England rugby team improve but senior players struggle

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The England rugby team got their Six Nations campaign back on track with a 41-18 win against Italy. As per captain Owen Farrell’s post-match assessment, it was more like the ‘old’ England. But to say that England are back would be false. Once again discipline and unforced errors, 18 of them, blighted England. The form […] READ MORE


England Rugby at crossroads: same again or, try something new

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Scotland were magnificent, no matter what side of the border you reside in. If there had been a 20 point difference on the scoreboard, England could have had no complaints. England Rugby and Eddie Jones face an uncomfortably pressurized lead up to the Italy game next weekend. England Rugby at a crossroads For England fans, […] READ MORE


Gritty but predictable England scrape past France

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England somehow found a way to scrape past a hugely improved France. For that England deserve huge credit. In truth, it was another disjointed and turgid contest against a French team who completely disregarded the tag of being ‘second string’. England could have had no complaints if France had won this game. What is concerning […] READ MORE


Ireland’s ‘Kiwi Trio’ major threat for visitors – England v Ireland

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Ireland’s two recently qualified New Zealanders, James Lowe and Jamison Gibson-Park, have made an immediate impact for Andy Farrell’s team leading into the England v Ireland fixture this weekend. Add to that established midfielder Bundee Aki, and the ‘kiwi trio’ are a major threat to England’s perceived place in the Autumn Nations Cup tournament. Not […] READ MORE


British and Irish Lions watch: Ben Youngs has still got it

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With the 2020 Six Nations eventually signing off over the weekend we took a look at who impressed Warren Gatland, the British and Irish Lions coach. In truth, the quality came in the France/Ireland match. Wales and Scotland played out a dour contest in a windy Llanelli and England were distinctly rusty in Rome against […] READ MORE


Rusty England win the title and France are back

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England won the battle, but it felt like France had won the war after their breath-taking performance over Ireland. On Saturday evening in Paris, France put on a show which gallic legends like Serge Blanco and Philippe Sella would have been proud of. It was brilliant at times, in stark contrast to a turgid affair […] READ MORE



British and Irish Lions watch – Finn Russell is back

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Despite the empty stadiums’ international rugby is back and with it the long road to British and Irish Lions selection. God willing the British and Irish Lions will get the chance to tour South Africa. Unlikely but let’s enjoy the autumn whilst we can and the selection conundrums that Lions coach, Warren Gatland will face. […] READ MORE


The Simmonds Boys push for England recognition

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The Gallagher Premiership’s brutal schedule has inadvertently pushed a number of players into Eddie Jones’ eye line for England Rugby recognition. The England coach will be delighted that familiar and less familiar names have put themselves into consideration for the Autumn internationals. The intensity of two games a week has pushed certain players into form. […] READ MORE