The England rugby team will seek perfection against France

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England v Ireland on Saturday night was enthralling and significant. Significant because the England rugby team made an emphatic statement to the rest of the world that they are ready for the World Cup. This was a mighty performance by England when one considers the quality of the opposition and the venue. Winning away from […] READ MORE


Who would start for England in the World Cup

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England completed a positive autumn series with a resounding 37-18 win over their arch enemies Australia at Twickenham. Consider where England were in June after a desperately disappointing second test defeat to the Springboks in Bloemfontein? November was a crucial four weeks for Eddie Jones and England and they have responded with victories against South […] READ MORE


Why Eddie Jones has ‘kept the faith’ with Manu Tuilagi

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At his best, Manu Tuilagi is a true game-breaker in the number 13 jersey. At just 27-years-old, the Leicester centre should be in his absolute prime. He is not, and that’s a problem for Eddie Jones, even though he’ll keep faith in Tuilagi nonetheless. The dejected look across Jones’ face as he revealed that the […] READ MORE


If Ashton and Slade fire, England Rugby can ‘dare to dream’

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England versus the All Blacks has been long overdue. And despite Eddie Jones’ men having a dismal 2018 for England Rugby thus far, they can go into this eagerly awaited clash with some hope. England are heavy underdogs, which will mean the pressure valve which has encased English rugby since their disastrous 2018 Six Nations campaign, […] READ MORE


Champions Cup Pool Two Wide Open After Round One

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Week one of this season’s Champions Cup has lived up to all expectation in terms of drama and excitement. If not in terms of flair and high scoring matches due to adverse weather conditions across the continent. Continuing our analysis of Champions Cup Pool Two, we react to all the big talking points from the […] READ MORE


Exeter Chiefs Transfer and Contract Rumour Roundup

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Exeter Chiefs tend not to be the club one thinks of when transfer rumours and protracted contract negotiations are in discussion. But like many things in the world of rugby, this year things have changed. Sandy Park has become a hot bed for potential ins and outs as well as speculation surrounding contract negotiations. Last […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership Round Two: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

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The Gallagher Premiership Round Two match ups continued at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday when Wasps met the Exeter Chiefs. Both sides had featured in last season’s top four, Chiefs being pipped to their second consecutive championship title by Saracens. Wasps too had performed well; not quite their brilliance of 2016 but still potent in […] READ MORE


Can Baxter’s Boys take over Europe?

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Rob Baxter has brought Exeter Chiefs up from the depths of the Championship, back into the top tier and reached the summit in winning the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership. However, as the champions of England prepare to enter the European Champions Cup pool of death by facing Glasgow Warriors at Sandy Park on Saturday evening, the […] READ MORE


What’s Hot and What’s Not, in Aviva Premiership Round Four

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Last weekend’s Aviva Premiership Round Four action saw Exeter Chiefs win, in the anticipated replay of last year’s final. If that was not ‘hot enough’ Leicester Tigers and Northampton continued to rejuvenate their seasons, after below par performances early on. And boiling away, there was also wins for Saracens, Newcastle, and Gloucester. Knowing this, Last […] READ MORE


Eddie Jones Faces England Rugby Inside Center Selection Dilemma

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Eddie Jones faces a selection dilemma with the England Rugby inside center position. In his initial England squad as head coach, Eddie Jones searched for a physical inside center. With all this choice, Last Word on Rugby asks “who is the next player to wear the number 12 jersey?” Inside center is an area Jones […] READ MORE