Eddie Jones has challenged his latest coaching addition, Paul Gustard, to add more bite to England’s defence when he starts work at the end of January.
Eddie Jones is ready to draw a line under the Stuart Lancaster era by appointing a new management team to take England through to the 2019 World Cup.
After the disappointment of the World Cup, English rugby has bounced back quickly with some very encouraging performances in Europe.
Golden Balls loves the ruggers... who'd have thought it!
As Eddie Jones prepares to mutter “G’day” to the reception staff at Twickenham and starts his search for the men to lead England forward, it will be fascinating to see in which direction he sets out.
Eddie Jones will have no option but to retain at least two-thirds of Stuart Lancaster’s England World Cup squad when he makes his first Six Nations selection in the new year.
This Haka really is almost as massive as Lomu himself.
Elevens were everywhere at Eden Park this afternoon.
As tributes go, this is pretty amazing.
Eddie Jones has in his long career never been accused of being diplomatic but since taking over as England’s head coach at the end of last year he has adopted a national tradition: his upper lip has largely been stiff, apart from the odd twitch, but that is set to change in the coming months as his side switches from European skirmishes to battles against the might of the southern hemisphere.
English rugby has over the years developed a reputation for a Roundhead attitude, but it is the round ball that is inspiring Eddie Jones as the national team’s head coach looks to build on this year’s grand slam success and oversee a fundamental change in playing style.
Many would have assumed on awakening to a Lions squad without Brian O’Driscoll in it that the great man had been injured or taken ill in the last 24 hours. They would have been mistaken.
Fiji-born Samu Kerevi and former rugby league player Karmichael Hunt are a chance to make their Test debuts after being included in the Wallabies’ training squad for a three-Test series against England in June.
The road has been long and winding but Bristol’s seven-year exile from the Premiership is finally over. Never in the club’s long and distinguished history has a home defeat been celebrated so raucously. Had the hosts not held a 15-point cushion from the first leg, the last-quarter tension would probably have dislodged tiles from nearby rooftops.
England could absolutely do with Wilkinson tonight against Australia!
Eddie Jones has poured scorn on suggestions from Toulon’s owner, Mourad Boudjellal, that Steffon Armitage has been promised an immediate route back into the England squad this year, insisting the flanker will have to move back across the Channel before he is considered for international duty and denying having spoken to anyone at the French club.
Eddie Jones has challenged his record-breaking England team to complete a 3-0 whitewash of Australia following their series-clinching 23-7 victory in the second Test in Melbourne.
In Australia they call it fossicking or noodling. Sometimes it can take decades of scouring the parched outback to secure the odd rare gem – perhaps opal or gold – lying unclaimed in a remote mining settlement such as Coober Pedy. Suddenly English rugby is in a similar situation; after years of fruitless June expeditions there is finally a glint of precious metal visible in the dirt.
England, for the first time in years, have reached the point where only a light touch on the tiller is required. On virtually every summer tour since the game went professional they have either been beset by injuries and off‑field scandals or too knackered to mount a serious challenge.