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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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Eddie Jones: ‘England Can’t Be Bullied’

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Eddie Jones, the England head coach looks on duirng the England captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 24, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England coach Eddie Jones has said that his side ‘can’t be bullied’ in the upcoming autumn internationals, and that his team haven’t achieved anything yet, as England have yet to displace the world champion All Blacks from the number one spot in World Rugby’s rankings. England currently sit second in the new world rankings and will look to gain ground on top …

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Opinion: Why Wasps’ Hughes Shouldn’t Make England’s Match Day 23 This Autumn

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Nathan Hughes of Wasps passes the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena on September 4, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Nathan Hughes, the barnstorming Wasps number eight, shouldn’t make Eddie Jones’ England match day 23 this autumn because of a lack of versatility compared to his rivals and the form of the Billy Vunipola, the England vice-captain. Since Hughes’ breakthrough season in 2014/15, England fans have been awaiting his qualification for national service. Here was an abrasive backrower to give …

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Aviva Premiership: 5 Conclusions From A Massive Weekend Of Rugby

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Christian Wade of Wasps celebrates after scoring the first try of the match during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Wasps at Welford Road on September 10, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Football has long had its broadcaster-branded ‘Super Sunday’, but this really was ‘Super Weekend’ in rugby’s Aviva Premiership. Here are five conclusions to draw from the Round 2 action. _______ 1. Wasps Will Be Saracens’ Challengers This Year A first away win at Leicester Tigers, a side who made the semi-finals of the European Cup last season, was a superb …

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Exclusive: Schalk Burger Talks Springboks Captaincy And Life In London

St. Albans is a city district just outside London which lies east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, about 19 miles north-north west of London. In Roman times the town was a common destination for travellers heading north on the old Roman road of Watling Street, so it’s kind of fitting that today it is now the new home of Springbok flanker Schalk Burger, a …

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Autumn Internationals: Three Different Back Row Options For England To Choose From

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Eddie Jones, the England head coach looks on 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)

With the huge loss of player-of the-series in Australia James Haskell, here are three different and exciting back row options that Eddie Jones could use in the Autumn Internationals. ______ The Conservative Option The first option is the starting back row from the third Test against Australia following the unfortunate injury to James Haskell. Teimana Harrison was removed from the …

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Opinion: Nonu Should Not Be The Premiership’s First £1 Million Player

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 10: Ma'a Nonu of Toulon leaves the field dejected following his side's defeat during the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final between Racing 92 and RC Toulon at Stade Yves Du Manoir on April 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Jack O’Toole argues that New Zealand star Ma’a Nonu should not be the Premiership’s first £1 million player.  “When Trevor Francis became the first British player to break the seven-figure barrier, 30 years ago on Monday, it felt like the sporting equivalent of putting a man on the Moon,” wrote The Telegraph’s Simon Briggs of football’s first million pound player Trevor Francis in …

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London Irish Stadium Move Takes Another Step Forward

SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: A close up view of the London Irish crest as it appears on a player's shirt during a London Irish Photocall on August 23, 2011 in Sunbury-on-Thames, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Reading-based London Irish are looking into a possible move back to London. Irish, who were relegated from the Premiership at the end of last season, moved from their original home of Sunbury in Surrey, to the Madejksi Stadium in 1998. And despite playing their home games in Reading the senior squad has continued to train at Sunbury, with the youth …

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Northampton Saints Sign Olympic Sevens Star

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Juan Pablo Estelles of Argentina in action during the Men's Pool A, Match 17 between Argentina and Brazil on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Northampton Saints have today announced the signing of Argentina Sevens star Juan Pablo Estelles. Transferring from Atletico del Rosario, the Olympian has a huge amount of experience under his belt having been capped by Argentina’s XVs side once before all the way back in 2008. He will arrive in the Aviva Premiership fresh from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro having been …

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Gloucester Rugby: A Club In Purgatory?

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Willi Heinz of Gloucester Rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and London Irish at Kingsholm Stadium on January 2, 2016 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images).

Going into the Premiership Rugby’s 21st professional campaign, having been a member in the founding 1996/97 season, have Gloucester Rugby reached their potential or has the club simply become content in holding top flight status? Founded in 1873, Gloucester Rugby Club has been a true stayer as a club with prestige and respect within the rugby world. However, having never …

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Opinion: Why Blackadder Won’t Be A Quick Fix To Bath’s Problems

SUVA, FIJI - JULY 01: Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder before the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on July 1, 2016 in Suva, Fiji. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Many Bath fans will have welcomed the appointment of Todd Blackadder from the Crusaders as director of rugby at the west country club after a lengthy and protracted selection process. Blackadder is a proven operator, having been in charge of the Super Rugby franchise since 2009, leading them to two finals in that time, albeit without winning either of them. …

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Aviva Premiership 2016/17 Season Predictions – Part 2

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: The Aviva Premiership Trophy is pictured during the Aviva Premiership Season Launch at Twickenham Stoop on October 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Aviva)

In part one of our season predictions we looked at how Bath, Bristol, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester, Harlequins and Leicester Tigers would fare this term. In part two the focus will be on the remaining six Premiership teams (Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, Saracens, Wasps and Worcester Warriors) while we also reveal our 2016/17 Premiership final table prediction. Newcastle Falcons Players …

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Aviva Premiership 2016/17 Season Predictions – Part 1

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: The Aviva Premiership Trophy stands on a plinth before the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The 2016/17 Premiership season will see potentially the most competitive year of English domestic rugby ever. With Saracens trying to defend their crown for the third year in a row, and with other teams having a point to prove after poor campaigns last year, it will prove an intriguing battle over the next seven months. In part one of our …

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Analysis: Is Australian Rugby In Crisis?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and Wallabies players look dejected after losing the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

On Friday, the bottom-placed team in the New Zealand Super 18 conference faced the top side from the Australian conference. The score? 40-5 to the Auckland Blues over the Brumbies. The subsequent trans-tasman clashes this weekend produced even more watching-through-the-fingers viewing for the Australian sides. This, following the 3-0 Test series loss to England, leads us to ask: has Australian rugby …

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