Where does Owen Farrell fit in England’s backline?

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With two ankle injuries, Owen Farrell has been making his way back from four months out of the game. In his absence, Saracens have been winning but inconsistent while on the international stage England finished third on the Six Nations table. An improvement on last year but their attack offered little and the team struggled […] READ MORE


Marcus Smith optimistic ahead of Montpellier vs Harlequins

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PREVIEW – There’s not much in club rugby more exciting than the Heineken Cup play-offs. Well, maybe a play-off involving Marcus Smith and his razzle-dazzle Harlequins. It’s the club’s first knockout game in Europe’s top competition for nine years, facing a Montpellier side who are currently 1st in the Top 14. Despite this, Smith spoke […] READ MORE



England get job done but set-piece a concern; England v Wales

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England v Wales rarely disappoints and despite mistakes from both sides Saturday’s encounter went right to the wire. The England v Wales clash encapsulates why the Six Nations is the premier rugby competition on the planet. 17-0 early in the second half and cruising England looked set to bolster their points difference to challenge France. […] READ MORE


Wasteful England punished by hosts: Scotland v England 2022

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Eddie Jones and England will be kicking themselves for not claiming back the Calcutta Cup after Saturday’s Scotland v England 2022 clash. It was a pulsating clash at Murrayfield, with Scotland sneaking home 20-17 despite England dominating possession and territory. The difference came down to Scotland taking what limited chances came their way. Eddie Jones […] READ MORE



The England Number Eight debate

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After a highly successful Autumn international campaign, England rugby fans will be full of expectations as we head into the 2022 Six Nations Championship. One of the big questions they will ask is who will win come out on top in the England number eight debate. England will start with a massive clash against Scotland […] READ MORE


Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

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For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […] READ MORE