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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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Shane Williams Backs Unlikely Candidate For Lions Captaincy

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Shane Williams, who has been selected to play for the Lions against the Brumbies looks on during the British and Irish Lions training session at the North Sydney Oval on June 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Welsh legend Shane Williams believes Alun Wyn Jones would be a brilliant choice as Lions skipper for their daunting tour to New Zealand next summer. Abrasive English skipper Dylan Hartley is the clear favourite, having led England to a first Grand Slam in 13 years and a first ever series win in Australia. While Sam Warburton, the winning captain down …

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Toulouse Will Not Release Scotland Star For Lions Tour

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The scheduling of the Lions tour is becoming a trickier task in modern rugby, with the end of the club league season clashing with the beginning of the trip to the southern hemisphere. The planning for next June’s campaign in New Zealand is underway, after Warren Gatland has been confirmed as the head coach. However, he already has several headaches …

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Analysis: If ‘North’ England played ‘South’ England, Who Would Win?

Is there a North/South divide in English rugby? We split the Premiership clubs’ England-qualified player bases into two geographical halves to take a look at what English ‘North’ and ‘South’ teams might look like, with some interesting results. Please note that Midlands clubs have been divided up into either side depending on their geographical proximity to what are commonly known …

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Aviva Premiership Review: Top English Performers Of The Weekend

After England’s successful tour of Australia in the summer, the Aviva Premiership got back underway last weekend and we’ve rated the top English performers (including England qualified) from the opening round of League action – with one eye on the upcoming November’s Test matches. 1. Mako Vunipola – Saracens Vunipola gave another impressive performance in a game where Saracens struggled to make …

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Lock Stock: A Look At England’s Burgeoning Second Row Options

England and English rugby has always been known for its second rows, but after a decade of chopping and changing at four and five, the Red Rose might well have its most talented players and its greatest depth since the glory days of 2003. Take the incumbents Maro Itoje and George Kruis. The former has been the subject of much …

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Aviva Premiership Team Of The Week- Round One

Saracens v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership

The Aviva Premiership has begun! It’s been an enthralling, fanatic and energetic start to the 2016/17 season. Saracens carried on their dominance over English rugby with the largest win of the weekend against Worcester Warriors. Leicester Tigers produced a record breaking comeback against Gloucester to come out on top at Kingsholm. Meanwhile in Newcastle, the Falcons managed to pick up …

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Aviva Premiership 2015-2016: The Top Ten Of Everything – Part 2

In the first part of this article we looked at the Premiership’s top ten tacklers, offloaders and more in last season’s Aviva Premiership competition. Now we take a look at the turnover kings, the penalty machines, the best breakers and beyond. Top Ten Total Penalties Conceded Nic Schonert (Worcester)    33 Henry Thomas (Bath)        30 Jamie Gibson (Northampton)     29 …

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Exclusive: England’s Stuart Lancaster – Revisiting A Legacy

Memory is a funny thing. When you think of New Zealand’s Graham Henry, you think of 2011 – not 2007. With Clive Woodward it is 2003, not 1999. Yet for former England head coach Stuart Lancaster he is seemingly always to be synonymous with 15 minutes of rugby in 2015, but not the three and half years preceding them. Exclusively …

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England Unveil New Alternate Kit Ahead Of November Internationals

England Rugby players Maro Itoje, Jack Nowell and George Kruis, plus England Women’s Rochelle Clark, Lydia Thompson and Vicky Fleetwood, today unveiled the new England Rugby 2016/2017 alternate kit from Canterbury. The kit sees a reintroduction of navy blue, a popular colour used in England kits over the last 25 years, alongside red and white. The front of the shirt …

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Leicester Tigers 2002 Vs. Saracens 2016: Rating Each Player To Find Out Who Was The Better Team

Although the rivalry between the Leicester Tigers and Saracens may only be a modern incarnation, they have both given rise to two of the best club teams in the history of English rugby. While the core of the Leicester team may have had it’s roots in the amateur era, they were completely professional in their approach. The Tigers won four Premiership titles …

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Opinion: New Zealand’s Dominance Over Australia Puts England’s Series Win In Perspective

Even though Eddie Jones’ England impressed the global rugby community with a comprehensive 3-0 series victory over the Wallabies, New Zealand’s search for perfection in both and attack and defence against Australia in Sydney shows no one in the world comes close to them. For those Red Rose supporters getting a little carried away after their side won a trio of …

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Aviva Premiership 2016-2017 Preview: Saracens

How does anyone go about stopping the Saracens juggernaut? Given the signings that the club has made this season it’s going to be a question a lot of Premiership rivals will be asking this year. Even though Saracens have lost the likes of fly-half Charlie Hodgson and back row tackling machine Jacques Burger, their squad has been enhanced with the …

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