, after the home loss to Ireland.

The 26-20 win at Newlands - despite playing an hour of the game down to 14 men - was the Irish team's first-ever triumph in South Africa.

Fiji leapfrog Japan up to No.10 after both teams won on the weekend.

Euro 2016: England and Russia given disqualification warning

It has begun disciplinary proceedings against Russia - but not England - after "totally unacceptable" scenes at Saturday's England-Russia game.

Footage appeared to show Russia fans rush at England supporters after the Euro 2016 1-1 draw in Marseille.

Charges against Russia are for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, and setting off fireworks, Uefa confirmed.

There were issues with segregation of fans, the body admitted, promising security would be "strengthened".

England secure first Six Nations grand slam in 13 years

According to Reuters, the visitors produced a powerful display but were ill-disciplined at times, enabling scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud, who scored all France's points from penalties, to keep his team in contention throughout.

Viking hoard found in field sheds light on England's origins

The British Museum on Thursday unveiled the Watlington Hoard, a collection of silver bands, ingots and 186 coins from a tumultuous period in British history.

England exit World Cup with 10 try win

Successive defeats by Wales and Australia had already ensured England would be the first hosts to go out of the tournament at the group stage.

Nick Easter, 37, and Jack Nowell scored hat-tricks against a Uruguay side with only four professional players.

Anthony Watson grabbed a well-finished brace, while Henry Slade also crossed.

This was not how it was supposed to end for Stuart Lancaster's men, in a meaningless contest which saw the crowd frequently make their own entertainment with Mexican waves and paper aeroplanes aimed at the pitch.