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The England ‘Forgotten’ XV

With England being spoilt for choice in terms of depth and the quality of talent available to the coaching team, we take a look at the players who have largely been ignored since the Eddie Jones era began back in December 2015. David Wilson One of three tighthead props in Stuart Lancaster’s 2015 World Cup squad, experienced head Wilson has …

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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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The England Horrendously Underrated XV

England has enjoyed a superb rugby year where it has gone undefeated in 2016 and picked up a Grand Slam and a whitewashing of Australia along the way. In part this has been achieved because of the amount of quality players available to coach Eddie Jones. Even when openside flankers appeared to be dropping like flies in October and both …

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The Midlands England XV

Having already created a team based on players born and/or bred in the North of England, we now move our focus on to those individuals who come from the Midlands. 1) Alex Waller Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, the young English loosehead went through his club’s academy before going on to make over 150 appearances for his club. Many Saints fans …

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Talent Playing Under The Radar: An Underrated XV Selection

Despite producing the goods week in week out for their clubs, this XV selection remains unappreciated by the majority outside their club or country walls. Some remain under the radar at international level while others despite being capped, never seem to get the credit they deserve. Here’s an underrated XV: _____ 15. Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors): Dangerous in attack, solid defensively, …

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England’s One-Cap Wonders (1997 to 2016): Do England Waste Talent?

Does England waste talent? It’s something fans of the Red Rose have been asking themselves for decades and it’s something a number of high-profile names in the game have accused the country of doing, including World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry. A while back this writer put together an England ‘Wasted Talent’ XV made up of players who were …

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The Left Out Of The England EPS XV

Eddie Jones unveiled his elite playing squad last week. After claiming a Grand Slam triumph and a series whitewash over Australia, it seems Eddie Jones can do no wrong. Even England’s normally cantankerous rugby writers withheld their criticism after the Australian unveiled his Elite Playing Squad last week. Indeed, the expected calls for the inclusion of Matt Kvesic were dispensed …

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Analysing The Premiership’s Top Stat Champions

WORCESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Christian Wade of Wasps scoring his fifth try of the match during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Wasps at Sixways Stadium on April 16, 2016 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

The 2015/16 Premiership campaign is done and dusted but that means there’s time to investigate and see who excelled across each area of the game over the last season. So let’s dive in… Tackles Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) – 230 Julian Salvi (Exeter Chiefs) – 229 Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons) – 226 There was a heavy cry from the north …

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England’s ‘Forgotten Men’ XV

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Harry Thacker of Leicester breaks with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match between Leicester Tigers and Stade Francais at Welford Road on April 10, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones has named three squads in the past couple of days: his squad to tour Australia, his Saxons squad to head to South Africa and finally his extended squad to take on Wales in the one-off Test this coming Sunday. Yet, there are still a number of players who will count themselves very unlucky to not be involved. We …

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Opinion: Eddie Jones’ England Curveballs Keep Everyone Guessing


No one outside of the England set-up could have guessed England head coach Eddie Jones was going to select loosehead prop Ellis Genge, and Worcester-bound Leinster centre Ben Te’o came as a surprise to many as well. Journalists across the globe were frantically altering pre-prepared squad announcement articles as Jones tore up the script and brought in a complete newbie …

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The Under Appreciated England XV

Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons - Aviva Premiership

England possess a number of players who are not wholly appreciated outside of their clubs. Although most rugby fans get excited before an international squad announcement, generally coaches might only include two or three new faces. While some might criticise coaches for being too conservative in their selections, given the cut throat nature of international rugby, those in charge have little …

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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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Potential England Squad For The Summer Tour Of Australia

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Luke Cowan-Dickie looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on August 10, 2015 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England’s last ‘proper’ tour of the southern hemisphere was back in 2012 when they went to South Africa. The tour of New Zealand is discounted as – due to the farce over the Premiership final clashing with England’s tour – essentially two different squads were sent over. In 2013 England sent a Lionless squad to Argentina and so was not …

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