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Six England ‘New Cap’ XVs For Every Era Since 1997

Every England coach brings in their own players and caps youngsters for the first time, but by compiling teams made up entirely of new caps under each successive coach, we are able to see why some of them succeeded and why some simply failed. Each side here tells a story of English rugby through the years. Clive Woodward New Caps …

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By Numbers: The Aviva Premiership

Before the new Aviva Premiership season kicks off, we look at some of the most intriguing records from the history of the league, including the most points scored in games, the most red cards and some truly outstanding performances from individual players. Points mean prizes The biggest ever winning margin in a Premiership game was 94 points when Richmond thrashed …

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Switching Allegiances: International Rugby’s Coaching Turncoats

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Eddie Jones, the England head coach poses with the Six Nations trophy after their Grand Slam victory against France at Pennyhill Park on March 20, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With Australian Eddie Jones having a perfect start to his time with England, the RFU will probably be wondering why they didn’t think about hiring an overseas coach sooner after achieving only one Grand Slam in thirteen years. Yet, he isn’t the only ‘turncoat’ to have achieved success. Only New Zealand, France and South Africa have never had a foreign-born …

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Making History: The Significance Of England’s Series Win

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Dylan Hartley, the England captain, lifts the Cook Cup and celebrates with team mates after their series victory 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)

Forget the World Cup victory of 2003, England’s series win in 2016 has far more historical significance. Before this series, England and Australia had faced each other 44 times. On those 44 occasions, England had won just 18 of those games with Australia being the victors 25 times. But in terms of victories Down Under, the win has even more …

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Eddie Jones’ England: Unswerving, Unwavering, Uninhibited

The Australian’s Red Rose side is one built on a relentless desire to win at all costs, regardless of what strategy, gameplan or style of rugby is employed to gain victory. Stuart Lancaster’s England side were often consistently good but never good enough when it really mattered – as reflected by his teams’ second placed Six Nations finishes over four …

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2006 – 2016: The I’d Forgotten They Were Capped By England XV

England v Australia - Investec Challenge Series

England have capped 104 players since 2006. Apart from their recent Grand Slam triumph, England have enjoyed little success at international level over the last decade. It has even been argued that their 2003 World Cup triumph hamstrung England, as they struggled to emerge from the shadow cast by Clive Woodward’s team. Indeed, Andy Robinson, Brian Ashton, Martin Johnson and Stuart Lancaster …

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Opinion: Eddie Jones Must Break Away From England’s League Convert Obsession

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the media session held at Pennyhill Park on February 22, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

As news broke of league convert Ben Te’o moving to Worcester to improve his international chances by representing England, memories of the national side’s recent past of flirting with rugby league players and tactics came back to haunt many fans. Reported by Pundit Arena’s Brian Barry, Te’o is leaving Leinster because he qualifies for England through his English mother. Moreover, …

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How France’s Club Game Is Contributing To The Decline Of The National Team

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 26: Guy Noves the head coach of France looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Despite all the press over England’s embarrassing World Cup exit, France’s shocking 62-13 loss to New Zealand at the World Cup highlights fundamental issues in French rugby, argues Paul Wassell. France have coughed and spluttered their way to two victories so far in this year’s Six Nations Championship against a determined Italian side and a struggling and injury-hit Irish team, …

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