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RFU Chief Ian Ritchie Received Big Bonus After England’s World Cup Exit

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RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie was awarded a £100,000 bonus after England became the first host nation in Rugby World Cup history to be knocked out of the Rugby World Cup Pool Stages. The harrowing campaign ultimately led to coach Stuart Lancaster’s dismissal as England Head Coach, but Ritchie pocketed an extra £100,000 from the staggering financial success of the tournament. According to …

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At The Centre Of It All: The History Of The Rugby Ball

It has witnessed thousands of moments of pure brilliance, been the source of controversy throughout rugby’s history and ultimately contributes to the uniqueness of the sport we all adore. The humble rugby ball, formerly known as a ‘quanco’, is iconic in the game for its odd shape, completely different to almost every other sport. Whilst cricket, football, tennis and more …

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Opinion: This Is England, Eddie Jones

Everything seemed to be going so well for Eddie Jones and his England team, before the same old problems that have blighted English rugby for so long began to rear their ugly heads once more. The Red Rose has had plenty of new dawns in the last 13 years since the glorious times of 2003, but the golden aura that …

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England Name 45 Man Elite Playing Squad

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England Head Coach Eddie Jones has named his 45 man elite player squad ahead of the upcoming November internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia. Jones has called up seven unubscapped players into his latest EPS squad with Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) Sam Jones (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps) and Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers) coming into the forwards while scrum-half Dan Robson (Wasps) …

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Eddie Jones Appoints Former World Cup Winner To England Backroom Team

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England Head Coach Eddie Jones has appointed former Saracens and England flanker Richard Hill to England’s backroom team as Hill joins the English coaching ranks as a team manager leaving his current role as pathway liaison manager for the RFU. Hill was capped 71 times for his country and was an instrumental part of the 2003 World Cup-winning side under Sir Clive …

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English Rugby: Who Would Win In A North Vs South Match?

BARNET, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Owen Farrell of Saracens passes the ball watched by Manu Tuilagi during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park on May 21, 2016 in Barnet, England.

Australian rugby league has its fiercely competitive state of origin series and England cricket recently announced plans to host a north versus south fixture, so wouldn’t it be great if English rugby could devise a similar match to pit the best players in the country against one another? Despite the extreme improbability of the RFU agreeing to the best players in …

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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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Chris Ashton Determined To Work His Way Back Into England Team

Saracens winger Chris Ashton has said that he is determined to play international rugby again after a recent meeting with England coach Eddie Jones. Ashton was excluded from Jones’ 32-man squad to tour Australia during the summer and has not played for England since Jones took charge of the Red Rose in November 2015. Jones has been very honest about …

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England Release Eighth Jersey In Two Years And Fans Are Furious

As the new international rugby season prepares to kick off in the northern hemisphere, England have released images of their latest alternative away strip for the 2016/17 season. In what is their eighth jersey in the last two years, their latest offering by Canterbury retains the navy but loses the familiar red side strips, instead splashing the red on the …

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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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Four Premiership Clubs Competing To Sign Sam Underhill

Sam Underhill has become one of the hottest properties in English rugby. Although he may only be 20 years of age, Sam Underhill has become one of England’s most sought after players. However, as the openside finds himself playing for the Ospreys while studying in Cardiff, Underhill cannot be included in the England squad until he joins a Premiership club. Consequently, …

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Exclusive – England’s Maggie Alphonsi: ‘Wanting To Be The Best Is What Has Always Driven Me’

“Playing in the final against New Zealand, singing the national anthem and having about 14,000 in there, singing the anthem back to you, it fills you with a lot of emotions and you feel very passionate about your country, what you stand for and what you’re there for.” Passionately patriotic and with an unwavering desire to succeed, England’s Maggie Alphonsi …

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Plight Of Bromsgrove Highlights English League Structural Failings

Midlands club Bromsgrove learnt recently that they will have to play their games in a South West league next season due to a necessary league restructuring. This will happen after the raft of promotions, relegations and play-offs in the leagues across the country meant there was an uneven number of sides in different leagues in different regions. In league level …

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Joe Marler Handed Formal Warning By RFU

Joe Marler landed himself in hot water earlier this week. England and Harelquins prop, Joe Marler has been handed a formal warning from the RFU, after directing tweeting obscene comment toward former Australian coach, Bob Dwyer. Marler described Dwyer as a ‘wanker’ in response to the Australian’s claim that Dan Cole had scrummaged illegally during England’s 39-28 victory over the Wallabies last weekend. …

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