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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

Eddie Jones Names England Squad To Take On Italy

England coach Eddie Jones has named a 28 man squad to train at Pennyhill Park this week in preparation for the game against Italy on 26th February. The 23 from the victory over Wales are included, as well as Teimana Harrison, the uncapped Mike Williams, Exeter Chiefs’ playmaker Henry Slade, and the returning duo of stalwarts Anthony Watson and Mako …

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Four England XVs Highlighting The Country’s Depth Of Talent

Eddie Jones’ England are now on an unprecedented run of victories for the country, and part of that run of unparalleled form has been down to the depth of talent the head coach can choose from. Even with regulars like Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and George Kruis out of the team, the side has still defeated both France …

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The England Team Eddie Jones Should Pick To Face Italy

With England looking more like their old selves against bitter rivals Wales in a ferociously intimidating Principality Stadium in Cardiff after a lacklustre effort against the French, coach Eddie Jones is in an excellent position to test out some new faces and fresh combinations when facing a below par Italy on 26th February. But although Jones has said he will …

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England Watch: Which Players Are Pushing For International Honours?

It’s easy to overlook the Premiership with the northern hemisphere’s flagship tournament the Six Nations taking place, but many individuals put their hands up for England selection with some sterling performances for their clubs last weekend. We look through the statistics and highlight some of the best performers from the latest round of Premiership action. ________ Top EQP Tacklers Wasps …

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The England Team Eddie Jones Should Pick To Face Wales

With England struggling against a resilient and highly impressive French outfit, but with the home side’s replacements making the difference to see the men in white take the victory, coach Eddie Jones has some very difficult selection decisions to make before next week’s game against Wales in Cardiff. We put together the side that we think Jones should consider for …

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England Player Ratings V France

The worst performance by England under coach Eddie Jones saw the side do just enough to get over the finish line and earn an historic fifteenth consecutive victory, but the impact of the bench in the second half will certainly provide Jones with some selection headaches for next week’s match against Wales in Cardiff. 1) Joe Marler 5 This was …

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Opinion: Why Eddie Jones’ England Can’t Stop Making Sense

Although England coach Eddie Jones sprung a couple of surprises in his selection for the game against France in the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations, his selections almost always seem to work and ultimately, this team is the perfect fit to face the French today. Jones’ consistency in his team picks mean the men in white now have …

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Does England Selection Favour Certain Clubs?

Does being at one club make you more likely to represent England than another? We take a look at the players who have been capped since the beginning of Stuart Lancaster’s time in charge and see if there are any correlations between capped players and the clubs they play at. This writer recently wrote a piece where it was suggested …

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The Likely Candidates To Succeed Dylan Hartley As England Captain

Eddie Jones has recently bemoaned the lack of captaincy options available to him as England enter into their second Six Nations campaign under the Australian head coach, so we take a look at the potential future captains of the England team. England coach Jones said in a recent interview (via The Mirror): “How many potential captains do we have in …

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What Eddie Jones’ Latest England Squad Tells Us

With the latest edition of the Six Nations tournament quickly looming on the horizon, England coach Eddie Jones has today named his 34-man squad to take on the best Europe has to offer and try to retain their Championship title from last year. Although we never expect to see wholesale changes in Jones’ squads, and indeed the Australian is limited …

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Sale Sharks Sack Player After Team Leak Allegations

Sale Sharks have today announced that winger Tom Arscott has had his contract terminated with the club. The statement released on behalf of the club reads: “Sale Sharks have today terminated the contract of Tom Arscott with immediate effect following a disciplinary investigation and hearing. No further comment will be made in accordance with the club’s disciplinary procedure.” It is …

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RFU To Push For Five-Year Residency Rule

England’s governing body, the RFU, are to push for the existing global residency rule to be extended from three years to five, meaning players not born in or with parentage from their adopted country must live in that nation for at least five years to qualify. According to The Telegraph, the RFU’s chief executive is keen to see a change …

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What Is Elliot Daly’s Best Position For England?

England tyro Elliot Daly has already played in two positions for his country in his fledging international career and could line up for the national team at fullback as well, but where on the pitch would be best for him, his country and his future? We assess his options. Whilst Daly is a prodigious talent and has been impressive for …

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