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The Already Injured Six Nations XV

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)

Since the dawn of professionalism, rugby has become an increasingly attritional game. Players are now bigger, quicker and stronger than ever before, which in turn has led to greater and more dangerous collisions. In a study commissioned by the LNR (Ligue Nationale de Rugby) and FFR (Fédération Française de Rugby) cataloguing all of the injuries suffered by Top 14 players between …

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Tom Wood Cleared To Play Against Wales But Could Still Face Axing

Northampton and England flanker Tom Wood has been cleared to play against Wales on Saturday after overcoming a shoulder injury in the wake of England’s 19-16 win over France last weekend. Wood played the full 80 minutes against the French but was seen leaving Twickenham with his arm in a sling, which raised concerns over his availability for England’s second round trip …

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Five Quick Conclusions From England V France

England maintained their unbeaten record under Eddie Jones with a 19-16 win over France at Twickenham. Four penalties and a conversion from Owen Farrell and a late Ben Te’o try were enough to seal England the win after substitute prop Rabah Slimani put France ahead by finishing off an excellent team try. The loss of the Vunipola brothers, Billy and Mako, along …

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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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Anthony Watson Set To Be Sidelined For Three To Four Weeks

England’s Six Nations preparations have received yet another blow, after the extent of Anthony Watson’s injury was revealed. Eddie Jones’ side are already without the likes Chris Robshaw, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, while concerns surround the availability of James Haskell and Joe Marler in the opening rounds of the Championship. Watson suffered a hamstring strain during England’s training camp in Portugal, and underwent a …

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Anthony Watson Suffers Hamstring Injury During Portugal Training Camp

England RBS 6 Nations Squad announcement

Eddie Jones and England have been hit with yet another injury setback ahead Six Nations. Already without Joe Marler, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and possibly James Haskell for their Championship opener against France, Eddie Jones might also have to plan for the enforced absence of Anthony Watson. According to The Telegraph, the winger suffered a hamstring injury during England’s training …

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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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Andy Goode Column: Why Jones Should Consider Transitioning The Captaincy Away From Hartley

England Captain's Run

Although we face into what will be another weekend of top quality Champions Cup action, Eddie Jones, as he so often does, stole the headlines on Friday when he announced England’s Six Nations squad. Despite there being no glaring omissions, Jones once gain left us with quite a few talking points following his press conference. There was talk of possible changes at fullback, …

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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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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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Eddie Jones Expected To Name Injured Trio In England’s Six Nations Squad

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Although England maybe the defending Grand Slam champions and are coming off the back of an undefeated year, Eddie Jones’ side maybe a little vulnerable coming into this season’s Six Nations. Jones will definitely be without Billy Vunipola and Chris Robshaw, while the participation of Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler in the early rounds of the Championship is in doubt. In …

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