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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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Opinion: The Rugby World Cup That Never Was

2007 RWC Final - England v South Africa

Back in 2002, the RFU’s CEO Francis Baron launched an ambitious plan to radically alter the make-up of the sport’s showpiece event, the Rugby World Cup. Yet instead of voting for change, the member nations of the IRB showed themselves to be staunchly conservative. But what might have been had the 2007 edition of the tournament been held in England …

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Watch: England Prospect Harry Thacker’s Superb Handling Skills

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Harry Thacker of Leicester breaks with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match between Leicester Tigers and Stade Francais at Welford Road on April 10, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Leicester’s youthful English hooker is turning heads at Welford Road with his superb performances for the Tigers, but this young tyro is not your old-fashioned type of hooker. Watch this fantastic ‘no-look’ pass against semi-final opponents Racing 92 last weekend: Harry Thacker is now in the #Ballers club with this ridic no-look pass pic.twitter.com/fynoNmkuyZ — Saturday RugbyChat (@Rugby_Chat) April 28, …

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London Irish Pin Hopes On Bedford Championship Win

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: London Irish leave the field after their defeat during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and London Irish at Kingston Park on April 17, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Three of the Championship’s play-off semi-finalists have passed the minimum standards criteria needed to gain access to the Aviva Premiership, but Bedford Blues did not even apply for an audit. It means that in the very likely event one of Bristol, Yorkshire Carnegie or Doncaster win the Championship title, Reading-based London Irish or Newcastle Falcons will be relegated to the …

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England Appoint New Scrum Coach

England v Australia - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

Eddie Jones has moved to appoint a scrum coach ahead of England’s summer tour of Australia. The RFU have this afternoon announced that Neal Hatley will become England’s new scrum coach once the Premiership season comes to a close. Hatley will join Eddie Jones’ staff from Bath, where he has been employed as a scrum and defence coach since 2012. …

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Possible England Saxons XV To Face South Africa This Summer

TEDDINGTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Head Coach of England Saxons Jon Callard gives instructions during the England Saxons training session on January 26, 2015 in Teddington, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

With the announcement of the England Saxons’ three-match tour to face the South Africa Baby Boks in June, I’ve selected a squad that, while not currently good enough to tour with England to Australia, are showing enough promise to deliver in the future. _____ 1. Alex Waller A consistent performer for Northampton and collected the starting jersey as a result …

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How World Cup Failure Led To England’s Club Revival

Although the season began with the worst World Cup campaign in the nation’s history, made worse by being the host nation, it appears an early exit from the globe’s most prestigious tournament has helped the Premiership clubs to flourish once again. After some stunning games of rugby, including Wasps’ last-gap win over Exeter, Leicester’s demolition of French giants Stade Francais, …

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Opinion: Why Selecting 15s Stars At The Last Minute Will Ruin Team GB

during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

Reports on Sunday revealed that Simon Amor, current England Sevens boss and the coach of the GB Sevens team for the Rio Olympics, wants to select some of the 15-a-side game’s star players for the GB side. Here Paul Peerdeman argues why it is a terrible idea and it will actually reduce Team GB’s chances in the Olympics. There are a few names in the frame who might …

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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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New Salary Cap Changes Could Create Two-Tier Premiership

during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England

As initial details of the new EPS agreement started to come through last night, fans began to speculate on how any changes to this and the Premiership’s salary cap would change the dynamic between club and country. However, with the changes for next season it could effectively create a two-tier Premiership. The salary cap was brought in by Premiership Rugby …

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