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Opinion: Here’s An England Selection That Can Beat Australia

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: England player Mako Vunipola in action during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

We’re just days out from the beginning of the international summer tours, and Europe’s best hope for success in the southern hemisphere is probably England. Straight off their Six Nations Grand Slam victory, Eddie Jones’ squad will bid for victory against Australia in the Wallabies’ backyard. The first Tests commence this Saturday with Jones looking to take his biggest scalp yet and overcome former …

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Andy Goode Column: My England XV To Start Against Australia

England v Wales - Old Mutual Wealth Cup

1. Mako Vunipola With Joe Marler taking time off, and Matt Mullan inexperienced at test level, Mako Vunipola should really get the nod to start the first test against Australia. Saying that, he shouldn’t get too comfortable, because he faces a tough test against Sekope Kepu in the scrum.   2. Dylan Hartley Although Dylan has played little rugby after suffering a serious concussion against …

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Which England Team Should Eddie Jones Choose To Face Australia?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01: Alex Goode of England is tap tackled by Jonathan Joseph of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With a number of new faces and fringe players impressing against Wales on Sunday and with Saracens taking the domestic double for this season, Eddie Jones has some serious selection scenarios to ponder before the first test on 11th June. We take a look at a couple of possible teams the England head coach could choose. 1) The tried and …

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Opinion: Why England V Wales Spells Danger For Player Welfare

This time last year, an England XV was lining up to face the Barbarians at Twickenham. Featuring a mixture of some established players and a number of up-and-coming individuals, it was a joyous affair involving attacking rugby and no shortage of flair, nous and vivaciousness. Now, arguably the strongest team England can field will line up against a powerful Wales …

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This Rumoured England XV Leaves Little Room For Experimentation

Eddie Jones is set to select a strong starting XV against Wales. If there ever was a game where the coaches of both England and Wales could experiment, this weekend’s clash is it. Given that the fixture was scheduled so as to compensate clubs for the disruption caused during the World Cup, both Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland would have been forgiven …

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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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England vs Wales: Eddie Jones’ Potential XV

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Eddie Jones, the England head coach looks on during the England training session held at Brighton College on May 17, 2016 in Brighton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones named his training squad for a three-day camp in Brighton last week in preparation for England’s one-off Test against Wales. However, shorn of his Aviva Premiership semi-finalist players (those from Saracens, Exeter, Wasps and Leicester), we look at all the possible XVs that could end up playing Wales’ best on May 29th. With World Cup seedings to be …

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Is Rugby’s Global Season Enigma Realistic?

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 15: A general view of play during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on March 15, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Despite support for newly-elected World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont’s advocacy of moving the Six Nations to later in the calendar year, there are still considerable problems to weigh up in order to create a truly global rugby season. When you plot out all the windows for tier 1 nations’ domestic and international seasons, it really begins to reveal what a …

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The Under Appreciated England XV

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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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Is English Rugby Still Elitist?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Statues are pictured outside Twickenham stadium during an England squad announcement at Twickenham stadium on January 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

For much of English rugby’s history the game has been regarded by many as one dominated by the middle and upper classes, while football was generally the preserve of the working class. However, has professionalism helped to change rugby’s appeal and is it now a more open game? To look at this issue, it’s important to analyse the educational make-up …

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Gloucester Sign England-Qualified Tighthead Prop From Highlanders

gloucester NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 09: Josh Hohneck of Waikato dives to score a try during the round nine ITM Cup match between Hawke's Bay and Waikato on October 9, 2015 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Gloucester Rugby have announced the signing of Josh Hohneck from Kiwi side Highlanders. The tighthead prop was integral to the New Zealand team’s Super Rugby triumph last year, and held up the scrum excellently. Having started throughout the year for the team crowned the champions of the southern hemisphere, Hohneck now turns to the future, and will join Gloucester at …

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England’s Summer Tour To Australia: Who Gets The Nod?

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 17, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

As Eddie Jones’ first XV begins to take shape, England’s tour down under in June will provide the perfect opportunity to try out a number of as yet unseen combinations, writes Jack Yates. Admittedly Jones’ predecessor Stuart Lancaster was castigated for his employment of an over-abundance of pairings, nowhere more so than in the centres, utilising no fewer than 13 …

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Picking A British And Irish Lions 23-Man Squad Ahead Of 2017’s Tour

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Wales wing George North in action during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Angus Cross picks his British and Irish Lions 23-man squad ahead of next year’s tour to New Zealand.  _____ 1. Jack McGrath McGrath’s improving quickly in the scrum and is a destructive force in the loose. _____ 2. Dylan Hartley The England captain developed into a real leader during the Six Nations and his qualities will be essential. His basic skills in the …

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