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England’s 15 Most Likely Lions

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Maro Itoje of England scrummages 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)

England are arguably now the best they’ve been since the 2007 Rugby World Cup. After their disappearance at the World Cup last year, the forwards are again terrorising their opposite numbers while Eddie Jones also has pace and creativity amongst his back line. Elsewhere, the Ford-Farrell axis creates the space for the lightning-quick Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph. With the Lions …

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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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England’s Greatest XV – Part 1

England fans will always have their own ideas about the country’s greatest ever players, but we have decided to put together various statistically-based teams to help provide some more concrete evidence to support your claims for your favourites. Let’s begin with the players that have won the most games for their country: The Winners XV. The Winners XV To highlight …

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The Secret Agent: Leicester Tigers Sign Munster Tighthead

When Ben Betts’ name was not included among the members of Munster’s academy for the 2016/17 season, I immediately became suspicious. After all, the tighthead was an important part of Ireland’s under 20 Championship campaign, and Munster are not blessed with a huge amount of talent in that position. The Young Munster player’s big carries and powerful scrummaging impressed people in …

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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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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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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 vs Australia: Second Test Player Ratings

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Jack Nowell of England is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Angus Cross reviews each and every England player’s performance following Eddie Jones’ side’s historic series victory down under.  ______ 1. Mako Vunipola: 8.5 A magnificent performance from Vunipola. His basic skills, for a prop, are marvelous and his work rate is unprecedented by another loosehead prop in world rugby. ______ 2. Dylan Hartley ©: 8.5 Hartley scored only his second …

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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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Tensions Rise As Michael Cheika Insists On Attending England’s Pre-Match Meeting With Referee

Australian Wallabies Media Opportunity and Team Photo

Australia were angered by Romain Poite’s interpretation of rugby’s scrum laws. In the aftermath of the Wallabies 39-28 defeat to England last weekend, the Australian media immediately began criticising Romain Poite’s decisions at scrum time. Former Australian coach Bob Dwyer and ex-captain Phil Kearns were particularly vocal, arguing that it was in fact Dan Cole who was scrummaging illegally, not Scott …

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