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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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Andy Goode Column: Jack Nowell Shouldn’t Have Been Dropped But I Understand Why Marland Yarde Has Been Selected

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Marland Yarde of England celebrates after scoring a try during the Old Mutual Wealth Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on May 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

England boss Eddie Jones has selected a team based on physicality. Since naming his team, Jones has been accused by some in the media of being conservative. His decision to pick Marland Yarde over Jack Nowell in particular has casued a great deal of controversy. Personally, I don’t think Nowell has done anything wrong for either England or Exeter, but Eddie seems to …

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The Battle For The Midlands: How Wasps Are Taking Over

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Wasps fans arrive at their new home ground prior to the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and London Irish at the Ricoh Arena on December 21, 2014 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In the beginning it was Leicester and Northampton, with Coventry and Moseley thrown in for good measure. Those were clubs that ruled the roost in the Midlands during the amateur days. Then along came the professional era and with it exciting pioneers and entrepreneurs that wanted to splash the cash and upset the apple cart. Birmingham’s premier rugby club, Moseley, …

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Opinion: Why England V Wales Spells Danger For Player Welfare

This time last year, an England XV was lining up to face the Barbarians at Twickenham. Featuring a mixture of some established players and a number of up-and-coming individuals, it was a joyous affair involving attacking rugby and no shortage of flair, nous and vivaciousness. Now, arguably the strongest team England can field will line up against a powerful Wales …

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England Centre Ben Te’o Wanted To Play For Australia

Dublin , Ireland - 20 May 2016; Ben Te'o of Leinster is tackled by Chris Henry of Ulster during the Guinness PRO12 Play-off match between Leinster and Ulster at the RDS Arena in Dublin. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Recently called up Worcester-bound Leinster centre Ben Te’o wanted to play for the Wallabies, in a country where he had spent ten years playing rugby league, it has been revealed. Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports that Ben Te’o held talks with both Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika and Reds coach Matt O’Connor about bringing him in to the Australia Super Rugby …

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Opinion: Vakatawa’s New France Contract Could Be A Game-Changer For Sevens Rugby

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Virimi Vakatawa of France ttys to evade Ross Ford of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Currently centrally contracted to the FFR, it appears Virimi Vakatawa is likely to shun numerous offers from Top 14 clubs to re-sign with France’s national governing body, despite the chance to earn more money elsewhere. Vakatawa, a surprise inclusion in Guy Noves’s first squad for the Six Nations, established himself as a regular with the country’s sevens side before making the …

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Three Of Rugby’s Biggest Breakthrough Stars

Northampton Saints v Glasgow Warriors - European Rugby Champions Cup

These youngsters have enjoyed breakthrough seasons this year and are set to stay at the top for a long time. I look at three breakthrough stars making a name for themselves: 1.Sam Underhill 19-year old Ospreys Openside, Sam Underhill, has had an outstanding season at the Liberty. The former England Under 18 skipper made two appearances for Gloucester last season, …

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Eddie Jones’ England Could Decimate Australia this summer

France v England - RBS Six Nations

Eddie Jones takes his England side to his homeland with every intention of shredding the Wallabies Summer rugby tours are a real treat for fans in the northern hemisphere. Domestic and European leagues are reaching their ever climactic conclusions and fans normally face a summer without their rugby heroes to cheer on. This year however, fans are spoiled for choice. …

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