Candidate choices as the England new centre (among roles under scrutiny)

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England may have ‘scraped their way to victory’ over Wales on Saturday, but little was done to instill confidence in this team. Positional analysis might be searching for improvement and/or change, including areas like the candidates for an England new centre Though some individuals stood out, the overall performance was rather underwhelming for a number […] READ MORE



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


Exeter Chiefs Rugby 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus

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Gallagher Premiership Rugby is just weeks away from beginning. Here at Last Word on Rugby, we’re turning the microscope on to all the major competing sides and focusing on Devon’s Exeter Chiefs. The former Championship winning club was bested in the final playoff match. One that will be remembered for the sheer excitement and to-and-fro […] 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


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


Sale Sharks Champions Cup Hopes Rest on this Weekend

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Sale Sharks need to achieve three out of three wins in their final games in the Pool Two if they are to have any hope of a quarter-final spot in the Champions Cup. They travel to Exeter Chiefs this weekend with the hope of upsetting England’s high-fliers in the competition. The State of the Pool […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup quarterfinal: England Line Up and Ratings

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A hugely exciting weekend of Rugby World Cup quarterfinal action starts with England v Australia on Saturday morning. The team’s selection, and the England line up are critical to the hopes of the national side. Charlie Inglefield previews the two confirmed line-ups to see who has a slight advantage – starting with England. England Line […] READ MORE


Eddie Jones names his 31-man England World Cup squad

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Following his side’s 33-19 victory over Wales at Twickenham, Eddie Jones has named his 31-man England World Cup squad. Robert Rees has the latest. England World Cup squad Owen Farrell will captain England in his second Rugby World Cup. The squad of 31 players have over 1,000 caps, with 17 having played in at least […] READ MORE