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.
Precisely what Eddie Jones does or not does not say is generally less important than the key messages he is trying to impart.
Eddie Jones has demanded significant further improvement from his England players if they wish to feature at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
England’s injury crisis has deepened after Mike Williams became the fourth flanker to be ruled out of the entire autumn series.
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“Happy new year to you all,” wrote Richard Cockerill in what turned out to be his final programme notes as Leicester’s director of rugby on Sunday. Less than 24 hours later, the club announced he had been sacked following the defeat by the Premiership club who have become as dominant this decade as the Tigers were in the 2000s, Saracens.
The Six Nations injury crisis continues.
Rugby Union: The 2013 British Lions tour gets underway shortly, and Jamie Hosie is on hand to make an early prediction for the first starting 15.
Injuries are an occupational hazard but if England prove as elusive with ball in hand as they have been with their recent fitness updates they will defeat Fiji comfortably on Saturday.
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?