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Andy Goode Column: My England Team To Face Scotland

Pundit Arena rugby columnist Andy Goode picks his England XV to take on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup next weekend at Twickenham. 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) 4. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) 5. Joe Launchbury (Wasps) 6. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 7. James Haskell (Wasps) 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 9. Ben Youngs …

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The England Team Eddie Jones Should Pick For Scotland

After a disappointing and frankly bizarre match against Italy, England coach Eddie Jones may look to make changes to his team to face a resurgent and impressive Scotland outfit. With England’s inability to deal with the Azzurri’s ‘non-engagement’ ploy, the first half was disjointed in terms of attacking play, but at the same time the men in white were dominated …

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England Player Ratings V Italy

In a rather bizarre game dominated by interpretations of the law rather than the performance itself, England struggled to build any momentum in the first half before producing a far more impressive effort in the last 30 minutes. Here we rate the entire 23 from one to ten: ________ 1) Joe Marler Early penalty conceded at the scrum after pressure …

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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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Four England XVs Highlighting The Country’s Depth Of Talent

Eddie Jones’ England are now on an unprecedented run of victories for the country, and part of that run of unparalleled form has been down to the depth of talent the head coach can choose from. Even with regulars like Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and George Kruis out of the team, the side has still defeated both France …

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The England Team Eddie Jones Should Pick To Face Italy

With England looking more like their old selves against bitter rivals Wales in a ferociously intimidating Principality Stadium in Cardiff after a lacklustre effort against the French, coach Eddie Jones is in an excellent position to test out some new faces and fresh combinations when facing a below par Italy on 26th February. But although Jones has said he will …

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Statistically Speaking This Is The Best XV Of The Six Nations So Far

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander

For some time now, the guys over at rugby.net have 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 using …

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A Combined Wales And England XV Based On The First Weekend Of Six Nations Action

England v Wales - RBS Six Nations

1. Joe Marler (England) 2. Dylan Hartley (England) 3. Dan Cole (England) 4. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) 5. Joe Launchbury (England) 6. Sam Warburton (Wales) 7. Justin Tipuric (Wales) 8. Nathan Hughes (England) 9. Rhys Webb (Wales) 10. Sam Davies (Wales) 11. Elliot Daly (England) 12. Owen Farrell (England) 13. Jonathan Davies (Wales) 14. George North (Wales) 15. Mike Brown (England) Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena On this week’s edition …

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An Alternative England XV To Face Wales On Saturday

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: England players line up for the national anthem prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

After a hard-fought 19-16 victory over France at Twickenham on the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations, England face a Wales team smirking from their 33-7 win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.  Here Angus Cross picks his alternative England XV to face the Welsh on Saturday. ________ 1. Joe Marler After miraculously recovering from a broken leg, …

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The England Team Eddie Jones Should Pick To Face Wales

With England struggling against a resilient and highly impressive French outfit, but with the home side’s replacements making the difference to see the men in white take the victory, coach Eddie Jones has some very difficult selection decisions to make before next week’s game against Wales in Cardiff. We put together the side that we think Jones should consider for …

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England Player Ratings V France

The worst performance by England under coach Eddie Jones saw the side do just enough to get over the finish line and earn an historic fifteenth consecutive victory, but the impact of the bench in the second half will certainly provide Jones with some selection headaches for next week’s match against Wales in Cardiff. 1) Joe Marler 5 This was …

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Andy Goode Column: My England XV To Start Against France

1. Matt Mullan (Wasps) 2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) 4. George Kruis (Saracens) 5. Joe Launchbury (Wasps) 6. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 7. James Haskell (Wasps) 8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 10. George Ford (Bath) 11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 12. Owen Farrell (Saracens) 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath) 14. Elliot Daly (Wasps) …

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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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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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British and Irish Lions 2017: Tighthead Prop Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Dan Cole looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on December 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

This is the third instalment in a series of articles analysing Warren Gatland’s best options for each position from each nation, with this article looking at the tighthead props most likely to be selected for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is expected that three tighthead props will initially be chosen by Gatland and his coaching …

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