Eddie Jones faces Farrell selection headache; England v Australia

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England’s emphatic win over Tonga has given Eddie Jones a number of selection headaches ahead of England v Australia on Saturday. Every coach wants options but for Jones, he may have to make the biggest selection call of his England coaching tenure. Does he relegate Owen Farell now and promote Marcus Smith? The clamour to […] READ MORE


Red Roses win seals favouritism for RWC2021 above rivals New Zealand

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Twin victories; and powerful wins over their Rugby World Cup rivals, mean that this latest Red Roses win has sealed the England women’s favouritism for RWC2021 above their rivals, New Zealand. Record wins at that. 56-15. Another record-winning margin over the current World Champions. And following on from the previous week’s record Red Roses win […] READ MORE


Should Wales embrace the plucky loser tag?

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Should Wales embrace the plucky loser tag? Everyone respects a trier, do they not? Before we look at what this tag means and whether it applies to Wales or not, let’s examine some of the talking points from Saturday’s early evening game. Should Wales embrace the plucky loser tag? Wales were much improved on their […] READ MORE



Rugby Canada: Five things they need to do in the future

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ANALYSIS – Rugby Canada for the first time ever will not appear in a Rugby World Cup. Despite the presence of MLR side, the Toronto Arrows, there is still work that needs to be done. Here are just a few that Canada needs to do to get back on top. Rugby Canada: What they should […] READ MORE


Eddie Jones benches Smith and Dombrandt for England v Tonga

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With respect to Tonga, this will be England’s easiest assignment of the winter. This England v Tonga is a match for the taking, though attacking talents like Alex Dombrandt and Marcus Smith being left on the bench will confuse many England fans in the side announced this Thursday. Owen Farrell comes back at fly-half with […] READ MORE


France Autumn Internationals 2021

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France are one big win away from a squad-defining moment. The young group enters the France Autumn Internationals optimistic that ‘their time is now’. This reporter joins many by asking ‘will it come for France against the All Blacks in the autumn internationals?’ After a disappointing summer tour in Australia and an under-par Six Nations, […] READ MORE


Fiji Autumn Internationals 2021

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With a Fijian Super Rugby franchise introduced for 2022, the future has arguably never looked brighter for the Flying Fijians. Two years out from the Rugby World Cup, Fiji will want to prove themselves as contenders during these upcoming Autumn Internationals. The Olympic Influence Embed from Getty Images As is sadly always the case for […] READ MORE


Is it make or break time for Pivac’s Wales?

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Is it make or break time for Pivac’s Wales? The Welsh international men’s rugby team are coming off the back of a thumping 54-16 loss to the All-Blacks. Yes, at one stage Wales were less than scores away from New Zealand but however you want to dress the result up, it was a resounding loss. […] READ MORE


Springbok end of year tour team selection: Opinion

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The Springbok end of year tour kicks off on Saturday against Scotland. Much has been said of the conservative selection, but Jacques Neinaber has opted for continuity. Which regular Springboks were not selected? The omissions from Nienaber’s squad were all injury-enforced. Faf de Klerk (hip flexor), Cheslin Kolbe (knee), Frans Malherbe (neck), Pieter-Steph du Toit […] READ MORE