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Opinion: Why Denny Solomona Should Not Play For England

SALFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Denny Solomona of Sale Sharks looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Sale Sharks and Saracens at AJ Bell Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Salford, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Sale Sharks’ rugby league convert Denny Solomona has lit up the Aviva Premiership with pace, power and guile that has won him many admirers in the union world. Yet the winger’s recent announcement of his intention to play for England is deeply problematic. Born in New Zealand, the Auckland powerhouse quickly made an impact at London Broncos and Castleford Tigers, …

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RFU Chief Executive Backs Changes To Six Nations Calendar

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 18: Captain Dylan Hartley of England lifts the Six nations trophy following the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The RFU are to back plans to reduce the current Six Nations schedule. Under the current calendar, the five fixtures are spread out across seven weekends (including two rest weeks) but the RFU have put their support behind the proposed move to eliminate one of the rest weeks from the 2020 campaign onwards, incorporating the changes to the global season announced …

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Eddie Jones Is Using Jose Mourinho’s Template To Win Games Late On

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: Eddie Jones the head coach of England looks on as his team warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England’s victories over the last year have been constant, but often late coming in their games. Eddie Jones puts this down to a practice used by Jose Mourinho. Called tactical periodisation, it is the brainchild of noted Portuguese lecturer Vitor Frade. The tactic focusses on being prepared for four distinct moments within a match. With huge importance being placed on …

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Six Nations 2017: Can England Do It Again?

As the Six Nations opens its gates for another year of epic encounters and intense rivalry, the question that needs to asked is, can England do it again? Last years the Six Nations brought English rugby fans the results that they have been craving for the last decade. 5 victories from 5 games. A grand slam to take back to …

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England’s Players To Share Record Breaking Bonus If They Win Second Successive Grand Slam

France v England - RBS Six Nations

England’s players will share a massive £3.5 million jackpot if they manage to win a second successive Grand Slam in the forthcoming Six Nations Championship. According to the Daily Telegraph‘s Gavin Mairs, England’s elite players will earn a £1 million bonus for retaining the Grand Slam, with the remaining £2.5 million being made up of image rights and training fees. …

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Two Premiership Players Test Positive For Cocaine Use [BBC]

The RFU have this evening confirmed that two Premiership players have tested positive for recreational drug abuse, after returning samples showing out-of-competition cocaine use. The news was reported by the BBC this evening, who have not revealed the identity of the players in question. Nevertheless, tough sanctions are sure to follow. Indeed, when former Bath players Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett, …

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Aviva Premiership Clubs Demanding Controversial Six Nations Overhaul

RBS 6 Nations Launch

England’s elite clubs look to be taking advantage of the ongoing negotiations to establish a new global calendar by proposing a radical overhaul of the Six Nations. The Six Nations already sits on a fault line dividing the northern and southern hemisphere unions, with SAANZAR threatening the Championship’s traditional place on the calendar and the European unions opposing any such relocation. …

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Sale Sharks Sack Player After Team Leak Allegations

Sale Sharks have today announced that winger Tom Arscott has had his contract terminated with the club. The statement released on behalf of the club reads: “Sale Sharks have today terminated the contract of Tom Arscott with immediate effect following a disciplinary investigation and hearing. No further comment will be made in accordance with the club’s disciplinary procedure.” It is …

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RFU To Push For Five-Year Residency Rule

England’s governing body, the RFU, are to push for the existing global residency rule to be extended from three years to five, meaning players not born in or with parentage from their adopted country must live in that nation for at least five years to qualify. According to The Telegraph, the RFU’s chief executive is keen to see a change …

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Sale Player Alleged To Have Leaked Team Info To Bristol Coach

SALFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Sale Sharks flags are flown during the Aviva Premiership match between Sale Sharks and London Wasps at the Salford City Stadium on May 04, 2013 in Salford, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

It is being reported by Neil Fissler of the Sunday Express that a member of the Sale Sharks playing squad is due to face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after it was discovered he had passed confidential team information on to an opposition coach. It is understood that both Premiership Rugby and the RFU have been informed, with the leak alleged to …

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Opinion – RFU Need To Come Down Hard On Sale Sharks Over Concussion Incident

Some movies are just really quotable. Comedy actor Will Ferrell has an impressive rollerdeck of films you can just reel off line after line from, while Academy Award winning director Quentin Tarantino has an equally impressive catalogue of films to quote from including Pulp Fiction and Resevoir Dogs. However, one film I always find myself quoting is Martin Scorsese’s 2006 gangster drama The Departed. Whether …

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RFU Reveal England’s Top Performer Of 2016

France v England - RBS Six Nations

It being New Year’s Eve, various publications and websites are listing their top rugby moments, teams and players of 2016. Although such lists create interesting talking points for fans to debate, some prefer an analytical approach where objective analysis determines the outcome. While for some this method can seem a little too clinical as it leaves out certain immeasurable variables, …

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World Rugby Issues Critical Statement On George North Injury Saga

After the controversial incident involving the treatment of Northampton Saints’ George North and his head injury during their game with Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on 3 December, and the subsequent Concussion Management Review Group investigtion whose findings were released this week, World Rugby has this evening issued its own statement regarding the findings. The sport’s governing body said: …

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Northampton Saints Avoid Sanction Despite The RFU Acknowledging George North Was Concussed

Although many expected the Northampton Saints to be sanctioned after returning George North to the field of play during their clash with the Leicester Tigers on December 3, the RFU’s Concussion Management Review Group (CMRG) have decided not to impose any punishment on the embattled club. North suffered what looked to be a serious concussion following a dangerous Adam Thompstone challenge during the …

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Twitter Reaction To Dylan Hartley Ban

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 3, Franklin's Gardens, Northampton, England 9/12/2016 Northampton Saints vs Leinster Referee Jérôme Garcès red card Dylan Hartley of Northampton Saints

England hooker Dylan Hartley was handed a six week suspension by a disciplinary committee in London today. Hartley was cited under Law 10.4 (a) after being red carded for a swinging arm on Leinster’s Sean O’Brien’s during the second-half of Northampton’s Champions Cup home defeat to Leinster last Friday. Hartley was originally given a mid-range sanction of five weeks, which was then extended to …

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