England Rugby in need of an overhaul

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Ireland strategically, emotionally and physically dominated England. Eddie Jones is now a man under pressure as are some of his lieutenants after a chastening afternoon in Dublin. The 32-18 scoreline flattered England and a distinctly mediocre 2021 Six Nations has mercifully come to an end. There were familiar failings, poor discipline, poor game management and […] READ MORE


Eddie Jones can reinvigorate England with Simmonds and Dombrandt

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With ‘Le Crunch’ fast approaching, all eyes will be on Eddie Jones squad selection on Thursday. After a deflating, penalty-strewn defeat to Wales, many are asking for Jones to swallow his pride and start picking from the Gallagher Premiership. Chief among the names is Sam Simmonds. The Exeter backrower has once again put in world-class […] READ MORE


England Six Nations Squad Announced

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England Six Nations Squad Announced England have announced their squad for the forthcoming Six Nations tournament. Kicking off against Scotland on February 6th they have announced a 28 man squad to use for the competition. There is also a 12 man ‘shadow-squad’ that will be subject to the same testing protocols as the main squad […] READ MORE


Rob Baxter backs Sam Simmonds to keep pushing for England selection

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Rob Baxter has provided support for Sam Simmonds after another week went by without an international call up. Speaking ahead of the visit of Bath this weekend Rob Baxter addressed the media to show understanding for the situation of Sam Simmonds but also of Eddie Jones and the England setup. David Challis caught up with […] READ MORE



The Simmonds Boys push for England recognition

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The Gallagher Premiership’s brutal schedule has inadvertently pushed a number of players into Eddie Jones’ eye line for England Rugby recognition. The England coach will be delighted that familiar and less familiar names have put themselves into consideration for the Autumn internationals. The intensity of two games a week has pushed certain players into form. […] READ MORE


Has Eddie Jones potted the eight ball?

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Now Billy Vunipola has been ruled out of this year’s Six Nations tournament, Sam Simmonds and Alex Dombrandt became favourites to start against France on the opening weekend. However, both players were left out of  Eddie Jones’ squad and Tom Curry started against France at number eight, not his natural position. A faltering England were […] READ MORE


2020 Six Nations: Eddie Jones’ confusing squad announcement

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Over the last four years, we have got used to Eddie Jones’ often controversial selection calls, yet who will he select for the 2020 Six Nations championship? Let’s be honest, more often than not he has got it right. A Rugby World Cup Final, two Six Nations’ trophies including a Grand Slam is testimony to […] READ MORE


Exeter Chiefs – Is it their Year in the Champions Cup?

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For the last few season pundits and fans alike have been scratching their heads as to why Exeter Chiefs failed to perform in the Champions Cup. Given their domestic prowess, a big European season appeared an inevitability. However, is it this inward and outward pressure that is causing them to stumble in Europe? This season […] READ MORE