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England Head Coach Eddie Jones during training

Eddie Jones demands mental intensity from England as Australia tour looms

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.

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Bristol end seven-year Premiership exile despite Doncaster’s late rally

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.

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Eddie Jones: Steffon Armitage will not be fast-tracked into England side

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.


England head coach Eddie Jones before the match

Eddie Jones’s England chase history but must be wary of Lions’ fate

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.