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Paul Wassell

Paul is an English teacher by day and an avid rugby fan the rest of the time. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook, or contact him at paul@punditarena.com

Exclusive – Wasps and England Saxons Coach Andy Titterrell: ‘We Showed A Hell Of A Lot Of Character In South Africa’

Being forced to retire due to injury is an issue that professional players are increasingly having to deal with and it was something that faced former England and Lions player Andy Titterrell. “I retired in March 2014 and then I went straight back into rugby in July time, but it was a difficult time when I retired because clubs were …

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Eddie Jones’ England: Unswerving, Unwavering, Uninhibited

The Australian’s Red Rose side is one built on a relentless desire to win at all costs, regardless of what strategy, gameplan or style of rugby is employed to gain victory. Stuart Lancaster’s England side were often consistently good but never good enough when it really mattered – as reflected by his teams’ second placed Six Nations finishes over four …

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Wales To Play ‘A’ Games Again For The First Time Since 2002

Perhaps partially motivated by Wales’ tremendously embarrassing 40 – 7 loss to Waikato’s Chiefs in the midweek fixture between the first and second tests of their tour of New Zealand, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday that it is bringing back ‘A’ team fixtures for next season. As WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips explained (via WRU): “Outside of the national …

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The Words That Inspired England To Victory Against Australia

Literature has always had a way of inspiring others to fight for a common cause and England defence coach Paul Gustard unearthed the perfect poem to rouse his players for a powerful performance.  As Alex Spink revealed in the The Daily Mirror, Gustard chose to read ‘The Man In The Glass’ by Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr to the squad before …

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England Player Ratings V Australia

It was a truly heroic English defensive effort that kept an ebullient Australian attack at bay for the majority of the match and all the players walked away with considerable credit for their efforts. Here, we give the starting XV scores based out of 10, with 10 being truly exceptional. 1) Mako Vunipola – 8 As a scrummager Vunipola has …

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Opinion: England’s Band Of Brothers Stands Resolute

“From this day to the ending of the world, / But we in it shall be remember’d; / We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; / For he to-day that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother.” (Henry V, Act 4 Scene 3) One never likes to resort to cliches, but Shakespeare’s description of how …

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Opinion: The Second Redemption Of England’s Chris Robshaw

On a night when Chris Robshaw won his fiftieth England cap, he simultaneously became a crucial element within the first ever England team to win a Test series in Australia. It was the pinnacle of a career so far that has been built on  some dizzying heights and some crushing nadirs. It was back in 2009 that the Harlequins flanker …

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England Saxons Claim Historic Series Win In South Africa

After a hard-fought first victory in Bloemfontein last Friday, England Saxons were victorious 29-26 in George and wrapped up the two match series 2 – 0. Despite an increase in intensity from the previous week’s game and some ferocious defending and attacking from South Africa ‘A’, England were able to claim the win thanks to an opportunistic score from winger …

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You Won’t Believe What David Campese Just Said About England

Former Wallabies winger David Campese is never shy at voicing his opinions on… well, just about anything, but the Australian legend decided to pop on to Twitter to tell us his reaction to England’s victory over Australia last Saturday. In the past, Campese has been critical of fellow Australian and England’s head coach Eddie Jones, labelling his playing style as …

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Ireland Show Their Class At Charity Fundraiser

The Ireland squad on tour in South Africa showed their true class by attending a fundraiser in aid of the J9 Foundation, which was set up by former Springbok scrum half Joost van der Westhuizen to support all those with Motor Neurone Disease, a fatal illness that the former South African player was himself diagnosed with back in 2011. But …

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Wales U20s Narrowly Lose Out Against New Zealand

After New Zealand’s shock 33 – 24 loss to Ireland last Sunday, expectations were great on the Baby Blacks to bounce back with a victory against a Wales side that had only just defeated minnows Georgia 10-9 previously in the U20s Championship. Yet like their senior counterparts, the Wales U20s team put in a terrific and ferocious performance that almost …

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