What the papers say
A look at the stories making the back-page headlines of Saturday's national newspapers.
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DAILY MAIL: England will hurl themselves into today's RBS Six Nations title decider against Wales under the roof of the Millennium Stadium believing they are ready to end their decade-long wait for a Grand Slam. Also: Rio Ferdinand was last night thinking of effectively ending his international career by withdrawing from the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
DAILY EXPRESS: England captain Chris Robshaw is ready for his team to throw Welsh hostility back in their faces today and secure a first Grand Slam since the World Cup winners of 2003. Also: Nicky Henderson, already the most successful trainer in Cheltenham Festival history, saddled his 50th winner at the showpiece meeting yesterday.
DAILY STAR: Rio Ferdinand could deliver a humiliating snub to Roy Hodgson and turn down his England recall. Also: FA chairman David Bernstein has slammed the Inter fans who hurled racist abuse at Tottenham players.
DAILY MIRROR: Rio Ferdinand may snub Roy Hodgson by rejecting his England recall. Also: Chris Robshaw insists his England team are prepared for any Welsh dirty tricks ahead of today's Grand Slam showdown.
THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand's England future is on a knife-edge with the Manchester United defender plunged into a club-v-country row. Also: Chris Robshaw believes England can make rugby history in today's Grand Slam showdown against Wales.
THE INDEPENDENT: England have found themselves in some dark places in the 15 months since Stuart Lancaster took over as head coach with a brief to restore the team to something approaching international respectability, but they have yet to pass through a long, dark night of the soul. That dubious pleasure awaits them in Cardiff this evening. Also: Scotland captain Kelly Brown admits the country's best Six Nations campaign in recent memory still might not be enough to see him hold on to the captaincy.
THE TIMES: For the tenth time in 23 years England go into the final match of northern hemisphere rugby's blue-riband tournament with the prospect of a grand slam within reach. Also: Ireland could have been playing for the grand slam this afternoon, with a smidgin of luck. Narrow defeats by England and Scotland, the latter in a match they dominated, and a draw against France means, however, that they could finish the season in last place if they stumble in Rome today and France finally come good.
THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson has cast serious doubt over whether Rio Ferdinand will accept a recall for England in what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Football Association and the national manager Roy Hodgson. Also: As we scan the skies above the Millennium Stadium and await the first wisps of red or white smoke, it is easy to forget the truly extraordinary pilgrimages both sides have undertaken.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Graham Rowntree last night heightened the expectation that England can land their first Grand Slam for a decade with a victory against Wales in Cardiff by declaring that "it is the right time for us''. Also: England were accused last night of "getting ahead of themselves'' by declaring that winning a Grand Slam in Cardiff today would help their preparations to emerge as serious contenders for the 2015 World Cup.