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British And Irish Lions 2017: English Options On The Wings

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Anthony Watson of Bath breaks clear to score the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Bath at Kingsholm Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In the twelfth article in this series analyses, here are the options Warren Gatland has on the wings for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Due to the extent of the depth in this position in each of the four nations, this article will be split into four separate pieces with each one focusing on the …

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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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The ‘Homegrown’ England XV: Do England Rely On Foreign-Born Talent?

Since the dawn of professionalism England has been accused by many of relying heavily on foreign-born talent to bolster its ranks at the highest level of the sport. The thorny issue of rugby’s residency rules has come back into the rugby community’s collective consciousness once more with new FFR president Bernard Laporte stating only ‘homegrown’ players will be able to …

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Testing Out Depth: Three England XVs For 2017

England coach Eddie Jones faces some tough selection challenges in 2017, with increasing depth in nearly all positions and a Lions tour that will see the Australian lose a number of his first choice players. In an interview with former England coach Clive Woodward, Eddie Jones explained his plans for 2017 and how he intends to deal with the issue …

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What England’s Latest EPS Squad Tells Us

After England coach Eddie Jones announced two new training squads for the coming year, we take an in-depth look at those selected and axed from the 33 and 45-man training groups for the start of 2017. Front Row Bath’s Nathan Catt is Eddie Jones’ traditional curveball, with the 28-year-old loosehead getting his chance to impress ahead of Leicester Tigers’ youngster …

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Could This Be The England Team To Start The Six Nations?

With Eddie Jones announcing his England squad to train for the upcoming Six Nations on Saturday, we put together a side that could face France in the opening round of the tournament on 4th February 2017. 1) Joe Marler With Mako Vunipola likely to be ruled out of some if not all of the Six Nations due to damaged knee …

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Eddie Jones Expected To Leave Two High Profile Wingers Out Of England’s Six Nations Squad

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Eddie Jones faces a number of selection dilemmas ahead of naming his 33-man England squad that will assemble for a training camp in Brighton next week. The knee injury sustained by Billy Vunipola during England’s 27-14 win over Argentina will see the number eight miss most, if not all, of the Six Nations Championship. While doubts also surround the availability of his …

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Statistically Speaking This Is The Best Lions XV Available To Warren Gatland Right Now

The guys over at rugby.net have for some time now, compiled lists detailing the best players in the world. Using mathematically generated data, they claim to objectively rate players from each of rugby’s elite competitions. Using their Rugby Net Rating Engine, thy interoperate an array of statistics, give them a weighting according to the competitions in which they were recorded and publish them …

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Five Things That England Have Learnt From Their Autumn Campaign So Far

With England’s Autumn Internationals campaign about to come to close for another year once more, we take a look at the five main areas that Eddie Jones and his charges will have learnt from their three games so far. 1) England’s defence must still improve The ‘backs-to-the-wall’ resilience of England’s performance against Argentina when down to 14 and at times …

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Opinion: What Are England’s Best Back Three Options Going Forward?

VILAMOURA, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Brown passes the ball during the England training session held at Brown's Sport Complex on November 1, 2016 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

When Eddie Jones announced his England team to face Fiji on Friday, the return of Semesa Rokoduguni to international rugby on the right wing, widely tipped by the media, indeed came to fruition. What was not anticipated however, was that Elliot Daly, only getting his first start last week for England in his preferred position of outside centre, would be …

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The Left Out Of The England Squad XV

Eddie Jones has been forced to look at alternatives after a number of players suffered injuries. The forward pack Eddie Jones has selected to play against South Africa feels very much like the unit that embarked on the 2015 World Cup campaign. After being described as being “distinctly average” by Jones, Northamton’s Tom Wood has come back into the side, …

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Eddie Jones Unveils 34 Man England Squad To Face South Africa

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England will take on an out of sorts South Africa next weekend. Despite incurring a number of injuries in recent weeks, England will be expected to beat South Africa next Saturday, after the Springboks just about managed to secure a draw with the Barbarians yesterday. Nevertheless, all eyes will be on Eddie Jones, as this will be the first time …

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The London, South And South East England XV

Having named both ‘Northern‘ and ‘Midland‘ teams, we now move on to creating a London, South and South East England XV – made up of players born and/or bred in those parts of the country. 1) Joe Marler Born in Eastbourne, East Sussex and educated at Heathfield Community College in nearby Heathfield, Marler is now one of the leading props …

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What England’s Latest EPS Squad Tells Us

There were mostly expected names in the most recent 33 man England EPS squad announced today, but a few surprise inclusions as well. Coming in from the cold are Gloucester number eight Ben Morgan and Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood, two players who were previously not included in Eddie Jones’ match day squads despite being regulars for former boss Stuart …

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What Is England’s Likely Starting XV For South Africa?

With Eddie Jones set to name his 32-man squad to prepare for the November and December tests next week, including a number of changes enforced by a spate of injuries, we take a look at the likely XV to start against South Africa – a team England have not beaten since 2006. It was back in the final days of …

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Who Is England’s Most Irreplaceable Player?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: England line up for the anthem during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

England’s lengthening injury list ahead of the 2016 autumn internationals has raised the question: who is Eddie Jones’ most irreplaceable player? As a shortlist of five, I would say that England’s key players thus far under Jones have been Dylan Hartley, Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Anthony Watson. England, quietly, are building a squad with significant depth. And …

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What Is England’s Henry Slade’s Best Position?

He’s been shunted around between fly-half, inside centre and at 13, but multi-talent Exeter Chiefs back Henry Slade needs to nail down one position to get himself into the England test team. Against Clermont Auvergne he acted as a replacement fly-half for Gareth Steenson, the week before he acted as inside centre against Gloucester in a partnership with Sam Hill. …

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