Warren Gatland has named Andy Farrell, Steve Borthwick and Rob Howley in his backroom team for the British & Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand in June.
Eddie Jones has warned England’s record‑equalling players they will be summarily dropped if they allow their standards to slip next year.
If they ever met for that beer afterwards, Michael Cheika no doubt told his old mate to enjoy this while it lasts.
The acrimonious buildup to England’s final autumn Test against Australia looks set to spill over on to the pitch after Eddie Jones warned the Wallabies his side would look to “break them mentally and physically”. The lock George Kruis indicated the home team would be looking to “target their puppet masters” and extend their unbeaten run to a record-equalling 14 Tests.
Perhaps it was the embarrassment of being the first Australian coach to lose a home series to England that did it, or possibly it was being mocked up as a clown last month.
The last time South Africa lost all their autumn Tests they at least went down swinging.
Odd little memories stand out crystal clear from the great mêlée of Saturday’s match, which was otherwise one long blur of flying bodies, boots and balls, reset scrums, rolling substitutions, red and yellow cards.
One more rose-tinted victory against Australia on Saturday will make this, statistically, the most impressive calendar year in English rugby history.
The sports scientists who work alongside England’s players informed the coaches this week that, statistically, the squad have never been happier.
The trio are related but still had to go head-to-head in the Six Nations yesterday.
Few would argue against the fact that the best Six Nations Championships are the ones that finish with a Grand Slam.
England could absolutely do with Wilkinson tonight against Australia!
England are poised to restore Northampton’s Tom Wood to their back row against South Africa but have dropped Alex Goode and Semesa Rokoduguni from the squad to face the Springboks. The uncapped Nathan Hughes, Ben Te’o, Kyle Sinckler and Josh Beaumont have made the cut, with at least three set to be on the replacements’ bench at Twickenham on Saturday.
Eddie Jones does a good fireside yarn and he was on cracking form when looking forward to England’s opening game of this autumn’s series.
England are set to reshuffle their backline for the autumn international against Fiji on Saturday with Semesa Rokoduguni, Alex Goode and Jonathan Joseph all pressing for more prominent roles.
The former England international says he would be disappointed to see Slammin' Sam give up on his rugby union adventure.
The former England international discusses potential Stuart Lancaster successors and selection policy with HITC Sport.
Aside from the first pictures of Donald Trump inside the White House there was no disputing the week’s most terrifying image.
This is supposed to be the season of wise men but rugby union, just at the moment, has lost its marbles. How else to explain the decision not to issue any sanction against anyone connected with George North’s recent botched head‑injury saga?
Rugby has always been a game of sliding doors. What if Dylan Hartley had started for Northampton in the Champions’ Cup game against Leinster last Friday night, rather than steaming in off the bench with a point to prove?