Gossip column: Robshaw, Brown, Vickery, Best, Sexton, Paterson

Tuesday, 10 February

England head coach Stuart Lancaster will promise Chris Robshaw the captaincy for the World Cup later this year. (Guardian)external-link

Full-back Mike Brown believes England have the best pack in the world. (London's Evening Standard)external-link

Chris Robshaw
England captain Chris Robshaw impressed as he led his side to victory against Wales on Friday

Wales do not need to panic as they were just beaten by the better side in their loss to England on Friday, according to ex-England international Phil Vickery. (ESPN Scrum)external-link

Ireland hooker Rory Best is a serious doubt for Saturday's clash with France, having suffered a concussion against Italy. (Daily Mail)external-link

However, Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Heaslip, Cian Healy and Sean O'Brien could all return to the Ireland team in time for France's visit to Dublin. (ESPN Scrum) external-link

Scarlets full-back Liam Williams is set to replace George North for Wales in Sunday's Six Nations trip to Scotland. (Daily Star)external-link

Ex-Scotland international Chris Paterson has backed full-back Stuart Hogg to be a potential match-winner for Scotland take on Wales. (Scotsman)external-link

Monday, 9 February

There will be video reviews of suspected concussion injuries at pitchside and in team medical rooms at the World Cup in a bid to prevent a repeat of the incident during England's Six Nations victory against Wales, in which George North was allowed to return to play despite appearing to be knocked out. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Adam Jones
Recently retired Wales prop Adam Jones on Twitter: 'After the first weekend Ireland are looking strong and rather worryingly will get better I think! Our boys will come back hard next week'.

Meanwhile, former England international and BBC pundit Brian Moore says George North "should have been removed from play for his own good". (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former England captains Neil Back and Matt Dawson say Chris Robshaw's pre-match refusal to leave the tunnel until Wales were ready to follow them out set the tone for victory in Cardiff. (The Mirror)external-link

Italy have suffered a double injury blow - Alessandro Zanni and Michele Campagnaro suffered knee injuries in the defeat by Ireland and will miss Saturday's game against England at Twickenham. (Daily Mail)external-link

Number eight Taulupe Faletau says there is "still a chance" that Wales can be crowned Six Nations champions this season, despite defeat by England. (Daily Post)external-link

France prop Uini Atonio - the largest international in world rugby at 6ft 5in and 24 stone - says he was taken aback by Scotland's physicality and aggression and described them as the "Springboks of the north". (Daily Record)external-link

Ireland's Ian Keatley had a 100% goal-kicking record in the win over Italy but says he expects to lose his place - "and quite rightly so" - when Johnny Sexton returns against France on Saturday. (BT Sport)external-link

Sunday, 8 February

Stuart Lancaster's side didn't just lay down a marker in World Cup year with their storming win over Wales - it was the night England went from boys to men, according to World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio says the side that beat Wales on Friday reminded him of the class of 2003, when England last won the World Cup. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

Wales coach Warren Gatland gave his players the silent treatment after their defeat to England. (Observer)external-link

Sam Warburton, Ledley King and Cliff Jones
Ledley King presented Tottenham fan Sam Warburton (left) with a commemorative Spurs shirt to mark his 50th cap for Wales. Spurs legend Cliff Jones also received a shirt to mark his 80th birthday

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt believes England set the Six Nations "benchmark" with victory over Wales, leaving his side already chasing to keep up and hold on to their title. (Belfast Telegraph)external-link

Former Wales fly-half Barry John says the current Wales team lack creativity and need to reconsider their tactics. (Wales Online)external-link

England full-back Mike Brown insists England had every right to object to Welsh attempts to leave them standing on the pitch for several minutes before entering the fray before Friday night's game. (Daily Mail)external-link

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