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Leicester Tigers 2002 Vs. Saracens 2016: Rating Each Player To Find Out Who Was The Better Team

Although the rivalry between the Leicester Tigers and Saracens may only be a modern incarnation, they have both given rise to two of the best club teams in the history of English rugby. While the core of the Leicester team may have had it’s roots in the amateur era, they were completely professional in their approach. The Tigers won four Premiership titles …

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Opinion: New Zealand’s Dominance Over Australia Puts England’s Series Win In Perspective

Even though Eddie Jones’ England impressed the global rugby community with a comprehensive 3-0 series victory over the Wallabies, New Zealand’s search for perfection in both and attack and defence against Australia in Sydney shows no one in the world comes close to them. For those Red Rose supporters getting a little carried away after their side won a trio of …

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The Premiership ‘Young Guns’ XV

England and the Premiership clubs both claim that the academies in the country are doing sterling work to produce young talent for both club and country, but just how true is this? We put together a team of the youngest players to have made starts for their club in the Premiership in specific positions. 1) David Flatman, Saracens (18 years, …

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Who Are The Top Five Number 8s In World Rugby Right Now?

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Billy Vunipola of England runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Following on from our review of who currently rank as the top 5 scrum halves and top 5 openside flankers in rugby right now, here we have decided to take a stab at the pivotal Number 8 position in a list which is sure to lead to a host of debate. — Taulupe Faletau At 26 years of age Talupe Faletau has already become …

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England’s Got Talent: How The RFU Finally Got Its Act Together

The recently announced new ‘progressive partnership’ is the latest stage in the improving working relationship between England’s governing body the RFU and its clubs. However, there has been an incredible amount of work behind the scenes to sort out the player pathways into international rugby. Rob Andrew recently left the RFU having been its Director of Elite Rugby (with his …

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England’s Greatest XV – Part 2

We continue our study of the best players to have played for England – statistically speaking – by looking at the best young players and the most successful players in terms of victories over the southern hemisphere and the four most powerful nations of Europe. The Young Guns XV This is a team made up of the most successful players …

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Aviva Premiership 2016-2017 Preview: Saracens

How does anyone go about stopping the Saracens juggernaut? Given the signings that the club has made this season it’s going to be a question a lot of Premiership rivals will be asking this year. Even though Saracens have lost the likes of fly-half Charlie Hodgson and back row tackling machine Jacques Burger, their squad has been enhanced with the …

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A Potential England Squad For The Autumn Internationals

England v Australia - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

As Eddie Jones and England move forward after a fantastic 2016 that has seen the team collect their first Grand Slam in thirteen years and win a historic series 3 – 0 in Australia, England will now play four teams in the Autumn: South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia. We take a look at the changes Jones could make to …

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Andy Goode Column: What Next For The Eddie Jones Crusade

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Eddie Jones,(L) the England head coach looks on with skills coach Glen Ella during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Hats off to Eddie Jones Eddie Jones is now nine from nine in England test matches and has given the squad so much confidence, what the squad did in Australia to go away there and win three nil there with some outstanding performances was simply fantastic. Whats most interesting about Eddie Jones is his man management, Haskell as an example …

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If They Played Today, Who Would Win: England Or The All Blacks?

With both England and the All Blacks recording impressive 3-0 series wins in their respective summer tours, many rugby fans have been speculating what would happen if schedules changed and the two top sides in the world met later this year. We decided to examine the potential head-to-head player match ups, delve into form and stats and see which of the …

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A Post June Series British and Irish Lions XV

Golden Lions v British & Irish Lions

The countdown to the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand is on. With the summer series now wrapped up, rugby fans throughout the home nations await the appointment of the new British and Irish Lions coach. Although Warren Gatland appears to be the leading contender, Joe Schmidt cannot be ruled out as a possible alternative. Whoever the new …

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Michael Cheika Blasts Nigel Owens Following Australia’s Defeat

Australia v England

Michael Cheika has taken aim at Nigel Owens after his side’s defeat to England. In the immediate aftermath of Australia’s series whitewash at the hands of England, Michael Cheika admitted his side were second best. Not only did he he tell Fox Sports that the Wallabies will have ‘to get a little fitter’, but a mixture of lapses in concentration …

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Andy Goode Column: My England XV To Whitewash Australia

Australia v England

1. Mako Vunipola When Joe Marler announced his decision to sit out the tour of Australia, Mako was handed the opportunity to make the loose-head jersey his own. He has done just that, with two massive performances both in the loose and at scrum time. 2. Dylan Hartley It was not too long ago when questions were raised as to appropriateness …

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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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