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George Ford And The Fickle Nature Of Test Rugby

Quiet resurgences are pretty common across this series-winning England side – with Chris Robshaw and James Haskell leading the way – but in the past two games against Australia, George Ford has gone from being chastised to adored again. Test rugby can be fickle that way. Eddie Jones saw nothing wrong with his performance in England’s “warm-up” Test against Wales …

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England: Analysis Of Eddie Jones’ Second Test Selection

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Eddie Jones, the England head coach looks on during the England training session held at Scotch College on June 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones has made five changes to his match day 23 to take on Australia in the second Test in Melbourne. The obvious selection, which everyone knew was coming, is George Ford back at fly-half with Owen Farrell switching to inside centre. This decision was expected as it worked so well when Ford was brought on for Burrell after half …

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An England XV For The Second Test Against Australia

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Maro Itoje of England takes a lineout ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Although Eddie Jones’ side will not rest on their laurels with a first Test victory, an opportunity to experiment wisely with the starting XV arises. A win would secure a historic series win for the men in white, but a loss would not be catastrophic, with a third test and series decider remaining. Jones said himself that there were a number …

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England Analysis: Jones Needs To Revert Back To The Ford-Farrell Axis

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: George Ford (L) and Owen Farrell walk off the ptich during the England training session at Latymer Upper School on February 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After sticking by the George Ford-Owen Farrell combination throughout the Six Nations, England Coach Eddie Jones broke up the dynamic duo for England’s opening two Tests of the mid-year internationals. Saracens fly-half Farrell was rested for England’s opening test against Wales at the end of last month while Ford was given the start at 10 during the 27-13 victory at Twickenham. …

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Steffon Armitage Seals Move Away From Toulon

TOULON, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Steffon Armitage of Toulon takes on Rhys Ruddock during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Toulon and Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium on April 6, 2014 in Toulon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Pau have announced the signing of highly-rated Toulon back-row Steffon Armitage. The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the French outfit.  Pau’s official website said the deal had been agreed for several days already, but was not confirmed as various bits of paperwork required for Armitage’s transfer had not been completed yet. However, those issues have been corrected and the ex-Saracens …

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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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A XV Made Up Of World Rugby’s Greatest Utility Players

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 19: Jack Nowell of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at the Stade de France on March 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

These are the guys every team needs. Multi-talented, they are able to cover more than one position – the perfect remedy when an injury crises hits. Here’s our XV composed of players of who have made their mark in more than one position. _____ 15. Israel Folau The 27-year-old Wallaby has racked up an outstanding 18 tries in 38 test appearances. After …

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Opinion: The RFU Need To Host More England Fixtures Outside Of Twickenham

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Chris Robshaw of England walks down the tunnel after the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

So many fans find it a struggle to get to Twickenham to watch their national side play Test and international matches, particularly with the rise and rise in the cost of train tickets each year. Every season England international rugby fixtures are held at Twickenham in greater London at the RFU’s dedicated 82,000-seater stadium. However, for many fans from the rest …

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Crossing Codes: Has New Sale Acquisition Charnley Got What It Takes?

WIGAN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Josh Charnley of Wigan Warriors beats Julian Busquet and Glenn Stewart of Catalans Dragons during the First Utility Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons at DW Stadium on February 5, 2016 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sale Sharks recently announced the signing of England and Wigan winger Josh Charnley, who will arrive in Salford at the end of this year’s Super League season, adding his name to a growing list of ‘code-crossers’ looking to succeed in both variations of the game. Many players of differing positions and statures have attempted to bridge the gap between league …

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Six Nations: Ranking England’s Championship-Winning Stars

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Owen Farrell of England celebrates victory with Jack Nowell on the final whistle during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having had a tournament to remember, including achieving a Grand Slam for the first time since 2003, we take a look back at just how well each member of this championship-winning England squad performed.  Here each player is rated from 1-10. _____ Props Joe Marler: 6 His battle for the loosehead prop position with Vunipola will prove fascinating. Two quality …

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Joe Marler’s Words Are Not Banter. They Are Racist.

Daire O’Driscoll discusses the reaction to Joe Marler’s “gypsy boy” comment during England’s 6 Nations clash with Wales. Rugby fans and World Rugby like to portray their sport as a bastion of sportsmanship and higher moral conduct. World Rugby’s memo urging referees to clamp down on “football culture” and referee Nigel Owens’ perpetual reminder to players that they are not on a soccer field highlight …

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