Home Tag Archives: 2017 Autumn internationals (page 2)

Tag Archives: 2017 Autumn internationals

Possible Midfield Options For Ireland’s Upcoming Autumn Internationals

With the news of Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose’s lengthy injuries, Ireland’s November opponents will be licking their lips. Ringrose has recently been ruled out of action for up to five months after surgery on a niggling shoulder problem. This, combined with Henshaw already being ruled out for four months after tearing his pectoral muscle off the bone, has Ireland looking …

Read More »

Williams Calls For Stephen Jones And Danny Wilson To Be Brought In For Wales’ Autumn Internationals

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 21: Cardiff Blues' Head Coach Danny Wilson during the pre match warm up during the Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 4 match between Cardiff Blues and Bristol at Cardiff Arms Park on January 21, 2017 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon King - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Former Wales winger Shane Williams has called for Scarlets backs coach Stephen Jones and Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson to be brought into Wales’ set-up for the upcoming autumn internationals. Williams, who starred in three World Cups and is Wales’ all-time leading try scorer, thinks the WRU need to start planning for the future with head coach Warren Gatland stepping …

Read More »

Eddie Jones Admits He’s Made A Few Bad Decisions With England

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the England press conference held at Pennyhill Park on December 1, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England coach Eddie Jones has admitted to making selection errors during his first year as England coach. Last week, Eddie Jones made headlines for unnecessarily criticising New Zealand’s world player of the year, Beauden Barrett. This week, things have been predictably acrimonious ahead of England versus Australia. But despite a war of words with Michael Cheika over scrummaging, Jones also …

Read More »

A Combined England-Australia XV Right Now

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: David Pocock of Australia breaks during the international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England and Australia take to the field on Saturday in their final autumn international. But if Eddie Jones or Michael Cheika could pick from both squads available at Twickenham, who would make the XV? This XV is based on the players available on Saturday, so certain picks such as Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola and Will Genia are not considered. The …

Read More »

Andy Goode Column: South Africa Can Take Advantage Of England’s Vulnerabilities

Barbarians v South Africa - Killik Cup

Although Ireland’s performance against New Zealand seemed to set the northern hemisphere nations up for a crack at their distinguished guests from south of the equator, Wales left a lot to be desired last weekend. While Ireland were accurate in everything they did in Chicago, Wales were sloppy against Australia. Their defence was porous and their error count stratospheric. Some …

Read More »

Five Questions Raised by England’s Selection for South Africa

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Eddie Jones, the England head coach looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on November 10, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England have made five surprising selections for South Africa, which raise interesting questions about Eddie Jones’ thinking and the way the team will set up. Picking Eliot Daly over Jonathan Joseph Jonathan Joseph had been struggling with injury in the week leading up to the test, but England assistant coach Neal Hatley stated that Joseph was fully fit to start …

Read More »

Five Players Who Need A Big Autumn Series To Enhance Lions Case

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Ben Youngs of England scores England's third try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on March 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Autumn Internationals are the perfect time to make an impression on the Lions selectors. Although the Six Nations cannot be beaten for passion and tension, the November series gives prospective Lions the opportunity to match up against southern hemisphere styles, and in some cases, the chance to dominate one’s All Black opposite number. Here are Pundit Arena’s five players who …

Read More »

Wales: Three Of The Top Contenders To Replace Faletau This Autumn

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11: Taulupe Faletau of Wales kicks ahead under pressure from TJ Perenara of the All Blacks during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With the news that Taulupe Faletau is a major doubt for the upcoming autumn internationals, after suffering a knee injury, we take a look at three contenders to replace him. ______ 1. Josh Navidi The versatile Cardiff Blues backrower, and the first player of Iranian heritage to play for Wales, has made an excellent start to the season, playing a …

Read More »

Experienced Wales Backrower A Major Doubt For Autumn Internationals

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11: Taulupe Faletau of Wales scores the opening try during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Wales and Bath No. 8 Taulupe Faletau is a big doubt for the start of Wales’ autumn internationals after a scan on his injured left knee revealed that he would be out of action for between six to eight weeks, according to Bath’s director of rugby, Todd Blackadder. The former Crusaders coach revealed after his side’s 58-5 demolition of Newcastle …

Read More »