Six Talking Points from England’s World Cup training squad

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England’s 38-man World Cup training squad has been announced by Eddie Jones. Although most of the squad was expected there have been a few surprises. David Challis looks at the biggest talking points from the squad announcement and what it could mean for England’s World Cup campaign. Joe Marler returns from Retirement The biggest shock […] READ MORE


Devastating loss for England Rugby but, they have their Mojo back

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This was another wonderful old-school test match between England and the All Blacks. Played in dreadful conditions at Twickenham, New Zealand took the match… just, by fighting back after the England rugby team were ahead 15-0 at one stage, to narrowly win 16-15. The World Champions were given an almighty scare by a resurgent England rugby […] READ MORE


Desperate England ring the changes as powerful Springboks await

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Eddie Jones’ latest England squad announcement has been met with ridicule, surprise and in some quarters a whiff of welcoming change. Regardless of the opinions, these are undoubtedly difficult times for everyone associated with English rugby, let alone Eddie Jones, who along with his radical viewpoints on selection has an injury list as long as […] READ MORE



Eddie Jones Needs to Rethink England’s Finishers

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Being thrashed by the Auld Enemy raises serious questions about England’s finishers. Eddie Jones’ side come away from BT Murrayfield without even a losing bonus point after a demoralising 25 – 13 beating. The Scots may have had sore heads the following day but none will be worse than that of the England Head Coach. […] READ MORE


6Nations Captains’ Press Conference

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The 2018 NatWest 6Nations launch event began with the usual rousing highlights clips, that have the hairs standing on the back of one’s neck. Soon followed by the eagerly awaited 6Nations captains’ press conference, coaches session and both the women’s and Under 20 sides – the Championship is now a much larger proposition, as the […] READ MORE




Gatland’s Lions Squad – the Breakdown

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The long wait is over, as Warren Gatland announced his 2017 British and Irish Lions squad. One which will be discussed, debated and contested–already, the eyes of the world are on the Lions squad heading for New Zealand in June. 41 Players in total: 16 Englishmen, 12 from Wales, 11 Irishmen and just the two […] READ MORE


Weekend Talking Point: The Zero Ruck

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Zero ruck is not a new tactic, its use in the professional ranks by both the Hurricanes and Chiefs – and a lesser extent by the All Blacks - have seen it make its way into the amateur game here in New Zealand. READ MORE